Heavyweight hitters set to grace Fury-Wilder III undercard

Some intriguing heavyweight confrontations are poised to bolster the Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder III undercard at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on July 24.

Unbeaten heavies Frank Sanchez (18-0, 13 KOs) and Efe Ajagba (15-0, 12 KOs) are set to collide in a crossroads encounter, pitting a PBC fighter against a rival Top Rank promoted foe, according to Mike Coppinger of ‘The Athletic’.

Both Sanchez (PBC) and Ajagba (Top Rank) are on the periphery of the heavyweight title picture. Cuban Sanchez is trained by Canelo’s coach Eddy Reynoso whilst towering Nigerian Ajagba defected from Al Haymon’s PBC to join Top Rank last year.

Meanwhile, Polish fan favourite Adam Kownacki (20-1, 15 KOs) will seek to avenge his shock defeat to Finnish dangerman Robert Helenius (30-3, 19 KOs). Kownacki was on the verge of a heavyweight title shot when Helenius derailed him in three rounds in March 2020. Their rematch will also feature on the Fury-Wilder III card, according to Keith Idec of ‘Boxing Scene’.

In addition, Top Rank heavyweight hope Jared Anderson (9-0, 9 KOs) will be showcased in the Pay-Per-View show-opener against an opponent to be announced.

All eyes will be on the main event where Fury and Wilder recommence hostilities for the WBC heavyweight crown. The duo battled to a hotly-disputed draw in December 2018 before Fury emphatically won the rematch in seven rounds in February 2020. 

Last month, Wilder won an arbitration case to enforce a previously-contracted third meeting, scotching hopes of a summer mega bout between rival heavyweight champions Fury and WBA Super, WBO and IBF king Anthony Joshua.