Boxing fans got some good news on Tuesday when the WBC officially sanctioned the heavyweight title fight between WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and former unified champion Tyson Fury.
The fight is scheduled to take place on December 1, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
Before the fight was officially announced, Wilder and Fury had been trading barbs, trying to set up a big fight with one another after they both failed to get a fight against unified champion Anthony Joshua, who opted to fight Alexander Povetkin instead.
With no other big cards on the schedule before the end of the year, the fight between Wilder and Fury has been gaining a lot of momentum thanks to the antics of both fighters, who know a thing or two about hyping fights.
Since he announced his return to the ring after a two-year absence, Fury indicated that he wanted to get a title shot as soon as possible because he was never defeated for his titles. After failing to draw interest from Joshua, Fury decided to go after a fight against Wilder because winning the fight will give him his best chance to secure a fight with Joshua.
After Fury’s win over Francesco Pianeta, Wilder entered the ring to confirm that the two men had agreed to fight each other. Wilder’s appearance after the fight helped generate some hype for the fight because he told the fans he and Fury were the best heavyweights.
“This is what we’ve been waiting for right here, the best fighting the best!”
Wilder’s comments were an apparent jab at Joshua, who has done a good job avoiding both fighters over the years.
With Wilder and Fury trading barbs in public and social media ever since they have drummed up a lot of interest in their fight. The stakes got bigger on Tuesday when the WBC announced that the winner of the fight between Fury and Wilder will be Joshua’s next opponent.
Since this is boxing and things always change, there are no guarantees the fight will take place next year.
Fury and Wilder had already done a great job drumming up interest in their fight, but the WBC’s comments about the winner getting Joshua will definitely help draw some extra interest as the world will tune in to find out which one of these fighters the unified champion will fight.
With the fighters doing a great job getting people interested in their December clash, the question on the mind of boxing fans everywhere is, will the fight live up to the hype?
Wilder is a knock out machine, winning 39 of his 40 bouts by knockout. He has a lot of power and surprisingly good stamina for a heavyweight, which makes him a very dangerous threat.
Fury was out of boxing for over two years and the only fights he’s had since his return were against overmatched opponents. Most experts think Fury will be rusty because of the long layoff and the quality of the opponents he has faced since his return. However, the Gypsy King has lost a lot of weight and looks to be in great shape.
If Fury and Wilder can go into the late rounds and keep the fans entertained, they might first have to fight each other in a rematch before the winner gets a chance at Joshua.