The wait is nearly over as the biggest and most anticipated heavyweight fight of the year heads to America this weekend, with Britain’s Tyson Fury stepping up to contest the reigning WBC titleholder, Deontay Wilder.
It looked for all the world that fans would finally get to witness Anthony Joshua squaring off with the green-belt champion Wilder, but boxing politics and the usual modern day annoyances ultimately further delayed the one everyone wanted to see.
That left a window of opportunity open and Fury capitalised, showing no fear or hesitation in taking the super-fight with Wilder, which is now scheduled for December 1st.
Boxer Deontay Wilder on January 8, 2015 by Layton Dudley (CC BY-SA 2.0)
It’s at the Staples Center in Los Angeles that these two heavyweight giants will collide in a battle of pure, raw power against technical ability and defensive prowess. Wilder is the heavy favourite to successfully defend his crown once again, although Fury may cause him plenty of trouble if he is able to perform as well as he was doing before his long layoff from the sport.
The American heavyweight champion will enter the ring at a highly promising best-priced 11/8, according to Oddschecker, to secure a stunning knockout victory over his British rival on December 1st.
Wilder is undoubtedly the biggest and most devastating puncher in boxing today and a win here will increase the pressure on long-mooted rival ‘AJ’ and his promoter, Eddie Hearn, to agree to that mega-bout at some stage throughout 2019.
While Wilder versus Fury could well prove to be a tactical affair on American territory, the American against Watford-born unified heavyweight champion Joshua would likely be a quick-fire shoot-out.
Fury could yet prove to derail any chance of seeing Joshua take on Wilder in 2019, with the British challenger looking in top shape once again, but Wilder is hellbent on knocking out his latest challenger and edging towards another high-profile clash with Joshua – one which the Briton will no longer be able to avoid if the American prevails this weekend.