Top Rank’s Bob Arum is adamant a Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury trilogy bout will happen sometime before 2020 ends. The only thing he needs to worry about is the location of the fight.
Arum previously mentioned Macau, China or Australia as options to hold the heavyweight clash. Regarding the latter, Australian promoter Dean Lonergan, who worked with Arum on Manny Pacquiao v. Jeff Horn and the UFC on Ronda Rousey v. Holly Holm, had the perfect location in mind. This will all depend on the current situation regarding the coronavirus.
“The suggestion was to go to a place called Bankwest Stadium, which can hold about 45,000 people,” Lonergan stated to Sky Sports. “It’s the middle of summer down here. You could have pictures beaming out across the world to probably 170 plus countries, which is what that fight would get to.
“It could go into Melbourne and Marvel Stadium. They had 50,000 people there for the UFC not so long ago, or we could do it at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.”
Australia is already in the planning stages of bringing events back into the country. According to John Hopkins University, there are 7,265 cases of the virus in Australia with only 102 deaths. The ideal time to get it done would be in December, during Christmastime.
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.
After Wilder exercised his rematch clause the trilogy bout was postponed three times, with recent talks of a fight in November or December. With Wilder undergoing biceps surgery, it is unknown when exact plans will be set for the fight. Arum was adamant, however, that the fight would not take place in the United States or the United Kingdom. If something were to come up, Las Vegas would be the spot, with the Raiders’ new stadium the ideal location.
Regarding Macau, Arum wouldn’t mind having the event there, as recent events have opened up opportunities. He is just waiting to see if the area can hold spectators.
“Maybe Macau, which needs to attract customers and has tremendous protocols,” Arum stated, via Sporting News. “They have had, for months now, no cases of coronavirus.”
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