Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder can go from wrapping their hands to wrapping gifts this year.
The third and possibly final match between Fury and Wilder can hold out in the US, per Top Rank, with the potential date of December 19 at the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, less than a week before Christmas.
The $1.84 billion stadium, which is set to open later this year, will be the home for the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders. The construction of the stadium is expected to be completed by the end of this month.
Organizers said a spacious stadium with 65,000 seats for football could be useful since no one knew what social distancing guidelines would apply in five months. The last time Fury and Wilder met on February 22, they fought in front of more than 15,800 crowds at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
After Fury and Wilder fought dramatically in 2018, they rematched in February. Fury defeated Wilder in the match before scoring a stoppage win in the seventh round. After the match, Wilder pointed the heavy costume he wore on the ring as an excuse for his loss, draining his strength. Wilder’s brother recently suggested that Fury used loaded gloves in a rematch after a doctor found a “dent” in Deontay’s head from a “blunt object”. Fury has denied this accusation.
In the third fight between the men contractually assured should the loser prefer to initiate it, Wilder immediately activated a clause before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the bout off its planned summer timeframe.
According to an ESPN report, Dec. 19 date is now being targeted by both camps. It is a date chosen, according to Top Rank’s Bob Arum, for how it suits 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.”