Wilder v Fury: The Final Countdown

We catch up with The Cove in Devon as part of our guide to making sure you’re ready for the heavyweight showdown of the year

The big build-up is nearly over and Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury will soon be slugging it out in the ring for the title of WBC world heavyweight champion.

Both fighters are undefeated and will be putting everything on the line in LA on Dec 1, live on BT Sport Box Office.

As well as it being a chance for them to grab glory, it’s also an opportunity for venues to make a name for themselves as the go-to place to watch major sporting events.

But with it being outside of normal trading hours, there are a few things to consider.

Here’s our guide to help you prepare for the fight and other similar big nights.

When is it?

The fight takes place at LA’s Staples Center on Saturday night (Dec 1) US time.

How can I show it?

This is a BT Sport Box Office event. For details on how you can purchase the event, visit here.




Late nights, adrenalin-fuelled events and alcohol clearly need to be managed carefully. Big venues, such as The Royal Pier in Aberystwyth, manage this by increasing security on the night. Smaller venues such as The Cove ensure their senior team are on duty to help things go smoothly.


As it is against the law to knowingly sell alcohol to anyone who is drunk, nothing really changes in this regard. The timings just mean that there is more chance of people coming to the venue after a heavy night out. However, Toby says he is expecting to see more dedicated sports fans.

“People will be planning to come here for the night so I think there will be lots of timing and strategic drinking. I’m a boxing fan and there is a dedicated boxing following here. This isn’t about selling a load of beer. Putting on events like these is more about establishing us as the place to go for big events.”

That said, you should be guaranteed a decent pint at The Cove as last year it won a SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers) award for being one of the best craft beer bars in the country.


The BBPA also suggest that pubs should consider how people are going to get to and from the pub for the fight. Are buses running or will customers need taxis to get home?


With those on the late shift likely to be in until 6am, rotas need to be carefully considered. Unless agreed in writing, staff do not have to work more than 48-hours per week (averaged out over a 17-week period). A member of staff also has the right to 11 hours of consecutive rest in a 24-hour period.


Everybody needs good ones, right? So, to keep them on board, let them know what you are doing and make sure noise and disruption is kept to a minimum.

Exit strategy

Toby is not expecting people to stick around for long after the conclusion of the fight.

“We are licensed until 6am and we expect people will leave as soon as the fight is over or the decision is announced. They are coming here to watch the fight and with the timings they are not going to be hanging around to discuss it for long.”


Get it right and not only will you have a night to remember but you will be remembered as a brilliant sporting venue.

Toby says: “I grew up in the Lennox Lewis and Holyfield era and it was always exciting to stay up and watch late fights in America. This is a huge fight and it is the same kind of thing.

“As soon as it was announced that BT were showing it on Box Office we signed up.

“We are in a small village with a population of 250 people. There are not many venues here or in the surrounding area showing it so it gives us a chance to establish The Cove as the place to go.”

  • Wilder v Fury is on BT Sport Box Office on Saturday night. For more information on how you can show the fight visit here.

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