Wilder vs Fury: Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury, WBC American champion vs British lineal champion, in a world heavyweight clash.
Both fighters go into the fight unbeaten in their combined 67 professional bouts in a fight expected to be watched by millions across the US and the world. It’s on Saturday, December 1, 2018 (but Sunday, December 2 in the UK). Not long to wait.
Staples Center (Los Angeles).
Despite the fight being announced in mid-August, it took until the end of September for confirmation of the host venue, with Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Convention Centre the other possibility.
Wilder has yet to feature at the Staples Center during his 40-fight career, while Fury’s only previous appearance across the pond came at Madison Square Garden, New York City, where he defeated American Steve Cunningham in 2013, lifting himself off the canvas in arguably his most exciting fight yet to record a seventh round KO.
In addition to the NHL’s LA Kings, the 21,000-capacity multi-purpose arena is home to the NBA’s LA Lakers and LA Clippers, and has previously hosted boxing hall of famers such as Oscar De La Hoya, Vitali Klitschko and Lennox Lewis.
What TV channel will it be on?
In the UK, the fight will be aired live on BT Sport Box Office, which is available across BT, Sky and Virgin Media. Paying viewers will be able to watch the fight on the BT Sport website.
In the US, Showtime will be broadcasting the event, likewise on their pay-per-view platform.
You can find out more about how to watch here.
What time is the fight likely to start?
As always, these big fights are at the mercy of the undercard and how long the build-up takes. But, in the UK, we expect it to begin at 5am GMT on Sunday, December 2.
For whose watching in the United States, it will be on Saturday, 9pm local time or midnight EST.
Deontay Wilder has warned Tyson Fury he is gravely mistaken if he believes his tension at Wednesday’s press conference means he is running scared.
Wilder lost his composure while the smiling, relaxed Fury spoke over him at the final press conference for Saturday’s fight at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, leading to the two fighters and their entourages having to be separated after a heated confrontation.
To the neutral observer, the WBC heavyweight champion cut an unsettled figure, and the 30-year-old Fury departed convinced he had succeeded in unnerving his opponent, even insisting Wilder had deliberately attempted to jeopardise their fight.
Wilder had, regardless, also been similarly angry before one of his finest victories, over Bermane Stiverne, and he said: “If Fury’s team think all that stuff was a sign of weakness then I cannot wait to show them strength on Saturday. They know it was not weakness; they just needed something to say.
“I’m not afraid to lose my unbeaten record. We all want to stay undefeated but I do not dwell on it. I can lose and comeback. Look at (Muhammad) Ali and others who lost and came back.