Deontay Wilder & Tyson Fury looking for big KO ahead of Dec 1. fight
Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury talk intentions to finish each other ahead of their heavyweight championship fight
WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, 32, (40-0, 39 KOs), will put his title on the line when he faces former lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, 30, (27-0, 19 KOs), on Dec.1st at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
There is still some time to go until fight night, but Wilder and Fury wasted no time in making their intentions known towards each other. They came nose-to-nose and exchanged words in an intense stare down that lasted nearly 30 seconds to start things off.
Wilder captured the title in 2015, when he defeated then WBC champion Bermane Stiverne by unanimous decision. He has successfully defended the title seven times since then, all by way of knockout.
“It’s gonna be bombs away,” said Lou DiBella, who promotes Wilder. “You’re gonna feel the power and the fury when the ‘Bronze Bomber’ (Deontay Wilder), faces the fearless ‘Gypsy King’ (Tyson Fury.)”
About 70 fans were in attendance for the event. Wilder’s fans were heard repeatedly chanting “Bomb Squad!” Fury’s fans countered by singing, “There’s only one Tyson Fury!”
“We know with me there comes power,” said Wilder. “There come knockouts. The main thing you guys wanna see in a heavyweight fight is a knockout. And I deliver that each and every time and this time as well too. Like I said before, when I say I promise, I promise you I’m gonna knockout the Gyspy King as well to timberrrrrrr!!!”
Fury became lineal champion and captured the IBF, WBO, and IBO titles after defeating then long-reigning lineal heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.
He was stripped of those titles after he agreed to a rematch with Klitschko instead of facing a mandatory challenger, and then testing positive for cocaine twice. Fury had a 31-month layoff until he returned in June and won two tune-up fights.
Although Wilder kept himself calm and composed, it was clear that Fury was trying to get into his head as he stood up to speak.
“Even Deontay knows to sit down in the presence of greatness,” said Fury, drawing laughter from the crowd. “How am I going to let this little skinny spaghetti-legged hoop man beat me? After he feels power and a few stiff jabs to the face, his a– is gonna fall out. I’m gonna knock his spark out and when he’s on the floor, I’m gonna look over and say ‘You got knocked the f— out man!’”