One of the most mouth-watering fights of the year is now less than two weeks’ away.
On December 1, Tyson Fury will go head-to-head with Deontay Wilder at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, with the aim of taking the American’s WBC heavyweight title.
Fury has only had two fights since his career-defining victory over Wladimir Klitschko three years ago - against Sefer Seferi and Francesco Planeta - but won them both to set up this upcoming showdown bout against the charismatic Wilder.
Wilder, victorious over Luis Ortiz in March, clearly has a lot more to lose than Fury, who has paid credit to his next opponent for showing the guts to take this fight.
Fury is convinced he’s a technically superior fighter to Wilder and will secure the heavyweight title on December 1. Wilder, meanwhile, knows that one of his devastating punches could be enough to extend his flawless professional record to 41-0.
Matchroom Boxing chief Eddie Hearn, who unsuccessfully attempted to add Fury to his stable this time last year, believes boxing fans are about to witness a “terrible fight” between the two heavyweights.
However, he has also explained why he believes Fury will end up getting knocked out by Wilder.
“I think it’s gonna be a terrible fight and I think he’s gonna stink the place out,” Hearn was quoted as saying in reference to Fury, per BoxingScene.com.
“He may even win the first couple rounds, but I do think he’ll get knocked out.”
“Listen, it’s nothing against him," he added. "I absolutely admire Tyson Fury for what he’s done. … This is a guy who had major problems and has completely turned his life around. And I have the utmost respect for him.
“He’s not match sharp, he’s not match fit and I think Wilder hits too hard. And I think he’ll cut him up at some point.
“Don’t get me wrong – Fury’s gonna frustrate him, grab him, hold him, spin him, push him away, do it again. And [Wilder] may be behind after a couple of rounds.
"But eventually, he’ll get a hold of him. And when he does, I think he’ll win the fight.”
Hearn is convinced that Fury will end up suffering the first defeat of his professional career at the start of next month.
He obviously knows his boxing, but is he underestimating what Fury is capable of?
Providing Fury is still as good as he was when he defeated Klitschko in Düsseldorf, the Wythenshawe-born fighter could easily outbox Wilder in LA.
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