Tyson Fury’s third coming to America will take place in Las Vegas on September 14.
The Gypsy King will face unbeaten but barely-known Swedish heavyweight Otto Wallin at the T-Mobile Arena in what is expected to be a repeat of his quick-fire KO of the equally unheralded German Tom Schwarz in Vegas earlier this summer.
The two Barnum and Bailey acts in Vegas have been designed to prime American audiences for a blockbuster rematch with Wilder in the new year, probably back in Sin City.
Fury’s $80 million paymasters, the US cable network giant ESPN, are believed to have agreed to. Schwarz and Wallin as low profile opponents on condition that they were both ranked in the top 10 by at least one of the alpha belt bodies – and with the stipulation that Fury fights Wilder next.
He made a bigger impact outside the ring at the time of the Schwarz fight with his huge personality and the back story of his mental health crusade.
Promoters Bob Arum and Frank Warren would be pleasantly surprised if Fury v Wallin could sell out the big arena, even though fight fans are usually among the crowds who flock to Vegas on Mexico Independence holiday weekend.
But the selling of Fury in America will continue with major network chat show appearances in the coming weeks.