Tyson Fury was jovial, sarcastic, and helpful as he worked with the young heavyweights training alongside him at Warriors Boxing Gym in Hollywood, Florida. Just days earlier, the 6-foot-9 “Gypsy King” found out that his dream fight — an undisputed heavyweight championship bout with Anthony Joshua — wasn’t going to happen.
WBC heavyweight title
Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder III
Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021, Time: 9 p.m. ET
Location: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
For many years Las Vegas represented the heavyweight prize-fighters most aspirational and coveted platform – where the world’s biggest, baddest men contested for the richest purses against a glitzy backdrop of plunging necklines and immaculately tailored suits. The excess and chaos and seductive mythology at the heart of this desert town of 600,000 souls have made it the note-perfect home for a trade that has been called the red-light district of professional sports.
Fury, who declined to take his shirt off as he climbed onto the scales, is four pounds heavier than the 273lbs he weighed when scoring a seventh-round knockout of Wilder in their second meeting 20 months ago.
It means Wilder will come in 37lb (16 kgs) lighter than his opponent when he attempts to reclaim his WBC title from the unbeaten Fury at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday.
It’s a fight people didn’t initially ask for. Fury dominated Wilder in their second fight, after they fought to a draw in a contest most people believe Fury won. Given the lopsided nature of the second fight, most were hoping to see a fight between Fury and Anthony Joshua.
Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder III Fight history
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The pair first met in December 2018 in about that ended in a controversial draw, but Fury was rewarded for taking the fight to his opponent last time out. Afterward, Wilder blamed the weight of his ring walk costume for draining his energy but also suggested Fury’s gloves were tampered with.
Although Wilder, 35, scored a pair of knockdowns during their controversial split draw in 2018, he has lost the majority of the 19 rounds between the two in the series. That hasn’t slowed his confidence, however, even after being stopped for the first time in their rematch when now-fired assistant trainer Mark Breland threw in the towel to save Wilder from a one-sided beating.
Fury, who defeated Wilder via seventh-round knockout in February 2020, is expected to win, though Wilder has terrific knockout power and knocked Fury down twice previously in their first bout from December 2018.
The all-Heavyweight main card will also see Nigerian Olympian Efe Ajagba face rising Cuban Frank Sanchez in a rare clash of unbeaten prospects, Robert Helenius look to repeat his stunning upset of Adam Kownacki, and blue-chip prospect Jared Anderson open the show against undefeated Vladimir Tereshkin.
Fury dominated their Las Vegas rematch from the first bell, flooring his opponent several times before his corner threw in the towel.
His win had led to calls for him to face off against fellow British superstar Anthony Joshua in a huge undisputed title clash before AJ lost his belts to Oleksandr Usyk.
Asked for his prediction on how he expected the fight to go, Fury added: “With him severely hurt on the floor, smashed to bits, like he’s been run over by an 18-wheeler truck.
The last time he complained he had a cracked skull and an injured arm. Well, I can’t wait for Saturday night. I’m really going to severely damage him. He’ll be unrecognizable after the fight. I’ll send him home butchered.
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