Bob Arum isn’t fully giving up hope on putting the third fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder in the United States, telling Sky Sports that the new Allegiant Stadium, home to the Las Vegas Raiders of the NFL, could be in play for late this year.
But Arum is also fielding offers internationally, and that has been discussed as a possibility or even a likelihood for a bit now, as a fight this rich really needs some sort of gate receipt in order to go on.
Arum says Macau, where he’s promoted a handful of events but none in years, and Sydney, Australia are both interested.
“Maybe Macau which needs to attract customers and has tremendous protocols. They have had, for months now, no cases of coronavirus. ... We’ve talked to them. They’re ready to put up money for the Fury fight against Wilder in November or December. ... Our friends in Australia are talking about doing this fight, probably in Sydney. That’s a possibility.”
Arum is stressing here that they want to do the fight “with full spectators.” In Las Vegas, that could mean 20-30,000 at Allegiant Stadium. Internationally, who knows? Ticket prices change wherever you go. A key reason so many big fights are held in Las Vegas is, generally speaking, the promoters and venue can charge a lot more money for a ticket in Vegas than you can anywhere else.
Fury (30-0-1, 21 KO) and Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KO) first met in Dec. 2018, with the fight ending in a controversial draw. Fury left no chance for the judges to interfere in their rematch a bit over three months ago (seems like forever, doesn’t it?), stopping Wilder in the seventh round to add the WBC title to his LINEAL!!! claim.
The third fight was originally planned for July 18, but COVID-19 concerns pushed it to an original rescheduled date of Oct. 3, which has also been scrapped.