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Bob Arum says Fury v Wilder III is definitely happening on October 9

Bob Arum says the trilogy bout between Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder will definitely take place next month.

Fellow trainer Eddie Hearn recently shared his concerns that the fight may now not take place on October 9, but Arum has attempted to pour cold water on any doubts by suggesting he's heard from Fury himself that the fight is definitely going ahead.

He told ESNEWS: “We’re going to get to that fight.

"They’re going to fight.

“I talked to Tyson yesterday.

"He’s ready to go and I know Wilder is ready to go, so it’s going to be a great fight."

Hearn, who promotes heavyweights Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte, insists he wants the fight to happen but says if it doesn't then Fury should be stripped of his WBC heavyweight title as he's not fought for nearly two years.

He said: “I want it to happen 100 per cent.

"I want a winner of that finally sorted so we can try again to make Anthony Joshua's undisputed fight.

“Fury has not boxed since February 2020 and if he doesn’t box in October then it will be almost two years since that title was defended.

“I think he needs to fight because otherwise he needs to be stripped of the title or made champion-in-recess."

“I appreciate the two-year absence is down to the pandemic and the problems but, when it gets to two years and everyone else has managed to fight, something has got to happen.”

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