Wilder and Fury fight for the heavyweight title
The WBC American champion Deontay Wilder will fight British lineal champion Tyson Fury in a heavyweight clash on 2nd December expected to be at 6:00 am CET. It’s the green belt, arguably the most iconic of all world titles. In an era where championships have become unfortunately devalued, that should still carry some weight. Both fighters go into the fight unbeaten in their combined 67 professional bouts.
The fight will take place at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Convention Centre. Wilder has yet to feature at the Staples Center during his 40-fight career, while Fury’s only previous appearance across the pond came at Madison Square Garden, New York City, where he defeated American Steve Cunningham in 2013, lifting himself off the canvas in arguably his most exciting fight yet to record a seventh round KO.
These 👀 see all….
— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) November 20, 2018
Fury has been pictured training in the mountains of Big Bear California with Olympic silver medallist Joe Joyce. There have been many suggestions from sceptics that Tyson Fury’s return is solely money-motivated as he himself has even admitted he threw away a £10million+ payday when the Wladimir Klitschko rematch fell through in 2016. However, he has announced that he is giving away his seven-figure fee to people who need it more.
“You can’t take it with you so I might as well do something with it and help out people who can’t help themselves,” Fury said.
— Deontay Wilder (@BronzeBomber) November 10, 2018
Deontay Wilder’s amateur career began in 2005, but he quickly settled in and won bronze at the Beijing 2008 Olympics while representing the US. Deontay Wilder turned professional later that year as a 23-year-old and after a spectacular rise through the professional ranks, became WBC world champion in 2015.
Wilder has held the WBC heavyweight title since 2015, and in doing so became the first American world heavyweight champion in nine years.
40 fights, 40 wins (39 by KO).
One criticism levelled at Wilder throughout his career is the relatively mediocre opposition he’s faced to get the top – Bermane Stiverne and Luiz Ortiz representing his sternest tests yet. British fans will also remember the Bronze Bomber’s spectacular one-minute knockout of Olympic gold medallist Audley Harrison in 2013, which ended the heavyweight’s career.
27 fights, 27 wins (19 by KO).
Fury boasts arguably the more impressive CV, with scalps of Kevin Johnson, Dereck Chisora and of course Wladimir Klitschko to his name. His rise to the top of boxing’s ranks has taken him to Ireland, Canada, the US and Germany.
Fury has a two-inch advantage in height and reach over Wilder and is expected to weigh in around two-stone heavier for this contest. The Irishman is unlikely to surprise tactically and will attempt to use his physical attributes and long jab to keep Wilder at distance not only in the early stages but throughout the contest.
Wilder is likely to walk away with the title. He has transcendent power, incredible length, and athleticism. Both men are undefeated, under the age of 30 and by most accounts, in the best physical and mental condition to perform at their peak.
Despite the odds being stacked against him, the brash Gypsy King is confident as ever and believes he has been Wilder’s puppet master for the past few months, but we don’t think that’s the case.
Overall, Fury is the superior boxer, but Wilder is a spectacular puncher who only needs one clean shot to end the night. The later the fight goes, the better chance Fury has to win a decision or to score a late KO against a tiring champion.
It could end with an epic KO.