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Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder III no longer happening on Dec. 19

Tyson Fury and Deontay will fight a third time. However, the date is still to be determined.

Originally the two heavyweight superstars were scheduled to fight on Dec. 19 at the new Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas with limited seating and social distancing. Now a new date is being sought after due the football schedule on that date.

“We’re moving off because there’s five conference championship games that day and night, plus two NFL games,” Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told ESPN. “So we can’t go with the 19th; we’re looking at other dates right now because ESPN advised us, and Fox advised the PBC [which promotes Wilder].”

The new date may come earlier in December or may possible be pushed back to early 2021.

Currently ESPN will be airing a Top Rank card on Dec. 12 with WBC junior lightweight champion Miguel Berchelt fighting Oscar Valdez.

While Arum and Top Rank are looking for a new date, the location for the fight will remain the same.

“It’s definitely Allegiant Stadium,” Arum said. “The Raiders are on board, the city is on board, the convention authority is on board. Everybody is on board.”

Fury and Wilder fought to a controversial draw in their first fight in 2018. In that fight, which took place at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Fury out boxed Wilder over the 12 round bout, but Wilder dropped Fury twice in the fight. 

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Tyson Fury celebrates after knocking down Deontay Wilder in their second fight in Feb. 2020.

Their second meeting took place on Feb. 22 at the MCM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and there was no controversy in the rematch. Fury sent Wilder to the canvas on several occasions and scored a seventh-round TKO win to claim Widler’s WBC heavyweight championship.

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