Las Vegas is embracing for the biggest heavyweight fight in nearly two decades. WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is set to defend his title against Tyson Fury. The fight will take place this weekend at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The fight is the rematch as the pair squared off eighteen months ago in Los Angeles.
The first fight ended in a controversial draw. While Fury outboxed Wilder for the entirety of the fight, Wilder scored two knockdowns in the fight, which may have swayed off the judges’ decision slightly.
None the less, the promotion for the rematch has been terrific. Fox Sports and ESPN are doing a joint PPV for this fight. Fox Sports also ran two 30-seconds ads for the fight during the Super Bowl 54. Both fighters have been extremely respectful during the promotion for the rematch. But that changed during the press conference held on Thursday.
The trash-talks heightened during the press conference and both fighters got physical.
NSAC bans faceoff for Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder
Now ahead of the showdown, Nevada State Athletic Commission has suspended the faceoffs between Fury and Wilder during the weigh-ins.
“The reason the decision was made, on behalf of the commission, is because the press conference [Wednesday] spoke for itself,” NSAC executive director Bob Bennett said.
“The actions of the two fighters pushing each other, which was not staged, is not indicative of the image of our sport as a major league sport, thus having a faceoff is not in the best interest in the health and safety of the fighters, the public and the event,” Bennett said.
“And, quite frankly, that image, where you have two professional athletes pushing each other where somebody could get hurt, is not keeping with the image of a major league sport and we’re a major league sport.” (H/T -ESPN)
This decision by NSAC surprised everyone including Top Rank president Tod DuBoef.
“In my 25 years in boxing, I’ve never heard of an administrative body stepping in and prohibiting a faceoff,” duBoef said. “It’s the pinnacle moment before the fight. I am just shocked. That’s the money shot and not having that is frustrating.”
What do you guys think about this ban by NSAC? Do you guys think this will affect the promotion of the fight?