It appears that Deontay Wilder will get his chance to avenge a loss at the hands of Tyson Fury sooner than we think.
Over the past few months, rumors have been flying as to when the trilogy bout between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury will take place. Originally meant for the summer, October ended up being the new landing spot for the fight. Then, it was announced it would take place around November or December. There are even some rumors that the fight won’t take place until 2021. This is due to Wilder’s biceps surgery and the coronavirus pandemic. Traveling has been limited while promoters want fans to attend the fight.
Speaking with Sky Sports, Top Rank executive Brad Jacobs discussed a potential date that is being penciled in for the end of the year. It would almost be a similar start time to the initial bout in December 2018.
“We are focusing on December 19 and are hoping that, by then, we are back to a nearly normal situation,” Jacobs stated. “That may be a 50 percent capacity. We are looking all over the world, at this point, for the best location for this event. That will be narrowed down and we’ll see where it takes us.”
Back in 2018, Wilder (42-1-1) and Fury (30-0-1) fought to a split decision draw. The fight saw Wilder knock down Fury in the twelfth but the “Gypsy King” got back up. In the February rematch, Fury chased after Wilder and knocked him down twice. The lineal heavyweight champion had Wilder bleeding by the ears while the latter did not showcase the classic power he normally displays. In the end, Wilder’s corner threw in the towel, awarding Fury the WBC Heavyweight Championship.
As to where the fight will be located, due to COVID-19, it was discussed that not having the fight in the United States or the United Kingdom would be best. Fury, however, is interested in fighting in Las Vegas. Australia or Macau were possibilities, with fans being allowed at events in the former area. Jacobs didn’t give a specific location in mind but did say that all options are being considered.
“We are looking all over the world, at this point, for the best location for this event,” Jacobs went on to say. “That will be narrowed down and we’ll see where it takes us. There are many offers from all over the world. It will land where it lands, for whatever reason. At the moment there is no real progress for any specific location.”
Boxing has made its way back to the world following months of inactivity. Top Rank has been producing events in Las Vegas since the start of June, while Golden Boy is set to return to California in the next few weeks. Matchroom Boxing will be utilizing “Matchroom Fight Camp“, with all of these promotions not allowing fans to come to events.
As far as holding events with big fighters, Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev are set to face off against one another within the next few months. Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn previously recommended Royal Albert Hall or Olympia in the UK for the bout, which could hold over 1,000 people. This is after he predicted that fans would probably be allowed back to watch events by late August. Looking at data and how other events are functioning, Jacobs will consider all of the options.
“We are looking towards what the next step is,” Jacobs stated. “A small hall with 1,000 people? A big arena that holds 15,000 but with 3,000 inside? How close can people sit? It is a huge undertaking to reach this next step. We are investigating it actively.”