Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder appear to have a home for the final leg of their heavyweight trilogy.
Event co-promoters Top Rank and TGB Promotions have placed a venue hold on T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas to host the third fight between Fury and Wilder. The request was approved by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) during its monthly agenda hearing held Tuesday via remote conference call.
The heavyweight championship clash is tentatively scheduled to take place July 24 on Pay-Per-View. It will mark the first fight for either boxer since their rematch last February, when England’s Fury (30-0-1, 21KOs) became the first to defeat Alabama’s Wilder (42-1-1, 41KOs) via 7th round knockout at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Their bout produced the largest-ever live gate for a heavyweight main event, amassing $16,916,440 in ticket sales in addition to generating well north of $60,000,000 in PPV revenue.
Fury headlined the last boxing event to take place at T-Mobile Arena, coming in his September 2019 unanimous decision win over previously unbeaten Otto Wallin. The event came three months after Fury’s Las Vegas debut, in which he stopped Germany’s Tom Schwartz in the 2nd round of their June 2019 ESPN+ headliner from MGM Grand.
The forthcoming July 24 clash will mark Fury’s fourth straight Vegas appearance, with the event serving as the third fight in a row in town for Wilder. Prior to the rematch with Fury, Wilder registered the 10th successful defense of his WBC heavyweight title following a 7th round knockout of Luis Ortiz in their November 2019 rematch at MGM Grand. The bout took place nearly 21 months after their March 2018 thriller, with Wilder bumping off a then-unbeaten version of Ortiz via 10th round knockout at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Wilder and Fury met for the first time in December 2018, fighting to a 12-round split decision draw atop a Showtime Pay-Per-View event from Staples Center in Los Angeles. The bout was the third for Fury since returning to the sport that prior June, his record now 5-0-1 (3KOs) over the span of his comeback tour after being away from the ring for more than 30 months following a November 2015 win over Wladimir Klitschko to claim the lineal heavyweight championship.
Prior to moving forward with the contractually bound third fight with Wilder, Fury was in advanced talks to face England’s Anthony Joshua (24-1, 22KOs) for the undisputed heavyweight championship. The dream superfight between the pair of British heavyweights was eyed for August 14 in Saudi Arabia, though never able to get over the finish line due to a lengthy legal battle with Wilder.
The terms of the contract for their February 2020 rematch allowed for the loser to exercise a clause calling for a third fight. Wilder did just that a week or so after their fight, only for plans to get delayed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and other contributing factors. Efforts to stage the event last December fell through, with reasons varying depending on which side of the story you believe.
An independent arbitration judge sided with Wilder, ruling that Fury was bound to the terms of the contract and thus could not proceed with any other fight. From there, it didn’t take long for the two sides to agree on the July 24 date.
Original plans called for the trilogy affair to head to Allegiant Stadium, home to the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders. In fact, the five-person NSAC panel was prepared to approve that agenda item before it was revealed by Bob Bennett, executive director of the Nevada commission that the stadium was no longer in play for the event.
Nevada attorney general Mike Detmer clarified the change in plans for the request to instead be for T-Mobile Arena. The venue generally serves as home to the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights and has previously hosted eight boxing events dating back to Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez’s 6th round knockout Amir Khan to defend his middleweight championship in May 2016.
The third fight between Fury and Wilder comes as Nevada has once again allowed full venue capacity for sporting and entertainment events.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox