Tyson Fury agrees to WBC anti-drugs programme for Fury vs Wilder Fight

The Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder fight on December 1st at the Staples Center in Los Angeles is shaping up to be one of the biggest heavyweight battles in recent boxing memory. Fans have wanted these two boxers to fight for years but there have been many issues surrounding the fight. One of the biggest issues was that Fury had not agreed to the WBC’s anti-drug program and many analysts were afraid that the issue was going to derail the entire fight.

But, Tyson Fury just took a big step forward in his fight with Deontay Wilder. He agreed to enter the WBC anti-drug program. The WBC was threatening to take their support away from Fury vs Wilder due to the fact that Fury has had a history of a drug problem. Fury had no choice but to accept the WBC’s drug program if he wanted to continue on with the fight on December 1st.

Fury agrees to WBC anti-drugs

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman said, “Tyson has filed all the relevant paperwork for our Clean Boxing protocol and given the necessary details as to where he can be tested.”

“You put down your information and every time you make a move you have to report it. So if you’re going to the movies and it’s more than one mile away, you report it. It’s the optimum way of doing it. The administration is complicated but we are doing our best. I would say on this programme we randomly test between 20 and 30 boxers every month so there’s a fair chance Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder would be tested as part of that.” said Sulaiman

In 2015, Fury had a positive test for nandrolone and he eventually agreed to a deal with the UK anti-doping agency and a two-year ban was instated. Fury still denies that he ever took the substance but he had to accept the ban if he ever wanted to box competitively again. Fury also tested positive for cocaine twice in 2016 in random VADA tests and those positive tests derailed his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko, which would have been one of the biggest fights in boxing.

Fury used the time in his ban to become more stable in his life and mental health. Fury has been very public about his battle with mental health and he has been an advocate for mental health awareness and for people receiving mental health treatment. On October 10th, Fury posted an Instagram video with this caption, “Had to do another mental health vid,
Never give up, it will get better I promise.” In the video Fury can be seen talking along with a song and talking about how the moment is yours. It is very admirable that such a public figure talks about his battle with mental health as it will encourage other people to come forward with their stories and seek treatment.

During Fury’s time away from the ring he also battled with his mental health and it took a lot of work in order for him to get to the place that he is today. He gained more than 100 pounds during his time away from the sport, ballooning up to a weight of about 380 pounds. Fury comes from a long line of gypsies and he is known by many fans around the world as the “Gypsy King”. Fury recently came out and said that he no longer identifies as a gypsy and wants to show that he is more than the “Gypsy King”. Fury has certainly done some soul searching during his two years away from boxing and he seems to be in a great place and ready to fight Wilder on December 1st.

The WBC has a robust testing protocol that ensures that none of the boxers are doping or taking any illegal substances. The testing agents can come at any time day or night and demand a urine sample for testing. This ensures that the fights that the WBC supports are clean and that there will be no worries of doping.

The entire boxing world is hopeful that all of the drug tests that Fury and Wilder will go through will come back negative and that these two undefeated boxers can go head to head in what will be an explosive fight. Many fans are still worried that Fury will slip up before the big fight but hopefully, Fury’s team can make sure that he stays clean. Los Angeles is in for a great fight and boxing fans all over the world are excited for this great matchup.

Does Tyson Fury Have A Legitimate Chance To Beat Deontay Wilder

In 2015, Tyson Fury (27-0, 19 KO), scored one of the biggest upset wins in boxing history when he defeated Wladimir Klitschko for the unified WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, Ring magazine and lineal heavyweight titles.

After the win, many expected the 28-year-old Fury to rule the heavyweight division for a while. However, Fury was forced to pull out of a rematch with Klitschko because of an ankle injury. Soon after, UK Anti-Doping announced that there was presence of a prohibited substance in Fury’s sample from February 2015, which he denied, and he eventually vacated the titles he won from Klitschko after several postponed rematches.

Fury Will Beat Wilder

After losing his titles, Fury tested positive for cocaine and decided to get professional medical help to treat his depression and addiction issues.

In October 2017, Fury announced he would apply for his boxing license and return to the ring in 2018, which he did when he defeated Albanian cruiserweight Sefer Seferi.

Thanks to WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder being unable to reach a financial agreement with unified champion Anthony Joshua, Fury was able to get himself a title shot despite having only one fight in the last two years.

Wilder confirmed that Fury would be his next opponent after the former champion’s win over Francesco Pianeta. Since the fight was announced, boxing insiders haven’t given Fury much of a chance to win the fight, and Vegas books seem to agree with them, making Wilder the favorite at -185.

The biggest arguments against Fury are the fact that he hasn’t faced any real competition since he defeated Klitschko and the fact that he is rusty after such a lengthy absence and won’t be in the right shape to fight Wilder.

Leading up to the fight, Fury sounded confident about his chances of winning the fight and even promised to knock Wilder out during their press tour. So, is Fury just talking trash or does he have a real chance to win the fight?

The one thing Fury still has going for him is his speed, which is better than Wilder’s. Granted he didn’t face the toughest competition in the lead up to this fight, he moved around well in the ring, which is likely due to the fact that he has dropped some weight.

Even when he was at his best, Fury did not possess the type of power that Wilder does, so he is likely not going to be able to knock the champion out unless he gets a lucky shot in.

Fitness is going to be the key here, Wilder is a power puncher that will be looking for a knockout so Fury will have to move around more than he did in his first two fights since his return. Since he didn’t get tested by Seferi or Pianeta, despite going 10 rounds with the latter, fatigue could sink in the later rounds, opening him up for a knockout.

Since Fury is just 30-years-old and has had a few years to heal from the damage he took earlier in his career, he should be able to go the full 12 rounds. If the fight goes to the judges, anything can happen.

Bad Blood Spills Over In Fury And Wilder’s Final Press Tour

WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is scheduled to defend his belt for the eighth time when he takes on former unified champion Tyson Fury, who is trying to reclaim the titles he lost after staying away from the sport for over two years.

With the fight scheduled for December 1 at the Staples Center, both fighters embarked on a promotional tour to drum up interest for the fight.

Fury And Wilder Final Press Tour

The first two stops on the tour in New York and London went smoothly as both fighters promoted what is expected to be the biggest heavyweight fight in the United States since Lennox Lewis defeated Mike Tyson in 2002.

Wilder complimented Fury during the first stop on the tour, calling him a great fighter.

“He’s great for the heavyweight division,” Wilder said of Fury. “He’s charismatic. He can talk. I’ve got a great dancing partner. He’s fearless in the ring, and he’s got a background of boxing in his blood. It’s good that he’s from another country so you get to see different cultures, different personalities from the two of us. You’ve got one from America and you’ve got one from Great Britain. So that’s going to make it even more pleasurable for me when I knock him out.”

Fury returned the compliment while adding that he was the greatest fighter of his generation.

“I can walk around here, and I can talk as good as any man in the country,” Fury said. “But when it comes to a fight, it’s going to be a hell of a fight. Deontay Wilder: massive puncher. Me: skillful boxer. It’s going to be an epic night. This is a legacy fight … and after I win, he’s going to hire me as his publicist because I do believe I can promote Deontay Wilder back to being heavyweight champion of the world in no time. But there’s no shame in losing to me, because I am the greatest boxer of my generation and I can’t be beat, especially not by him.”

However, things got personal during the final stop of the tour in Los Angeles, and the fighters had to be separated after trash talking and exchanging shoves.

“You’re dealing with the baddest man on the planet,” Wilder said to Fury before the altercation. “When I look over your body, I’m not going to have no mercy for you.”

Fury, who isn’t one to shy away from a confrontation, had some choice words for Wilder as well.

“I’ve seen plenty of killers, and I know I’m not looking at one here,” Fury said. “But you’re looking at a Spartan.”

Fury also ridiculed Wilder for bringing his entourage with him to the press conference, adding that he didn’t bring anyone with him because he isn’t scared of Wilder.

“Anytime of day, seven days a week, twice on Sunday. Bring it on, you big s—house. He needs all his men I don’t need nobody,” Fury said.  “’I came to America on my own, I stand my ground against any man born from his mother. Come on, you big dosser.”

After they were separated, Wilder told Fury he will make him eat his words when they meet in the ring.

“Trust me, everything you say is gonna build up. You’re so nervous, bro. You’re dealing with the killer,” Wilder said.  “You’re dealing with the best man on the planet, you’re dealing with the one who will knock you out on point and I can’t wait. When I look over your body I’m not gonna have no mercy for you.”

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Wilder vs Fury Fight Analysis, Predictions and Odds

After years of speculation, boxing fans will finally get to see one of the most anticipated heavyweight fights in some time when Deontay Wilder puts his WBC heavyweight championship on the line against Former unified heavyweight champion Nick Fury.

The fight is scheduled to take place on December 1, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Fighter Analysis

Wilder comes into this fight with a 40-0 record, 39 of those wins coming by knockout. The 2008 Olympics bronze medalist won the WBC heavyweight championship from Bermane Stiverne in 2015 by unanimous decision, making it the first time in his career he didn’t knock his opponent out.

