Wilder vs Fury Live: Deontay Wilder will aim to rekindle America’s love affair with heavyweight boxing on Saturday Dec 1, when he faces Britain’s Tyson Fury in a high-stakes showdown of undefeated fighters.
As the reigning World Boxing Council champion, Wilder is the latest custodian of a belt which has been worn by some of the heavyweight division’s most iconic names stretching back over more than 50 years.
A year ago Tyson Fury’s weight had ballooned to nearly 29 stone after his licence to box had been withdrawn and he had vacated his three world heavyweight titles. Twelve months later and he is poised to complete a remarkable return to the top and potentially set up a mouthwatering clash with the sport’s superstar, Anthony Joshua.
Wilder has waited a decade for the chance to pick on somebody his own size. Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) is the most accomplished American heavyweight boxer of his era, a superb athlete with vicious punching power and a reckless streak. The Olympic medallist has stopped every man who ever stepped in the professional ring with him, following up his lone decision victory with a knockout in the first round of the rematch.
The Wilder vs Fury WBC heavyweight belt will be decided on Saturday Dec 1, here’s everything you need to know watch the fight live
Date: Saturday, Dec. 1 | Time: 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT)
Location: Staples Center — Los Angeles, California
TV: Showtime PPV ($74.99)
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. He 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.
It’s fair to say Tyson Fury has adapted remarkably for this fight, shedding ten stone physically, ditching immeasurably more baggage mentally and bringing himself back from the brink of a heavyweight bout of depression that pushed him close to taking his own life. The lineal heavyweight champion of the world – or “man who beat the man” – is already a winner regardless of what happens in the Staples Center on Saturday night.
His opponent, Alabamian knockout merchant Deontay Wilder, has been quick to point out his life has barely been a charmed existence to date, too. There’s a feeling that, in a sport known for contrived showmanship, the passions run high for genuine reasons in both corners as the fighters prepare for a career-shaping contest that goes a long way to satisfy fans with a deeper appreciation of the sweet science beyond the recent Anthony Joshua shows at Wembley.
But first, one must emerge victorious on Saturday night. Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) is coming off of a thunderous knockout win over Luis Ortiz in March where he was truly challenged for the first time in his career. After scoring an early knockdown, the champion seemed to be dazed after a series of blows from Ortiz. But Wilder rallied to drop Ortiz in the 10th round and score the knockout win.
Whether it is Fury or Wilder who is victorious, the result will also pave the way for how the heavyweight division will look going forward – with Anthony Joshua no doubt keeping his eye on the result.