Where In The World Will Wilder-Fury III Take Place?
Recently, there were talks that the trilogy bout between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury would not be taking place inside the United States or the United Kingdom. That is a result of the coronavirus and the ban on fans inside stadiums. No promoter would miss out on a potential gate like that. The only question would be where would it be safe to hold the fight?
Top Rank’s Bob Arum spoke with talkSPORT regarding specific locations for the fight. A major theme when it came to the location was the lack of issues with the virus. Arum had some ideal places in mind.
“We are looking elsewhere, at places where they’ve had very little coronavirus,” Arum stated. “Where it is not considered to be a problem.
“We are exploring the possibility of Macao, China, and also in a big venue in Australia, which seems to have the coronavirus under control.”
According to John Hopkins University, there are 7,133 cases of the coronavirus in Australia, with only 102 deaths. There are already plans in place to bring crowds back in the country for professional rugby games.
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.
As far as when the fight would take place, everything is up in the air. At first, it was postponed three times, with recent talks of a fight in November or December. Frank Warren predicted the bout wouldn’t take place until 2021. Arum, on the other hand, can see a Wilder-Fury fight in 2020.
“Our goal from Fury’s standpoint and Wilder’s standpoint is to get that fight on in the fourth quarter before the end of the year,” Arum went on to say.