Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will return to the city where they first fought to promote their third heavyweight title fight.
BoxingScene.com has learned that their third bout will be officially announced at a press conference Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles. The site of their press conference and whether it’ll be open to the public had not been determined as of Wednesday morning.
Fury and Wilder are scheduled to fight again July 24 in Las Vegas. The Nevada State Athletic Commission approved a request by Top Rank Inc. and TGB Promotions at its monthly meeting Tuesday to reserve T-Mobile Arena as the site for their ESPN/FOX Sports pay-per-view fight.
England’s Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) will defend the WBC title he won when he stopped Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) in the seventh round of their rematch in February 2020 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Fury floored Wilder once apiece in the third and fifth rounds and continued to overwhelm Wilder with his pressure and physicality until Wilder’s assistant trainer, Mark Breland, threw in the towel during the seventh round.
Wilder exercised his contractual right to their third fight soon after suffering his first professional defeat. Their third encounter was tentatively scheduled three times, only to be postponed indefinitely due to crowd restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bob Arum’s Top Rank, Fury’s co-promoter, and promoter Eddie Hearn then attempted to instead schedule a Fury-Anthony Joshua showdown. A deal for that very lucrative heavyweight title unification fight was near completion before an arbitrator ruled May 17 that Fury is contractually obligated to face Wilder a third time next.
Almost all terms of the contracts for their third fight were finalized in the spring of 2019 as part of a two-fight deal. The final deal points were ironed out within several days of judge Daniel Weinstein’s ruling, yet Wilder-Fury III still hasn’t been officially announced.
They fought to a 12-round split draw in their initial meeting 2½ years ago. The hard-hitting Wilder, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, floored Fury in the ninth and 12th rounds of that Showtime Pay-Per-View main event, but Fury made it to the final bell in December 2018 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.