Top Rank CEO Bob Arum has revealed the eagerly anticipated trilogy fight between WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder is likely to take place on December 19 with “a limited number of fans” in attendance.
Arum is currently working in collaboration with Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions and the Nevada State Athletic Commission to figure out protocols that would allow a number of fans to attend the fight at the Allegiant Stadium, the new home of the Las Vegas Raiders.
Speaking to Boxing Scene Arum claimed Fury-Wilder III is impossible without fans in attendance but he is confident of striking a deal with the commission that would allow the fight to take place in 2020, he said.
“We’re working closely with PBC and we’re looking at December 19th. We’re working with the state authorities in Nevada, as far as doing it with a limited audience, and we’re making a lot of progress. We can’t do it without fans. Everybody’s cooperating. It’s my hope and PBC’s hope that we’ll be able to do it at the new stadium, with a limited number of fans, and we’re coming up with methods to get spectators in there.”
“It’s a process,” Arum continued. “But listen, we developed the process from the get-go with the state and with the commission with ‘The Bubble.’ We hope to be the ones to develop a safe and sound method to do fights with limited spectators. But it’s not easy, and it’s very hard to explain until we get it done because we’re not doctors and we’re not health officials. We have to clear it with them, we have to get their approval, and that’s what we’re working on. But this is not the normal role of a promoter, who signs a fight and tries to sell it, whether it’s pay-per-view, and sell tickets to fans. I mean, this is really complicated.”
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