The fight fans across the world want to see has been made, as WBC and The Ring world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury will battle Deontay Wilder for a third time on Saturday, July 24th in Las Vegas according to Top Rank promoter Bob Arum.
An arbitrator had previously ruled that Anthony Joshua will have to wait for the winner to unify the belts of the heavyweight division, as the bout between Joshua and Fury set for September 14th in Saudi Arabia was ruled a no-go due to contractual obligations.
Fury and Wilder fought on in February of 2018 to a draw in Los Angeles. In February of 2020 they ran it back in Las Vegas, with Fury scoring the seventh-round TKO victory. Because of the pandemic pause, Wilder has been unable to enact his rematch clause until now. And the arbitrator has made it clear he’ll get that opportunity before Joshua, the reigning WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight champion, gets a chance to unify the division for the first time since Lennox Lewis did so over 20 years ago.
There is no venue for the fight yet, but there are multiple indoor arenas on the Las Vegas Strip capable of holding such an event. And for a fight of this magnitude, the Las Vegas Raiders home of Allegiant Stadium on the other side of I-15 could be invoked. It would be the first boxing card held in that venue if so, and likely a huge summertime boost to the Sin City economy.