The Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury rematch is all-but-confirmed for February 22 in Las Vegas, and the official fight announcement could come any day now.
Many speculated that the bout would be set in stone following Wilder’s KO win over Luis Ortiz on November 23, however the organisers appear to be holding off for an unknown reason.
It has been said that the teams are still talking to confirm the venue for the fight, hence the delay, but others have speculated there may be another explanation in truth, as it is known that the MGM Grand Arena is supposed to host the contest.
After Wilder beat Ortiz, his co-manager Shelly Finkel told multiple media outlets that the Fury rematch would be confirmed ‘in the next couple of weeks.’
This would allow for an official announcement to land right on the eve of the Andy Ruiz Jr vs Anthony Joshua rematch, which is now almost upon us.
Back in June, Wilder crashed Joshua vs Ruiz Jr fight week twice.
First, he grabbed headlines by declaring on the Wednesday before the bout that he’d signed a contract to rematch Luis Ortiz next.
Then, on weigh-in day, the WBC heavyweight champion made a second announcement, stating that after he faced Ortiz he would then take on Fury again.
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Many concluded that these announcements were deliberately planned to disrupt AJ’s big US debut, though very few expected Ruiz Jr would end up causing far bigger disruption than Wilder or anybody else.
Now, with Joshua set to rematch Ruiz Jr, it appears to make perfect sense that Wilder, Fury and their respective teams could drop official confirmation of their rematch to achieve the same effect.