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Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury will land in November with official date announcement imminent

Tyson Fury (right) and Deontay Wilder.

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury are going to vie for the lineal heavyweight championship later this year, and soon, we’ll know exactly when.

Despite an ESPN report that cited a source in Fury’s camp suggesting the fight was in jeopardy, sources told The Ring that the fight is full steam ahead, and that it will take place either November 10 or November 17. The official date announcement is expected by early next week at the latest.

The heavyweight title tilt is expected to take place in Las Vegas, but Brooklyn’s Barclays Center is making a strong push to grab the rights to the fight, per a source.

Showtime, which will distribute the bout on pay-per-view, announced the bout was agreed to shortly after Fury outpointed Francesco Pianeta on August 18 in Belfast. Wilder (40-0, 39 knockouts) was ringside, and following the bout’s conclusion, they traded words in the center of the ring.

The scene was reminiscent of what unfolded after Wilder’s spectacular knockout of Artur Szpilka in January 2016. Fury stormed the ring then, and it seemed a mere formality that the two behemoths would soon meet in the ring for a real fight.

Instead, Fury (27-0, 19 KOs) battled depression and substance abuse and endured a two-and-a-half-year layoff. Now, the 30-year-old Brit is back in fighting shape, and following two tune-up bouts, he feels ready to take on the biggest challenge of his career.

Wilder, who is coming off the biggest victory of his career (a 10th-round come-from-behind stoppage of Luis Ortiz in March), is finally getting his big fight, too. The WBC heavyweight titleholder is rated No. 2 by The Ring, and is considered the sport’s biggest puncher.

It’s not just a battle of two of the best trash talkers in boxing, but also an intriguing matchup of boxer vs. puncher.

Mike Coppinger is the Senior Writer for Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger