Wilder-Fury II Set For February 22nd
Three days after he knocked out Luis Ortiz, WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder’s rematch with Tyson Fury is set for February 22nd.
A fight between the two has been rumored for February for months and has been officially set and per a report from ESPN they will face off at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in a joint venture between both ESPN who have the rights to Fury’s fights and FOX who have a deal with Premier Boxing Champions, who represent Wilder.
“We’re going to have an announcement before Christmas, but the fight is happening Feb. 22. You can go to sleep on that,” Top Rank founder Bob Arum said.
“It will all get worked out in early December as far as the site, but the 22nd is the date,” WIlder’s manager Shelly Finkel said. “The site is not 100 percent set, but I’m not concerned about getting the site done. We’ll meet about that and about when to make the official announcement, when to have a press conference. These are things that still need to get done.”
“There is no reason to believe the MGM won’t do what they always do to attract a big fight because obviously this is the biggest fight, and no question the MGM loves to have the big fights,” Arum said of the location which hosted Wilder-Ruiz II and Fury’s last two fights. “There’s nothing written in stone, so Shelly is totally correct that the site is not 100 percent done, but all things being equal and the MGM does what they generally do, the fight will be at the MGM.”
“Everybody involved factored in that, it was the big date they could get the most bang and publicity for the event,” Arum said. “The college football season is over, the NFL season is over, the playoffs haven’t started yet in the NBA, and March Madness is a month away.”