Deontay Wilder’s heavyweight title clash with Tyson Fury is on the verge of being confirmed for Los Angeles.
According to several reports in the State of California, a deal has been agreed to stage the WBC championship bout at The Staples Center.
The 21, 000 capacity venue is a regular boxing haunt and was chosen over the Mandalay Bay in Nevada.
Las Vegas was the chosen location for several weeks, as confirmed by Fury himself, although plans have since changed.
‘The Bronze Bomber’ made his way over to Belfast as Fury defeated Francesco Pianeta to seal the deal.
Confirmation is expected over the coming days, with a press tour set to begin in London on Monday.
Wilder had agreed terms with Fury over the summer following the collapse of an encounter with Anthony Joshua.
Contract disagreements, namely a rematch clause, saw the fight fall apart on the verge of an agreement and Joshua then fought Alexander Povetkin.
Joshua wants to face the winner at some point, but which is only possible should Wilder have his hand raised.
A win for Fury would mean an immediate return with Wilder, potentially in the UK next summer.
It’s a remarkable return for Fury after spending three years in the wilderness.
The 30 year-old suffered depression due to abusing drugs and alcohol following being stripped of his titles in 2016.
As a result, Fury has lost an amazing amount of weight and looked sharp in defeating Pianeta with ease last month.
For Wilder, the Fury fight is the culmination of his desire to fight the best.
WILDER’S LAST SIX:
March 2018 – Luis Ortiz W / TKO10
November 2017 – Bermane Stiverne W / KO1
February 2017 – Gerald Washington W / TKO5
July 2016 – Chris Arreola W / RET8
January 2016 – Artur Szpilka W / KO9
September 2015 – Johann Duhaupas W / TKO11
FURY’S LAST SIX:
August 2018 – Francesco Pianeta W / PTS10
June 2018 – Sefer Seferi W / RET4
November 2015 – Wladimir Klitschko W / UD12
February 2015 – Christian Hammer W / RET8
November 2014 – Dereck Chisora W / RET10
February 2014 – Joey Abell W / TKO4