We were already excited for Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder 3, but with three cracking heavyweight fights on the undercard we’re now ordering mucho popcorn.
Bob Arum’s Top Rank and Al Haymon’s PBC (Premier Boxing Champions) have come up with a cracking plan to spice up the pay-per-view for the world heavyweight title showdown between ‘The Gypsy King’ and ‘The Bronze Bomber’.
The end result is a trio of undercard fights that all feature fascinating heavyweight storylines for different reasons. One is a bout chosen by PBC, one is chosen by Top Rank and the other features a cross-promotional matchup between the two.
Great idea, and it means we have a stellar evening of action involving some of the best big men around.
Fury vs Wilder 3 undercard – when and where?
Fury vs Wilder 3 will take place on Saturday July 24, 2021 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The PPV portion of the card is likely to begin around 6pm local time, which is 2100 ET and 0200 BST in the UK on Sunday July 25.
For your pay-per-view fee, you’ll get the following fights (on top of Fury vs Wilder 3 of course):
Efe Ajagba (15-0) vs Frank Sanchez (18-0)
A real beauty to support the showdown between Fury and Wilder features two unbeaten heavyweights potentially on the cusp of great things. Nigerian prospect Ajagba bounced back from an injury-hampered Top Rank debut to produce a highligh-reel knockout of Brian Howard earlier this year. ‘Cuban Flash’ Sanchez meanwhile was not to blame for the disappointing end to his technical decision defeat of Nagy Aguilera on the Canelo vs Saunders undercard in Texas in May.
It’s a cracking scrap this between two mean looking to reach the very top in a booming heavyweight division. For that reason it’s a crossroads fight and also something you don’t often get. Unbeaten prospects are so often over-protected. Not in this case.
Robert Helenius (30-3) vs Adam Kownacki (20-1)
Another crossroads fight – this time for Brooklyn-based Pole Adam Kownacki. He was 20-0 and apparently headed towards world level until he was sensationally stopped by Finn Helenius in their showdown in March 2020.
Kownacki gets an immediate chance to avenge that defeat and he really must if he’s to retain any hope of one day challenging the very best for a world title. For Helenius meanwhile, another win would cement his status as one of the best fighters in that tier just below the heavyweight elite.
Jared Anderson (9-0) vs tba
America loves a heavyweight prospect, and right now Jared ‘Big Baby’ Anderson might be the best it has. The 21-year-old from Ohio has nine wins – all inside distance – to start his professional career.
He’ll get the chance to showcase his evolving skills in front of a big pay-per-view audience on both sides of the Atlantic and we can’t wait to see what he can do. Arum has high hopes for him, believing he could be the future of the division. Time will tell, but one thing for sure is that he puts the perfect icing on this tantalising heavyweight cake.
How can I watch the Fury vs Wilder 3 PPV?
Fury vs Wilder 3 is set to be a pay-per-view on BT Sport Box Office in the UK with official details and pricing still to be announced.
In the US meanwhile the show is likely to be a joint pay-per-view with FOX and ESPN both airing the bout – as they did for Fury vs Wilder 2 in February 2020. Fury has a contract with ESPN while PBC has a broadcast deal with FOX.