With the Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury rematch officially set for February 22, organisers can now turn their attentions toward the undercard.
Wilder’s representatives from Al Haymon’s PBC and Fury’s representatives from Bob Arum’s Top Rank rarely come together to work on a deal such as this and must now each fill out a portion of the show.
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It’s likely that each side will have one fight on the main pay-per-view undercard and a few more each on the preliminary show.
However, there is also talk of the parties potentially working together on one more fight for the main card.
This would be Kudratillo Abdukakhorov (Top Rank) vs Sergey Lipinets (PBC) – a fight for the IBF ‘interim’ welterweight title which would produce Errol Spence’s next mandatory challenger.
It’s known that the IBF are on the verge of ordering this bout following Spence’s car crash and Abdukakhorov told Olamsport it’s being planned for the Wilder vs Fury bill.
There is no news yet on who will fill PBC’s slot on the main pay-per-view card, but Top Rank’s could be a WBO super-bantamweight title defence by Emanuel Navarrete.
It was initially claimed that Jarrell Miller could take this spot, but according to Mike Coppinger his deal to sign with Top Rank is not yet completed and so Navarrete is the frontrunner.
Coppinger has also reported two fights Top Rank are working on for the preliminary undercard. These are Gabriel Flores Jr. vs. Matt Conway and Amir Imam vs. Javier Molina.
The rest of the show is still in the process of being produced behind the scenes.