By Mark Elezaj
According to Top Rank executive Brad Jacobs, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder’s much anticipated third fight is being targeted for December 19 with locations “all over the world”.
“We are focusing on December 19 and are hoping that, by then, we are back to a nearly normal situation,” Jacobs told Sky Sports.
“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.”
Wilder activated a rematch clause in his contract to face Fury for a third time, following his first career loss back on February 22.
So what about Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas you ask?
According to an ESPN report, Dec. 19 is a date selected, according to Top Rank’s Bob Arum, due to how it fits in with the NFL schedule.
“We’ve reserved that date for Allegiant Stadium,” Arum said. “The Raiders are playing on that Thursday [Dec. 17], which is perfect. After the game is over, we put up the ring and so forth. We have a couple of days to do it, and Saturday we have the fight.”
Todd duBoef, Top Rank president, added that all sides involved are looking at different options for fans to attend the fight even under social distancing guidelines if needed.
“We understand (the limitations on crowds), and we’re looking at all the different options that relates to if it’s a larger venue with big spacing or if it’s a normal venue,” duBoef said. “We’re taking all that into consideration.”
Arum also hopes that a crowd of 20,000 or more can attend the fight.
“That is the date that we all want,” Arum said. “That’s the date that both sides are happy with. Whether we’ll be able to a do it in the stadium with limited seating, that’s in the hands of the gods.”
Top Rank has also looked at China, Australia and Saudi Arabia as possible venues to host the third fight between the two heavyweights, if it’s not possible to hold live events with crowds in the United States by December.
Fury, the current WBC and lineal champion following his victory over Wilder in their rematch in February is set to be the favorite in their third fight.
Wilder, who has vowed to come back stronger, suggested that he will not recognise Fury as champion until after their final fight.
~The Fighting Voice~