There have been conflicting reports regarding a trilogy fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder. Originally meant for the summer, the bout has been moved to either November or December. Now, it appears one of the main things we have to worry about is where the fight will be.
Top Rank’s Bob Arum told Boxing Scene that the United States and the United Kingdom are out on the fight. Arum went on to say that talks have been heating up with other areas.
“We have proposals from entities in two countries that we’re considering now,” Arum stated. “And when they become more concrete, which will probably be in the next week or two weeks, we’ll run them by the PBC people because, after all, they’re our partners in that promotion. And hopefully, then we’ll make an announcement. Right now, we’re looking to do that fight in the fourth quarter of the year and we’re probably gonna be doing it outside of the United States and outside of the United Kingdom.”
Wilder (42-1-1) and Fury (30-0-1) fought in February in a rematch from their 2018 bout that ended in a draw. In the original fight, Fury survived a twelfth-round knockdown. This time around, Wilder struggled against Fury. Wilder was knocked down twice and was bleeding from around his ears. In the seventh, Wilder’s team threw in the towel, giving Fury the win via TKO.
Wilder, the now-former WBC Heavyweight Champion, immediately exercised his rematch clause. He also blamed his suit that he walked to the ring with for the loss, stating it was too heavy. Now, even if he must wait following biceps surgery, Wilder will get his chance at redemption.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, states have shut down sporting venues. Those states who have remained open, mainly Florida and Arizona, require no fans in the building. The MGM Grand Garden Arena was sold out for the second fight, and promoters like Arum and Eddie Hearn have been adamant about having big names at events where there can be a crowd. Arum knows the cost of holding a fight like this without a profit is not worth it.
“You can’t do that event without making up for the $17 million in gate revenue that you would otherwise lose,” Arum went on to say. “You can’t do it.”
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