Tyson Fury will make the first defence of his WBC heavyweight title against Deontay Wilder this summer in Las Vegas.
The "Gypsy King" had originally agreed to fight Anthony Joshua on August 14 for all of the marbles, only for an arbitration court ruling to get in the way.
Wilder demanded a $20million side fee to move aside but Team Fury refused to pay the American and instead opted to face the him for a third time.
It is the first time both men will fight since Fury's brutal beating of the "Bronze Bomber" in February 2020. Billed as a genuine 50/50 because of Fury's ring IQ and Wilder's punching prowess, the former delivered on his promise by crushing his opponent inside seven rounds.
Planet Sport Bet has Fury an odds-on favourite to repeat victory and get closer to a showdown with AJ or Oleksandr Usyk to determine heavyweight's first undisputed champion since Lennox Lewis in 1999.
Wilder vs Fury (December 1, 2018): Split-draw
Wilder vs Fury 2 (February 22, 2020): Fury TKO7
In the first fight, Fury dominated much of the punching stats and overall landed 84 times compared to Wilder's 71, according to CompuBox.
In the power punches, Fury also edged it 38-31 and was more accurate in the jabs department at 46-40. (26%-17% overall, 21%-16% jabs, 37%-17% power).
The scoring did not reflect the stats though with the cards reading 115-111 Wilder, 114-112 Fury and 113-113.
In the rematch, Fury outlanded Wilder 82-34 in total punches and scored 20 more power punches in seven rounds (58) than he did in the 12 rounds of their previous bout in 2018.
Wilder was able to hit Fury with just 18 power shots in contrast. The "Gypsy King" won every punching percentage of the rematch.
In total, Fury landed 82 of his 267 total punches (31%) as well as 58 out of 160 power punches (36%). Wilder landed just 34 of 141 his total punches (24%), and 18 out of 55 power punches (33%).
New trainer, same Wilder?
Mark Breland's decision to throw the towel in to save Wilder from severe punishment had severe repercussions with the trainer being fired.
Wilder has hired Malik Scott - a former opponent of his - as his new head trainer for the upcoming rematch. The fallout continued for Wilder who has made some pretty absurd claims since his 2020 loss - a defeat which should have humbled him but instead has had the opposite impact.
First Wilder blamed his defeat on a 40lb costume he wore to the ring on fight night, stating the weight of the outfit left his legs feeling like jelly before the opening round.
According to Wilder, he also had his water spiked and went on to say Fury's gloves were loaded (even though his team watched Fury get his gloves put on before the contest).
"What you did is what my people deal with all the time, someone cheating them from providing their greatness into the world," Wilder said in a social media post.
"I saw in the first fight when Ricky Hatton was pulling down your glove to put your first in the improper position. Y'all tried the same method the second time, but this time you scratched flesh out of my ears which caused my ears to bleed.
"It's impossible for a brand new 10 ounce glove to keep a smooshed in form or to have loose space. I highly believe you put something hard in your glove. Something the size and the shape of an egg weight.
"It's the reason why the side of my face swelled up in the egg weight form and it left a dent in my face as well. But you still couldn't keep this king down.
"In the end, it took a crab in a bucket referee and a disloyal trainer to throw the towel in just to stop me… Your payback is coming," Wilder added.
Will it be repeat for Fury?
Wilder is perhaps the hardest-hitting heavyweight since Mike Tyson but the problem is, he only has one punch to his game. Can he move quicker and look more slicker than Fury? No.
The truth is, Wilder does not have the ring IQ to outperform Fury so it comes down to one thing and one thing only - is Fury motivated?
According to the self-proclaimed Gypsy King, he is going to beat Wilder in a quicker time than the previous encounter and under SugarHill Steward, who can argue otherwise.
Wilder wanted $20million to move aside for the Joshua-Fury fight and when they refused to pay him the fee, he had no other choice but to take on Fury. Jeff Lacey - the once feared super middleweight star - was considered by American writers as the most fearsome boxer to have graced the ring since "Iron Mike".
That was until he got schooled by Joe Calzaghe in Manchester in 2006. After his one-sided defeat, Lacey was never the same fighter again. The same goes to Wilder. Fury has exposed him as a limited opponent who only has one punch in his locker and it appears Fury has ripped the soul out of him just like "Super Joe" did against Lacey.
It would be a huge upset if the "Bronze Bomber" beats Fury and will change the heavyweight landscape once again. One punch can change everything but if we're honest, he has very little chance of beating the reigning WBC, Ring Magazine and lineal champion.
When is Fury vs Wilder 3?
Saturday, July 24, 2021. The bout will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
What time is the fight?
The main event is expected to take place at around 8-9pm PT for American fans and 5am BST for British and Irish viewers.
Where can I watch it?
ESPN and FOX will distribute it on pay-per-view in the US while Sky Sports Box Office and BT Sports Box Office are in contention for the rights in the UK and Ireland.
What's on the line?
The WBC and Ring Magazine titles as well as the status as lineal champion. Not only are belts on the line, a meeting with the winner of Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk is also up for grabs.