The Nevada State Athletic Commission has banned Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury from engaging in a faceoff after they weigh-in for their heavyweight championship rematch Friday afternoon, Top Rank president Todd duBoef told ESPN’s Dan Rafael on Thursday.
“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.”
A faceoff is customary after weigh-ins and is often the final moment the opponents are together until they step into the ring together.
Saturday’s fight is a rematch of their controversial draw in 2018. The anticipated fight is the main event of an ESPN+ PPV card Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The four-fight card will begin on pay-per-view at 9 p.m. ET.
During their final news conference Wednesday, Wilder and Fury each pushed the other, causing security to rush on the stage. They then spent the next several minutes insulting each other.
Moderator Joe Tessitore of ESPN tried to keep things under control when the fighters finally sat down for the formal part of the program, but Wilder and Fury kept ripping each other, a dramatic change in demeanor from the previous two prefight news conferences during which they shared the stage in recent months.
Since their first meeting, Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KOs) and Fury (29-0-1, 20 KOs) have won two fights each.