Today in Stratford marked the first stop on the three-city media tour to officially launch the promotion of the heavyweight championship of the world contest between the lineal champion Tyson Fury and the WBC ruler Deontay Wilder, which will take place on December 1 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Below is a selection of the early shots fired at the BT Sports studios
Fury v Wilder is live and exclusive on BT Sport Box Office, December 1st. For more info go to btsport.com/boxoffice
A little correction for you. I am no challenger to no man, I am the lineal heavyweight champion of the world. That means I am the best of the best, the elite champion. This is two champions colliding, I am challenging for nothing or nobody, this is equal rights champion vs champion.
I am savouring nothing here. The only thing I am savouring is smashing Deontay Wilder’s teeth in, that’s it. I’ve come here today and all the press has turned up, the world’s press is here – Showtime, BT Sport, UK and American press.
They are here to see the biggest fight of our generation between two undefeated giants. And boy are you going to get a fight. You are in for a real treat, don’t worry about that.
Because I am in the mood for no messing and no running around rings and dancing from nobody. There is not a 15st man on the planet that can beat Tyson Fury and I will stand and prove what I will do to this idiot. I will punch his face right in for him, not a problem, seven days a week and twice on a Sunday.
If we fought 30 times I’d win 30 times. That’s how confident I am of beating Deontay Wilder. No problem.
For all your knockout power, ten men in the ring on the night wouldn’t beat Tyson Fury.
I have looked into a killer’s eyes and I am looking at a pussy cat, not a killer.
It is very important for me to establish dominance. I say so many things in this sport, I say I am the best, I say I hit the hardest and that I am the baddest man on the planet. And I believe every word that I say.
When I say I’m going to knock a man down it comes to pass. So when it comes to Tyson Fury I am all about devastating knockouts, that’s what I do. There is no pressure on me to do anything because I know what I’m going to do.
You’ve just got to be there to witness it. He’s got two months to get ready and he has already lost a lot of weight and has to lose a little bit more. He knows he’s gonna get knocked out. He can hoop, he can holla, he can build himself up and build confidence.
He needs to meditate on his situation because he will feel pain he’s never felt before. I can’t wait, ya’ll know when it is time to come and see a Deontay Wilder fight and you’re only coming to see one thing, me knocking somebody out.
The 41st person to be knocked out is the man you are looking at right here.
It has been a long time since the heavyweight division has had two giants like this, two champions at the top of their game, at the top of their division wanting to fight one another and making it happen.
It is not rocket science making the fight and the young man to my left here (Shelly Finkel) spent a lot of time working on another fight with a guy from your country who didn’t want to fight. There was an opportunity when this man got back, cleared himself up and got into the shape he’s in, Shelly and Frank made this fight very quickly.
When two great champions want to fight, the fight happens and that is why December 1 is happening. When the Bronze Bomber fights the Gypsy King, the lineal champion fights the hardest punching heavyweight in the world, the WBC champion, we’re going to know then and there who the best heavyweight on the planet is, until proven otherwise.
The winner of this fight on December 1 will be the best heavyweight on the planet.
I have nothing but respect for the lineal champion who, when I was handling Klitschko, I did not think he had a chance. He proved me wrong. He is not going to prove me wrong twice and that will be shown on December 1 when Deontay takes care of business.
We didn’t pick the fight because we believe it is easy, we believe Tyson is the best out there. That is why we want to fight the best and only the best. We have nothing but respect because your countryman didn’t have the guts to step up like you do.
The fight is happening, contrary to what some people are saying, and it is the two best, the best because they are willing to step in the ring together. That is what great fighters do, the lineal champion fighting the WBC champion, both undefeated and we are going to see something special on December 1.
I think it will be a fight that nobody expects. This is not going to be cat and mouse; this is going to be a war. As soon as that bell goes we will have a war. I know what this man brings to the ring and he has a fighter’s mentality.
You are going to see a special heavyweight fight, the best for a long, long time
Do not miss it, as a boxing fan you want to see this and you can buy it on BT Box Office and Showtime in the States. It is a fight you cannot afford to miss.
WBC World Champion Deontay Wilder will defend his title against lineal champion Tyson Fury in a blockbuster matchup of undefeated heavyweights on Saturday, December 1, live on SHOWTIME PPV® at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.
Wilder vs. Fury tests the raw power of Wilder against the unmatched size and mobility of Fury. America’s only heavyweight champion since 2007, Wilder has 39 knockouts in 40 professional fights, including knockouts in all seven of his title defenses. Fury is a former IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight world champion who is undefeated in 27 professional fights and holds boxing’s coveted lineal heavyweight title.
