Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury will not face off at Friday’s weigh-in as organisers of their rematch move to prevent any possible on-stage clash. Fury, 31, and WBC world heavyweight champion Wilder pushed one another at a news conference before their 2018 bout. They did so again at a news conference on Wednesday, when organisers were left frustrated by the time it took for security to intervene. The Nevada State Athletic Commission has now chosen to scrap the face off.
At Wednesday’s news conference, Briton Fury and American Wilder, 34, pushed each other before interviews began. When they were asked to square up again after the media event, promoter Bob Arum shouted “no”. The pair are being tipped to achieve two million pay-per-view sales priced at $74.99 in the US. As a result, the commission sanctioning the bout has acted with caution as any injury or incident that could lead to a postponement would see organisers lose out on millions of dollars. “I think this is a big deal, a lot of people have invested in this fight, a lot of people will be here, a lot of flights and tickets sold,” Wilder said. “They don’t want anything to jeopardise this fight and I’m fine with the decision.” The fight has seen parallels drawn with iconic bouts of the past, including Lennox Lewis’ fight with Mike Tyson in Memphis in 2002. On that occasion the former heavyweight world champions weighed in three hours apart in a bid to avoid a clash.