Deontay Wilder, WBC American Champion, and Tyson Fury, British Lineal Champion will face each other for a world heavyweight clash.
Make no mistake, this is not just a game, this is two unbeaten champions playing for their unbeaten record.
The fight was rumoured for several years to happen, however, with Tyson Fury inactivity it didn’t happen.
The rumours started after the two confrontations in championships. One in Sheffield during April 2013 where they promised each other that they will fight against each other. And the other in January 2016 when Wilder just bet his opponent and Fury came up in the pitch and Wilder told him to fight if he has guts.
Deontay Wilder was set to play Anthony Joshua later this year, however, with Joshua dodging the fight, Fury sent an Instagram to Wilder to send him the contract and fight it out and talks officially began.
The fight was officially announced on the 27th September with Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York as potential venues.
Later it was announced that the fight will take place on the 1st December 2018 in the 21,000 seater, Staples Center, Los Angeles.
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The Staples Center is known for being the venue for the friendly Grammy Awards. During the 1st December 2018, there will be no friendliness in the arena. There will be a hunger for victory, thousands of people cheering and punches are to be thrown.
The construction for the arena started on 1998 and opened in 1999 with legendary Bruce Springsteen inaugurating and E-Street Band on 17 October that year.
The arena is also home to the top NBA Franchises of the City. Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Kings and Women’s Los Angeles Sparks.
Wilder v. Fury won’t be the first fight in the esteemed arena, with Antonio Margarito and Shane Mosley fighting it out in 2009. For the record, Sugar Shane Mosley won the fight.
Whilst both Wilder and Fury are yet to fight in the Staples Center ring, Fury won a fight against Steve Cunningham in 2013 by K.O., the seventh one to be exact, in American soils.
Odds and Our Prediction
The odds are in Deontay Wilder favor, that might be due to a faster physique and stronger punch. The odds on Intertops are +135 for a Tyson Fury win, +2200 for an unlikely draw and finally, -165 for the favorite Deontay Wilder.
For our predictions, we are going for a Deontay Wilder victory in the 3rd round by KO. Tyson Fury is a great boxer and deserves respect, and in fact, we don’t believe that Wilder will knock-out the big fella in the first or second round. The issue is that Tyson will definitely tire out after the second round and Wilder will be just too strong for Fury.
Time and where to watch.
Doors in the arena will open at 3 pm, but boxing shenanigans need no introduction to how long they take. Tickets can be bought from the Staples Center website.
The game can be seen on television on Showtime at around 6 pm eastern time or 9 pm Pacific time.
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The Bronze Bomber – Deontay Wilder
Deontay Leshun Wilder, also known as, the Bronze Bomber due to his heroic exploits during the 2008 Olympics where he won the Bronze medal for the United States as an amateur boxer.
Wilder was born on October 22 of 1985 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States. His last fight was this year against King Kong Luis Ortiz during March. Wilder is currently on a run of 40 unbeaten matches, which 39 of them won with a KO.
Deontay Wilder currently holds the WBC Heavy Weight champion since 2015 which was 9 years after an American last held it.
He is renowned for his punching power, which can be seen in the fact that 39 of the 40 wins he has are all by KO.
Gypsy King – Tyson Fury
Tyson Luke Fury, also known as, the Gypsy King due to gypsy being his father nickname during the latter’s time at boxing. He is also nicknamed The furious one and 2 fast.
Born on 12 August 1988, in Wythenshawe, Manchester, England, Fury has Irish heritage descendent from his father, which due to his love for boxing named his son Tyson for Boxing Legend Mike Tyson.
Like, Wilder, he is unbeaten, however, Fury’s record stands on 27 matches and is yet to win the WBC Heavyweight Title.
As an Amateur Fury represented both England and Ireland in championships, however, never contested an Olympics.
He is renowned his fast footwork, that’s why he proclaimed himself as 2 fast. From 27 matches he won 19 were by KO.
To keep you looking forward to this fight coming up we give you the best quote from each during the press conference in New York City in October.
“I’m a big, fat, bearded man who can fight like hell. You don’t need to see this fat. We all know I’m the master of disaster. We all know I have a fat stomach. But it’s going to look even worse for you when you get beaten by a fat man.”
“I’m the one who brought him back. I’m the one who encouraged him when he was in that dark place. I told him, ‘You can do it.’ I dared him to come back. I dared him for this very moment. I want him to have confidence. I want him to have energy. As you can see, that’s nerves. That’s all nerves. Because he knows what’s going to happen. He knows his face is going to get smashed in. And he knows his body will be on the pavement.”