by David P. Greisman
Heavyweight prospect Deontay Wilder could potentially be fighting on July 13 in New York City, rather than heading to the United Kingdom to face Dereck Chisora, according to Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer.
“Deontay is going to be fighting here in the U.S. Deontay had some legal issues he had to deal with, so it’s not a good time to travel right now,” Schaefer said, a nod toward Wilder’s arrest in Las Vegas earlier this month on a domestic violence charge. In addition, the premature announcement of a bout between Wilder and Chisora has been well chronicled on this website.
“I’m certainly not ruling out a Chisora fight. We would be open to that,” Schaefer said, before mentioning a pair of other British heavyweights. “We would be open to a Tyson Fury fight. We would be open to a David Price fight.”
If Wilder fights on July 13, it would be on the Barclays Center undercard to Bernard Hopkins’ bout with light heavyweight Karo Murat.
Wilder, 27, is coming off a first-round stoppage of Audley Harrison last month in the United Kingdom. The win brought his record to 28-0 with 28 knockouts.
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