Promoting juggernaut Bob Arum has confirmed Sydney is the ‘clear favourite’ to host the trilogy between undefeated champ Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder.
On the weekend, reports emerged boxing promoters were looking at Bankwest stadium in Sydney as a possible venue to host the scheduled rematch due to the coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc in the US.
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Despite some interest from Auckland to host the bout, Arum said Aussie promoter Dean Lonergan’s proposal to bring it to Sydney looks the most attractive.
“Sydney is the best option. Right now Sydney would be a favourite to host this fight,” Arum told Fox Sports.
“Sydney works. It’s an English-speaking country, with great people, great sports fans, great facilities and a history of doing great events. I have extraordinarily good feelings about doing another big event in Australia.
“We did the Pacquiao-Horn fight with Lonergan in Australia and it was a very successful event that was watched live in the US by five million people on ESPN.”
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Promoter Lonergan has tentatively booked Bankwest Stadium in the city's west for the bout, The Australian reported Monday
However, semi-autonomous Chinese city Macau is also in the running.
"I put a proposal to (Top Rank promoter) Bob Arum about six weeks ago by way of email to bring down here the world heavyweight title fight between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury," Lonergan told the newspaper.
"The day I suggested was December 26 here so we would (broadcast) to the USA on Christmas night."
But Auckland has also emerged as a potential venue, considering internal restrictions in New Zealand were lifted after the last coronavirus patient had recovered.
However, since New Zealand still has strict border restrictions to maintain the Covid-19 free state it remains a hurdle for the bout to be hosted in Auckland.
Fury defeated Wilder in their second fight via TKO earlier this year, after a draw in their first fight.