Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) faces Deontay Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) in his first defense of his WBC and The Ring titles on Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada. The fight will be broadcasted via a joint pay-per-view from ESPN and FOX Sports.
Fury, who is ranked as the No. 1 heavyweight by ESPN, defeated Wilder by a seventh-round technical knockout in February 2020 to win his current titles. He previously held the WBA (super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles following his win over Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015, though he lost those belts after two years of inactivity.
Fury first fought Wilder in December 2018, when they drew. Wilder scored two knockdowns in the fight — including a vicious one in the 12th round — but Fury appeared to win a majority of the rounds, leading to post-fight controversy.
Saturday’s bout is expected to conclude the trilogy between Fury and Wilder, with the winner likely setting himself to face WBA (super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk in late 2022 or early 2023. Fury previously said he would like to face WBC interim champion Dillian Whyte in December, though it is uncertain whether that will happen next.
According to former ESPN boxing reporter Dan Rafael, Fury and Wilder were contractually guaranteed $5 million each in their second bout but ended up earning more than $25 million apiece. Wilder earned a disclosed purse of $4 million in their first fight while Fury earned $3 million, according to SportsJoe.
Here are the figures Sporting News was able to compile for their third bout.
Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder fight purse
How much money will Tyson Fury earn?
Fury is set to earn $10 million guaranteed for Saturday’s fight, according to TotalSportal, including a share of pay-per-view revenue that could earn him between $12 million and $15 million.
The website estimated that total based on 500,000 potential pay-per-view buys in the United States and 300,000 in the United Kingdom. TalkSport said Fury’s second fight with Wilder generated between 800,000 and 850,000 pay-per-view buys.
It is expected Fury’s fight with Wilder could be the least competitive of their trilogy. Many viewers felt Fury won the first fight, despite being knocked down twice, and the second, in which he knocked down Wilder twice and outlanded him by 48 punches, according to CompuBox.
How much will Deontay Wilder earn?
Wilder is expected to earn $8 million, according to TotalSportal, and could clear between $10 million and $12 million including pay-per-view revenue.
Wilder has seen his earnings for these fights decline after his performances against Fury. He has been outboxed in both fights, leading him to enlist former heavyweight Malik Scott as his trainer.
What is Tyson Fury’s net worth?
Tyson Fury is worth $30 million in 2021, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
What is Deontay Wilder’s net worth?
Deontay Wilder is worth $30 million in 2021, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Fury vs. Wilder 3 fight card
Depending on the pay-per-view totals of Saturday’s bout, Fury and Wilder’s payout could increase or decrease slightly based on the totals listed above.
Here is a recap of the full main card, which will begin on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.
- Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder — WBC and The Ring heavyweight titles
- Efe Ajagaba vs. Frank Sanchez — heavyweights
- Robert Helenius vs. Adam Kownacki — heavyweights
- Jared Anderson vs. Vladimir Tereshkin — heavyweights