First Las Vegas event confirmed on calendar for potential Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury date
The Nevada State Athletic Commission have added an event to the potential date for a heavyweight title clash between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.
November 17 has been identified by WBN as the ideal date to stage the WBC championship bout to be televised on UK and US PPV as the T-Mobile Arena and MGM Grand are both bereft of clashes on that day.
An amateur MMA show has now been confirmed, although would not affect the chances of Wilder v Fury heading to the boxing capital of the world.
According to the NSAC, Saturday 17th of November will see the Silver Legacy Resort Casino in Reno hold a King of the Cage promotion.
Wilder v Fury is set to go down in November or December, as previously stated by promoter Frank Warren, with Las Vegas a massive favorite to beat New York to the rights to host.
Showtime Pay-Per-View have already announced their intention to televise the bout, meaning staging the clash in Nevada would be a must to maximize revenue.
A crowd of 20,000 is the end goal for both sides at the T-Mobile Arena, whilst the MGM Grand would provide a decent back-up with a 15,000 capacity.
All this is currently being discussed by Warren, Wilder’s advisor Shelly Finkel and the rest of the powers that be, with dates of November 10, December 1 and December 15 all lagging behind November 17 in the sweepstakes.
An official confirmation could be forthcoming as early as this weekend, with an initial press tour scheduled to take place on both sides of the Atlantic next month.
Wilder has been on the hunt for a big name opponent since defeating Luis Ortiz in a Fight of the Year contender last March, whilst Fury is back to full fitness following an extended absence from the ring.
Fury defeated Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta on home soil over the summer, setting up his chance at the coveted green and gold belt in a redemption bid before Christmas.
Previously holding the IBO, WBO, IBF and WBA belts, the World Boxing Council version remains the only strap to elude Fury since he turned professional.
More will be revealed soon.