The fight will now take place on Oct. 9 inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas while being broadcast on ESPN/FOX PPV.
The bout was originally scheduled for July 24 in Las Vegas, but postponed last week after Fury tested positive for COVID-19 while in training. He tested negative the next day and shortly after that was cleared by doctors to travel home. Fury received the first vaccine shot and experienced mild symptoms.
“I wanted nothing more than to smash the ‘Big Dosser’ on July 24, but I guess the beating will have to wait,” Fury said. “Make no mistake, I will be back and better than ever. We will fight Oct. 9, and I will knock him spark out!”
Top Rank and PBC, which will co-promote Fury-Wilder, along with ESPN and Fox, are trying to maximize PPV revenue for the third meeting. The second fight, which Fury won by seventh-round TKO in February 2020, generated nearly $17 million at the gate, a Nevada record for a heavyweight title fight.
Top Rank and PBC attempted to stage the third bout last December after a previously planned October date was deemed unfeasible due to COVID-19 restrictions, but the unexpected resumption of the college football season left few available PPV dates in the final month of 2020.
“This is what we went to arbitration for,” stated co-manager Shelly Finkel in the press release. “He [Wilder] just wanted what was owed to him. He remains ready to reclaim his world title on Oct. 9.”