By Mark Elezaj
December 1, 2018 is two months away and the excitement building for the upcoming Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury fight has officially started with today’s press conference. It was your typical “selling point” for a title fight. You have the WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder reminding everyone, including Fury, that he has not only beaten every man he’s faced but he’s knocked them all out, or as Wilder states, he “baptized them.” Then you have the Lineal Champion Tyson Fury responding the way he only knows how, “you’re a bum” or “bum squad” or “let me feel your power with a little spar right now.”
The press conference went from a fun back and forth to a loud and confrontational event with both champions getting up in each other’s face, resulting in Wilder pushing Fury.
This fight was being teased for some time now. After Wilder knocked out Artur Szpilka back in 2016, Fury rushed into the ring to confront him. “Any time, any place, anywhere” shouted Fury into the mic while being nose to nose with Wilder. “Like I did Klitschko, I’ll beat you, ya bum, You’re a Bum.” Wilder responded “This isn’t the WWE baby, when you do step in the ring with me I promise you I will baptize you.” Fight fans were finally excited about a heavyweight fight because this was the type of heavyweight fight we all want to see. Two undefeated giants squaring off for the championship of the world. Deontay Wilder is 40-0 with 39 KO’s while Tyson Fury stands at 27-0 with 19 KO’s, both records are impressive and both have something to prove, who is the best Heavyweight in the division?
Lets rewind time back to November 28, 2015 when Tyson Fury met and beat Wladimir Klitschko by unanimous decision to become the WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO, The Ring Magazine and the Lineal Champion. Fury beat Klitschko almost dominantly even though the fight was not action packed. He did however do just enough to win rounds, making Klitschko grow old before our eyes. He had one thing on his mind from that point and that was to unify the titles!
The Klitschko vs Fury rematch date was set but due to an injury during his training camp, Fury had to withdraw and postpone the fight. Trouble soon followed with an alleged failed drug test as well as Tyson Fury citing problems with depression and cocaine use.
Deontay Wilder was also running up the ladder of the division, by easily beating everyone that had stepped into the ring with him by knock out. The buzz surrounding Wilder was felt throughout the division. The fans were quick to jump on the bandwagon because he gave the fans something to talk about. He was and is definitely a force to be reckoned with because not only does he hurt his opponents but he literally puts them to sleep with his devastating power shots. He is truly “the most feared man in the world” and rightfully so. The man is a monster in the ring. His true test came against Luis Ortiz, who himself had an impressive resume with a 28-0 (24KO) record.
Ortiz gave Wilder all he could handle in the fight eventually hurting him in the 7th round. But after that Wilder was able to compose himself by fighting his way back into the fight. He used rounds 8 and 9 to “rest up” while Ortiz continued to throw and in round 10 Wilder landed powerful shots dropping Ortiz twice. The Referee stopped the fight and Wilder again showed why he is the man in the division.
Fury has been on a comeback throughout 2018 by beating Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta, or as Fury says “putting in the rounds.” This time it was Deontay that crashed the post fight interview by agreeing to fight Fury in a Champion vs the Lineal Champion fight in the United States with a date to be determined.
The fight has been signed and is set to take place on December 1, 2018 in Las Angeles at the Staples Center. The three city media tour started today in London and boy was it fun to watch. The yelling, the arguing, the excitement!!! I CANT WAIT TO SEE THIS FIGHT!
The tour will continue on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 in New York at the Intrepid Museum and will end in Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at the Star Plaza in front of the Staples Center. The buildup will be just as good as the fight in my opinion.
This fight will give the fans a good look at both men. Fury has been knocked down before, he’s even uppercut himself in a fight, but he’s never been seriously hurt or stopped. The man is not a brawler and fights in spots. He likes to make his opponent miss and works off of his jab. He does have pop behind his shots and a decent defense to follow.
Wilder is the WBC Champion for a reason. The man throws with bad intentions every time, with every punch. Sometimes he gets a little wild when throwing, jumping off the ground or throwing haymakers and a smart fighter can counter him at that point making him pay for that. He has also been hurt before but showed that he can come out of that and still do damage to a fighter.
If Wilder doesn’t land something big early, and I’m not saying he won’t, this will be a defensive show from Fury. I see this fight going the distance and Tyson Fury winning a close decision to become the new WBC Heavyweight Champion.
~The Fighting Voice~