Australian promoter Dean Lonergan has revealed plans are afoot for Bob Arum to stage the Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder 3 in Australia – if venues in the US and Britain are not available.
After the controversial draw between the pair at the Staples Center in Las Vegas in 2018, Fury produced arguably his greatest performance to defeat the American at the MGM Grand in February this year.
The ‘Gypsy King’ was in devastating form, forcing Wilder’s corner to throw in the towel during the seventh round, becoming WBC heavyweight champion in the process.
All the talk since then has been about a massive unification fight between Fury and British rival Anthony Joshua, who won back his IBF, WBA and WBO belts last December when beating Andy Ruiz Jr in a rematch.
However, both fighters will have to fulfill their mandatory obligations first, with ‘AJ’ putting his belts on the line again against Kubrat Pulev (Joshua 1/10, Draw 33/1, Pulev 6/1), while Fury will face off against Wilder for the third time.
With boxing currently suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic, it is unclear when those two bouts will be held, with reports suggesting dates towards the end of 2020.
It is also uncertain which venues will be available, with the US and the UK two of the worst-affected countries from Covid-19, but there could now be the option for Fury vs Wilder 3 to be held Down Under.
Lonergan has revealed that promoter Arum has discussed the possibility of going to the other side of the world for the bout and this wouldn’t be the first time the duo have worked together, with the pair staging Manny Pacquiao vs Jeff Horn in Brisbane three years ago.
Speaking to Sky Sports about details of his proposal, Lonergan said: “The suggestion was to go to a place called Bankwest Stadium, which can hold about 45,000 people. It’s the middle of summer down here.
“You could have pictures beaming out across the world to probably 170-plus countries, which is what that fight would get to. Drone shots of the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, the amazing Sydney Harbour.
“It could go into Melbourne and Marvel Stadium. They had 50,000 people there for the UFC not so long ago, or we could do it at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.”
In terms of a date for the fight, Arum, who promotes Fury alongside the UK’s Frank Warren, told Sky Sports: “I can’t tell you where, but I’m pretty sure we’ll get this event on in November or December. We’re not sleeping. We’re working hard to get it done.”