It may not be the 2018 unification fight we were hoping to see, but it is a first step in sorting out the Wilder-Joshua-Fury-Povetkin muddle at the top of the heavyweights.
Late Friday night Wilder confirmed that he and Fury would meet in December for the WBC crown. The Tuscaloosa News Tommy Deas broke the story late:
Through a video he posted on social media late Friday night, the World Boxing Council heavyweight champion confirmed he has signed to fight lineal champion Tyson Fury. Premier Boxing Champions announced that the fight will be Dec. 1 and available live on pay-per-view.
The bout’s location and venue won’t be released until next week, but the fight will be in the U.S. Multiple reports say it’s going either going to be in Las Vegas or the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
More at the link above. And, if you’re interested, here is Pride of Northport’s Twitter post announcing it.
Win or lose, this semifinal, as it were, should set up a 2019 unification match between its winner and the UK’s Anthony Joshua...or Russia’s Alexander Povetkin. Another semifinal of sorts, Joshua-Povetkin, takes place tonight, as those two fight in Joshua’s back yard at Wembley.