Viva Las Vegas: Potential dates emerge for Wilder v Fury clash
As Tyson Fury inadvertently stated on Saturday night, a massive clash with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is heading to Las Vegas this year.
Several of those close to the Wilder camp have already informed WBN that Nevada is the number one target and likely destination for the contest, which seems a much bigger affair than New York can offer at the moment.
Two venues are at the helm of discussions, the obvious T-Mobile Arena, ironically near the New York, New York Hotel off The Strip, and potentially the MGM Grand just over the road.
Packing in 20,000 for a huge clash at the same venue Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez trade blows two months earlier is the desire, although realistically the MGM could be just as good an option if both sides feel it might be a tall order to sell out the T-Mobile.
Given that the T-Mobile will also host Conor McGregor v Khabib the month prior, Wilder v Fury will hope to keep the run of huge events going, with two key dates emerging from the arena.
November 17, which WBN understands is first choice, and December 15 are both currently free on the calendar, although the latter would be a tough ask to promote a bout of this magnitude one week before Christmas.
If all goes according to plan, the T-Mobile on November 17th looks the most viable scenario for Wilder v Fury as Frank Warren and Shelly Finkel prepare to reveal all next week.
Heading over to the MGM, and November 10th and December 1st are both options if the 15,000 capacity world-famous venue gets an unexpected nod for the top division battle.
In New York, Barclays Center has pretty much a clean slate to work with in November and December but doesn’t seem to be a patch on holding the fight in Vegas.
As things stand, November 17 is the standout favorite to be confirmed for Wilder v Fury, which will be the first solid heavyweight collision staged in the boxing capital of the world for 15 years or more.
The days of Hasim Rahman v Oleg Maskaev II, Vitali Klitschko v Danny Williams and Roy Jones v John Ruiz, which ended the latest Vegas era, are now a distant memory and Wilder v Fury could herald the beginning of a resurgence of big punching bouts heading to the Nevada desert.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay