The Ring reports that Staples Center has defeated Mandalay Bay in the battle for Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury, which takes place on December 1st via Showtime pay-per-view. As the article states, this will be the first “significant heavyweight title fight in L.A.” since Lennox Lewis bested Vitali Klitschko 15 years ago.
This will be Wilder’s (40-0, 39 KO) second appearance in L.A., having smashed Kelvin Price in 2012 at the now-demolished Sports Arena, and Fury’s (27-0, 19 KO) first Stateside bout since fighting back from a knockdown to stop Steve Cunningham in 2013.
There was supposed to be a press conference for this fight yesterday, but it’s apparently been bumped to next Monday to make room for the Usyk-Bellew conference. It looks as though the grand ambitions to put Leo Santa Cruz vs. Gary Russell Jr. and Gervonta Davis vs. Abner Mares on the card fell through, but The Ring names Jarrett Hurd and Luis Ortiz as possible co-stars.