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The 3rd fight in between heavyweight champ Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will not take place on Dec. 19 as prepared, Leading Rank promoter Bob Arum informed ESPN on Wednesday. The factor? Football.
“We’re moving off because there’s 5 championship game video games that day and night, plus 2 NFL video games,” Arum said. “So we can’t opt for the 19th; we’re taking a look at other dates right now since ESPN recommended us, and Fox advised the PBC [which promotes Wilder]”
The battle might not be moved later, such as into the early part of 2021. Arum stated it could be staged, “a bit earlier in December.”
“We’re taking a look at the schedule– PBC, Fox, ESPN and us– to pick a date,” he said.Tyson Fury,
right, knocked out Deontay Wilder in the seventh round of their 2nd fight. Al Bello/Getty Images
Leading Rank is preparing a card on ESPN on Dec. 12 that will feature WBC junior lightweight world titlist Miguel Berchelt against Oscar Valdez.The strategy is for Fury-Wilder III to take place at Allegiant Stadium, the house of the Las Vegas Raiders of the NFL, with minimal seating and social distancing guidelines.”It’s absolutely Allegiant Stadium,”Arum said.”The Raiders are on board, the city is on board, the convention authority is on board. Everyone is on board.”Fury and Wilder fought to a questionable split draw in their very first matchup in December 2018 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.In the rematch on Feb. 22, Fury knocked out Wilder in the seventh round
to win the WBC heavyweight title, with that bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.