There has been a change in plans with Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder III.
Fury vs. Wilder III was initially planned for July 18. Things changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Top Rank Boxing and Premier Boxing Champions had been hoping to have the fight take place on December 19 inside Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. Another change in date has occurred.
Top Rank’s Bob Arum informed ESPN that there will be a new date for Fury vs. Wilder III. Here is his explanation.
“We’re moving off because there’s five conference championship games that day and night, plus two NFL games. So we can’t go with the 19th, we’re looking at other dates right now because ESPN advised us, and Fox advised the PBC [who promotes Wilder]. We’re looking at the schedule, PBC, Fox, ESPN and us, to pick a date. It’s definitely Allegiant Stadium. The Raiders are on board, the city is on board, the Convention Authority is on board. Everybody is on board.”
Fury and Wilder went to a majority draw in their first meeting back in December 2018. “The Gypsy King” defeated Wilder in the rematch via seventh-round TKO on February 22. Fury is hoping to put away Wilder for good and possibly move on to a title unification bout against WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO Champion Anthony Joshua.
When Fury vs. Wilder III does happen, the hope is that fight fans will be allowed to attend the event even if it is at a reduced capacity. The feeling is that there is simply too much money on the table to hold the event without a live gate.