Since he won the belt, Wilder has defended it seven times, including a rematch with Stiverne in November 2017. This time around, Wilder knocked Stiverne out in the first round.

Fury (27-0, 19 KO) shocked the boxing world in 2015 when he defeated Wladimir Klitschko for the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, The Ring, and lineal heavyweight titles. The victory over Klitschko helped Fury win the Fighter of the Year and Upset of the Year awards.

Fury was supposed to give Klitschko a rematch, but the rematch was canceled because he failed a drug test a day before the fight and also tested positive for cocaine. Fury’s failure to defend the titles against Klitschko led to the champion relinquishing his belts and briefly retiring from the sport.

In January, Fury announced he would reapply for his boxing license. In June, he stepped into the ring for the first time in over two years, defeating Sefer Seferi, who retired in the fourth round. In August, he defeated Francesco Pianeta, setting up his fight with Wilder.

Wilder vs Fury Fight Analysis

Wilder is one of the best heavyweights in the world, but he has been unable to unify the heavyweight belts because titleholder Anthony Joshua refused to fight him. He eventually settled on fighting Fury, and the winner of the fight is expected to be Joshua’s next opponent.

The 32-year-old champion is one of the hardest hitters in the sport, knocking out all but one of his opponents. Wilder will go into this fight as the heavy favorite because he has remained active while Fury was briefly retired, and didn’t have any problem putting away previously undefeated Luis Ortiz when they fought in March.

Fury also has a lot of power, but eight of his wins have come by decision, including two of his last three fights. The fact that he has fought only twice since 2015 is another reason to avoid betting on him because the opponents he defeated this year weren’t very impressive.

Francesco Pianeta had lost two of his last three fights before getting in the ring with Fury and Sefer Seferi is a cruiserweight who was outsized and overmatched against the much bigger fury.

Fury will have a hard time adjusting to Wilder’s speed and strength because he will likely still be rusty after such a long layoff.

If this fight had happened in 2015, it would have been one of the biggest boxing matches in the world. If Fury had been patient and worked his way back into shape, it would have still been an intriguing fight. Even though the fight will still attract a lot of fans, it is most likely going to be a one-sided affair.

Betting Odds and Predictions

The current betting odds for this fight has Wilder as the favorite, -185. Since it is still a couple of months away, the prop bets are not yet available, but when they do, you should pick Wilder to win by knockout because Fury won’t be able to handle his power.

WBC Officially Sanctions Fury vs Wilder

Former WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO, The Ring, and lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury announced his plan to fight WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder on December 1, but the fight hadn’t been sanctioned by the governing body because the WBC required Fury to enroll in the WBC clean boxing program.

The request by the governing body didn’t come as a surprise because Fury’s sample tested positive for a banned substance in February 2015, and he also admitted abusing cocaine and seeking medical treatment for it, which led him to leave the sport at the peak of his career for two and a half years after defeating Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.

Fury vs Wilder Fight

After Fury announced his intention to fight Wilder, WBC head, Mauricio Sulaiman, told reporters he was hopeful Fury would sign up for out of competition testing, adding that the former champion won’t be able to win the WBC belt if he failed to enroll in the program.

“I would say this week. I’m going to reach out to him, because there has to be testing for the fight, out of competition. The time is of essence. Hopefully, he will enroll.”

“If he does not enroll, then the WBC cannot sanction the fight,” Sulaiman added.

Sulaiman said Fury sent him a message telling him he hadn’t enrolled in the program because he was having difficulty filling out the required paperwork, which is a little complicated because fighters have to let the anti-doping agency know where they will be at all times.

“He told me personally, publicly on Twitter. He sent a message, he had a fight, and he has been struggling with paperwork, so we understand that. We have that flexibility in our protocol, but now it’s time. Time is now.”

On Tuesday, Sulaiman confirmed that Fury had indeed enrolled in the program, which means the fight between Fury and Wilder will take place as scheduled on December 1.

“I can confirm Tyson Fury has now sent the Clean Boxing Program enrolment forms to VADA testing,” Sulaiman said. “Where you are located is the most important piece of information, where we can find you to perform a test, it is very simple.

“You put down your information and every time you make a move you have to report it. So if you’re going to the movies and it’s more than one mile away, you report it. It’s the optimum way of doing it. The administration is complicated but we are doing our best.”

“You can report it via email or entering the information on a new app we have developed. He would have that app on his phone and he can enter where he is going.

“I would say on this program we randomly test between 20 and 30 boxers every month so there’s a fair chance Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder would be tested as part of that.”

With both Wilder and Fury enrolled in the program, they will both head to training camp to get ready for the fight, which is one of the most anticipated fights of the year.