Friday 30th November 2018
Hassan Akram-Farah: UCFB Multi-Media Sports Journalism student.
We are only a few days away from witnessing the fight that will change the heavyweight division landscape in the unforeseen future. Tyson Fury ‘The Gyspy King’ takes on WBC Heavyweight champion; ‘The Bronze Bomber’ Deontay Wilder. Is it written in the stars for Fury to come back after three years and defeat the American knockout artist? Or will Wilder dish out a warning towards Anthony Joshua and Eddie Hearn by knocking out the 6ft9” technician?
Why is this fight so significant?
This fight features two undefeated fighters: Wilder 40-0 (39 KO’s) and Tyson Fury 27-0 (19KO’s). Both of whom are the cream of the crop in the heavyweight division with the exception of WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO champion Anthony Joshua. The aftermath of this fight will inevitably set up a huge blockbuster fight with the British superstar which will most likely take place in Wembley stadium in 2019
Who is the favourite?
The answer to this question would be completely different if this fight was happening three years ago following Fury’s ingenious display against Vladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf. However, since then Tyson Fury has had several battles outside of the ring. Fury faced extreme depression, suicidal thoughts, drug taking and excessive drinking. “I woke up every day wishing I would not wake up anymore,” Fury told BBC Sport. “But I am living proof anyone can come back from the brink. “There is a lot of people out there suffering with mental health problems who think all their days will be grey, but life can improve again, and you will start to enjoy the little things again.”
Fury subsequently decided to return to boxing after Wilder called him out on social media suggesting he would never be able to make a comeback. This inspired Fury who lost 9st (57kg) in a year and returned to the ring to fight the Albanian Sefer Seferi on the 9th June 2018. Fury stopped Seferi in two rounds and initially wanted a few more ‘tune-up’ fights before facing his ultimate challenge, Wilder. However, Fury’s commitment and desire sped up his recovery phase and he eventually fought Francesco Pianeta two months later who he comfortably beat via a unanimous decision victory.
Hall of fame promoter Frank Warren set up a huge fight with Deontay in the final week of Fury’s bout with Pianeta and now we await the clash of two titans with everything to lose.
How can I watch this fight?
The undercard will be broadcasted on BT Sport Box Office in the early hours of Sunday December 2nd (UK time). The main event ring walks are likely to take place at 4am GMT.