England’s Tyson Fury faces the American, Deontay Wilder, in a blockbuster heavyweight bout this Sunday, December 2nd.
Fury will enter as the challenger for the WBC belt against the champ, Wilder, aged 33, who has 40 wins from 40 bouts, 39 via knockout.
Here’s the lowdown on the fight, followed by forecasts from some of the best heavyweights past and present.
Event: WBC Heavyweight World Championship
Date: December 2, 2018 / at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
This will be the 2,029th championship fight sanctioned by the WBC in its 55-year history.
DEONTAY “The Bronze Bomber” WILDER (United States)
WBC Heavyweight World Champion / 8th title defence
Age: 33 / Date of birth: October 22, 1985
Residence, birthplace: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Record: 40-0, 39 KO’s / Total rounds: 123 / World championship fights: 8-0, 7 KO’s
Height: 6’7″ – 201 cm / Reach: 83″ – 211 cm / Stance: Right-handed
Advisor: Al Haymon / Managers: Jay Deas, Shelly Finkel / Trainers: Mark Breland, Jay Deas
TYSON “The Gypsy King” FURY (United Kingdom)
Ranked WBC No.3 at heavyweight
Age: 30 / Date of birth: August 12, 1988
Residence, birthplace: Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Record: 27-0, 19 KO’s / Total rounds: 160 / World championship fights: 1-0, 0 KO’s
Height: 6’9″ – 206 cm / Reach: 85″ – 216 cm / Stance: Right-handed
Promoter: Frank Warren-Queensberry Promotions / Trainer: Ben Davison
The Heavyweights Predictions on Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury
Ahead of the showdown, heavyweights, past and present, have spoken, and the majority believe Deontay Wilder’s pure punching power will be enough to defeat the highly-skilled Tyson Fury on Sunday.
Here is what the current and former heavyweight greats had to say about the Wilder vs. Fury matchup:
“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.”
“It’s a great fight. Fury’s got a lot of skills, he’s awkward and he has long arms. He has good reflexes and is a strong counter-puncher. Deontay needs to be first and he can’t wait on Tyson. Tyson’s always been the bigger fighter. In fighting Deontay it’s the same case. If things get difficult, he’s (Fury) got more experience and a lot of tricks. I think with Deontay’s power, he might be able to end it early, but if Tyson can frustrate him and it goes the distance, then it could go his way.”
“If it goes the distance then it belongs to Tyson Fury. If it’s a short fight it will belong to Deontay Wilder. This is an epic and most-unpredictable showdown. I can’t wait for this fight.”
“I am a big fan of Deontay Wilder and I was impressed with Tyson Fury and how he avoided the big shots against Wladimir Klitschko. I can see him going 12 rounds with Wilder because of his height and reach.
“The great thing about this fight is that we’re all talking about it. I think Wilder wins a close decision.”
“If Wilder comes out and means business then he should beat Fury with ease. My prediction is Wilder by knockout!”
“Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury is a very interesting fight. I love Tyson Fury. I think he’s a remarkable self-promoter, and he did a great job with Wladimir Klitschko, using his feints and throwing Klitschko off his game plan. Deontay is a different kind of fighter, though. Fury fights at 30 miles per hour. Deontay fights at 100 miles per hour. So, when Deontay catches Fury and gets ahold of him I think it’s going to be over.
I admire Fury, but I think he’s barking up the wrong tree with this fight. I think the bottom line is that Deontay is a whole different type of beast. He comes in aggressive and finishes his opponents. I hate to pick, but somebody has to lose. I’m picking Deontay by knockout and I think it ends inside of four or five rounds.”
“If Fury decides he wants to dip and dive and move, then he can extend the fight. But it’s all up to Wilder. If Fury decides he wants to come to the middle of the ring and fight, then it’s going to be over quick. Wilder is going to catch him. Prediction: Wilder by KO.”
“I think Wilder fighting Ortiz and now Fury back-to-back gives the fans exciting fights. I like both Wilder and Fury, but for this fight, I am leaning slightly toward Wilder to win.”
Who do you think will come out victorious? The Bomber or The Gypsy King.