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Wilder speaking to the media ahead of next month's bout.

ESPN journalist backs Deontay Wilder to defeat Tyson Fury on December 1

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Speaking ahead of the super-fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder on December 1, LA-based ESPN journalist Steve Kim was asked about his views on the bout by BT presenter Tris Dixon.

Kim discusses the anomaly of Wilder being WBC heavyweight champion, but still his profile being relatively small in his home country.

Kim talks about the magnitude of the fight and thinks that the build up to this fight and the Luis Ortiz fight last year have finally put the champion on the map, after flying under the radar for the majority of his career thus far in the US.

He then lavishes praise on Wilder’s power and brutal knockout ability despite being a very unorthodox fighter.

Dixon asks Kim for his predictions for the fight, which prompts the hilarious reaction from Fury.

Kim remarks that he likes the fact that Wilder has been a little more active than Fury and questions the level of opponents that the Gypsy King has faced in his comeback fights to date.

Kim gives some anecdotes on how Fury could win the fight if manages to negate Wilder’s power and manages to ‘box himself into the fight’, but finishes with predicting that he just ‘favours’ Deontay Wilder to prevail over Fury.

Watch his prediction and Fury's reaction at 38:30 in the below video.

Fury is then seen screaming in the background, ‘You better not favour Deontay Wilder,’ which catches Kim awkwardly off guard.

He quickly backtracks and laughs, stating, ‘hey, I hope that I’m wrong,’ before Fury shouts again, ‘You better not favour him.’

The funny moment again perpetuates the jovial feeling around Fury camp ahead of the fight after posting recent videos mocking Wilder’s fighting style. 

Wilder, however, appears to be taking it all in his stride and appears focused on the job in hand by refusing to let the Englishman get into his head ahead of the bout in Los Angeles.

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Deontay Wilder
Tyson Fury
Boxing

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