Set to take place on Saturday, December 1, 2018, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, undefeated Deontay Wilder will defend his WBC heavyweight championship against former WBA, WBO, IBF, AND IBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.
These two heavy hitters have very different fighting styles and boxing records that bring much excitement to this well-awaited match. Former 2x World Champion and current Showtime boxing commentator Paulie Malignaggi says,
“It’s a trash talking contest as well as a contest of who is going to be the better fighter.”
Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury's staredown got INTENSE 🍿 pic.twitter.com/wPZph0FPLH
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The two faced off in a heated and chaotic final press conference, where the intensity between both men began building.
33-year-old American Deontay Wilder has held his WBC Heavyweight championship since 2015 and holds an astonishingly polished record of 40-0, 39 KO, and defending his title seven times.
With a heavy right hand and otherwise formidable punching power, Wilder continues to finish fights with a spectacular display.
An orthodox fighter, Wilder will be going up against Fury’s switch between orthodox and southpaw and lends curiosity to all boxing speculations and predictions.
From the other side of the pond hails British heavyweight boxer, 30-year-old Tyson Fury. He brings an unorthodox fighting style, from orthodox to southpaw, but is also one of the most lively, exciting, and characterful heavyweight fighters to date.
With a strong record of 27-0, 19 KO paired, and his dethroning Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, Fury stands as a formidable challenger and worthy opponent of Deontay Wilder.
Most predictions are leaning towards Wilder via KO, while others say Fury will stick in there for a decision victory. Boxing icon Mike Tyson is leaning towards the man who was named after him saying,
“Although Wilder’s punch is strong, nothing can compare to the mental strength Fury has shown both in and out of the ring. It’ll be a close call, but I think Fury’s got a true fighting chance.”
On the other hand, former heavyweight legend George Foreman is going for Wilder saying,
“I think Wilder wins a close decision.”
Upon all of the odds and speculation, one thing is for sure — until fight time Tyson Fury will continue to antagonize and attempt to get into the head of Wilder. Tyson Fury says,
“No one forced me to fight Deontay Wilder, I picked Deontay Wilder because I believe he’s an easy touch.”
Wilder isn’t backing down either and will continue to smother Fury’s growing confidence with trash talk of his own. He said,
“Every time I said I’d knock someone out I did it, how I said I was going to do it, I did it. I can’t wait to see your body shaking.”
This is a battle of the words as much as it is of boxing. But come round 1 tomorrow, all of the trash talking will be put to rest and we’ll have a unified heavyweight champ.
This battle of giants will be one you don’t want to miss. Tune in December 1, 2018, 9pm ET/6pm PT live on Pay-Per-View via Showtime.