LAS VEGAS, Nevada — The Democrat debate on Wednesday night will take place in the shadow of what many around the world consider a more consequential showdown: the rematch Saturday night between WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder and lineal champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury.
Oh, and President Donald Trump is also in town most of this week.
It is not clear yet whether the president will attend the fight, which will take place Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena — just hours after the Nevada caucuses, the next step in choosing which Democrat will face off against Trump in the general election later this year.
Fury invited Trump to attend the last fight between the two, and Wilder visited Trump in the Oval Office in 2018 when he pardoned the late heavyweight champion Jack Johnson, who had been convicted of violating racist miscegenation laws.
Though he had been harshly critical of Trump before, Wilder was clearly impressed by the president’s commitment to righting the historical wrong: “A wrong was corrected for something that should never have happened, and of all of the presidents, Donald Trump was the one to do it,” Wilder said at the time.