The time for talk is over. Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder go head-to-head at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday night in one of the biggest fights of 2018.
The two unbeaten heavyweights both go into the fight extremely confident of victory - but there can only be one winner.
Fury, who has conquered various well-documented personal demons to get himself in a position to challenge for the WBC heavyweight title, weighed in at 256.5lbs (18st 4lbs 8oz) on Friday.
Wilder, aiming to retain his WBC heavyweight belt by recording the 41st professional victory of his career, weighed in at 212.5lbs (15st 2lbs 8oz).
That’s the second-lowest weight of Wilder’s entire career. The only time he was lighter was on his debut against Ethan Cox in November 2008.
The winner of this weekend’s showpiece bout is expected to take on Anthony Joshua in 2019 to decide who the world’s best heavyweight really is at this moment in time.
Ahead of Fury v Wilder, a video is currently doing the rounds of the legendary Kronk gym and Hall of Fame trainer, Emanuel Steward, from October 2012 - just four months short of his untimely death.
The former American boxer - who later commentated for HBO - made some comments about the two heavyweights which look particularly interesting, and almost prophetic, now.
“There’s a certain toughness inside of Tyson Fury, don’t ever, ever underestimate Tyson, whoever say he’s all crazy, this and that, I know him personally,” Steward says of the Brit.
“To be heavyweight champion of the world, you have to be a mentally tough guy. I just think he [Fury] is too big, naturally talented, big and tough. Unless I see different.
“There’s an outside boyishness that I can see gonna make him the dominant person if he stabilises himself.
“Once he settles down on a solid training program, whichever way he gets into it – it’s just boxing – with his personality and his physical size – it’s a big, big, big, big factor in boxing. After Wladimir [Klitschko], he’s gonna be the next dominant heavyweight.”
Steward’s words will seem even more prophetic if Fury defeats Wilder.
However, Steward also saw Wilder becoming a top-class heavyweight at a time when very few people even knew who he was.
“There’s one kid in America that nobody speaks of and that’s Deontay Wilder, he was on the [US] Olympics team with us,” Steward adds.
“He’s got good speed and power - and I think the best talents are going to be Tyson and Deontay Wilder.”
The man clearly knew his boxing.
He was absolutely spot on with this prediction.
Emanuel, we salute you.News Now - Sport News