The evenly matched showdown of top-ranked heavyweights pits boxing’s two largest champions against each other in the most significant heavyweight fight in the United States since Lennox Lewis vs. Mike Tyson in 2002. In addition to physical stature – Wilder is 6-foot-7, Fury 6-foot-9 – both are among boxing’s greatest showmen, with outsized personalities and heavyweight charisma.
“Wilder vs. Fury is a throwback to the glory days of heavyweight boxing – a 50/50 matchup between two larger-than-life athletes with towering physical frames and captivating personalities,” said Stephen Espinoza, President, Sports and Event Programming for Showtime Networks Inc. “Deontay Wilder has proven he’s the hardest puncher in boxing. Tyson Fury‘s size and skill set present a challenge unlike any other in the heavyweight division. No one knows what will happen when these two giants step into the ring, and that’s what makes this fight so fascinating.”
Wilder vs. Fury is the latest major heavyweight event to take place in the Southland, expanding an already deep history of heavyweight boxing featuring Hall of Famers Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, Lennox Lewis and Vitali Klitschko, the last of whom faced off at STAPLES Center in 2003.
Tickets for the event, which is promoted by BombZquad Enterprises and Queensberry Promotions, in association with DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions, go on sale Wednesday, October 3 at 12 p.m. PT. Tickets are priced starting at $75, plus applicable fees, and are available via AXS.com. Wilder vs. Fury will be produced and distributed by SHOWTIME PPV.
“I can’t wait to fight Tyson Fury in the biggest fight in the heavyweight division and all of boxing,” said Wilder. “I have tremendous respect for Fury for agreeing to leave England and come to the U.S. to challenge me. I’m the WBC champion, he’s the lineal champion, and the winner of this fight will show the world who is ‘The Man’ in the heavyweight division. As much as I respect Fury, I fear no man and fully intend to knock him out like every man that I’ve ever faced in the ring.”
“People talk about me only having two fights since my layoff, but that doesn’t bother me at all,” Fury said. “This is the Tyson Fury show. It always has been. This is my era, and I proved that when I beat Klitschko in his own backyard. Is Wilder the biggest puncher I have faced? You don’t know that until you are on the floor. It is all about not getting hit in this fight. Until someone beats me, I am the king of the heavyweight division. Long live the king.”
“There is no better place in the world than STAPLES Center to have these two giant heavyweights, WBC champion Deontay Wilder and lineal champion Tyson Fury, clashing in an epic championship fight,” said Lee Zeidman, President, STAPLES Center. “This is the kind of match that will add to the rich tradition of Southland boxing and we are incredibly proud to host it.’’
After winning bronze at the 2008 Olympic Games, Wilder knocked out his first 32 professional opponents inside of four rounds to earn a shot at WBC Heavyweight Champion Bermane Stiverne on Jan. 17, 2015. The Tuscaloosa, Ala., native defeated Stiverne via near-shutout decision, going the distance for the first time in his career to become America’s first heavyweight world champion since Shannon Briggs in 2007.
As WBC champion, Wilder has knocked out all seven of his world title challengers, including a devastating first-round knockout of Stiverne in a 2017 rematch. In his last fight, Wilder survived the toughest test of his career in undefeated top-five ranked world title challenger Luis Ortiz. Wilder knocked out the Cuban slugger in a leading candidate for 2018 Fight of the Year.
In Fury, Wilder will face his second consecutive top-five heavyweight in what experts have set as the closest odds of his professional career.
Fury, who was born in 1988 and named after then-heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, competed as an amateur for both England and Ireland before turning professional in 2008. The self-proclaimed “Gypsy King” dominated the competition early in his career to earn a world title shot against Wladimir Klitschko, who had ruled over the heavyweight division for nine consecutive years.
Fury shocked the world with a unanimous decision win over Klitschko in 2015, limiting the future Hall of Famer to the worst offensive output of his professional career. Subsequent battles with drugs, mental health and weight gain, along with a failure to face his mandatory challengers, cost Fury his belts and led to a nearly three-year hiatus from the sport.
Fury was triumphant in his long-awaited return on June 9 against Sefer Seferi, leading to a second comeback fight less than 75 days later against former world title challenger Francesco Pianeta. Weighing within 11 pounds of his fighting weight when he dethroned Klitschko, Fury displayed prime movement, hand speed and footwork in a shutout decision to earn the opportunity to become a two-time heavyweight world champion on December 1.
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