Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder LIVE – What time does it start, TV channel, predictions, odds and latest news
Tyson Fury bids to regain his world champion status as he takes on Deontay Wilder in Los Angeles on Saturday night for the WBC heavyweight title, little more than three years since his last meaningful fight.
The British boxer has returned from a lengthy lay-off due to drug addiction, alcoholism and mental health problems to attempt to become a two-time world champion, although he goes into this bout off two low-key victories over poor opposition earlier this year in the hope of winning the only heavyweight title he is yet to hold.
Wilder on the other hand is embarking on a dominant run in what is his eighth defence of the WBC title, and with as much as $24m up for grabs, the fight is set to be a spectacular one in the early hours of Sunday morning. Follow the live action below.
starts at around 4am GMT, depending on the undercard, on Sunday 2 December.
The fight will be shown live on BT Sport Box Office from 11:30pm GMT on Saturday 1 December.
You can buy the fight on the BT Player or channel 494 on BT, Sky Box Office or channel 490, Virgin TV On Demand or the BT Sport Box Office app.
Tyson Fury to win: 11/8
This is a fight that is still dividing opinion three months after its shock announcement. It could end when Wilder connects cleanly and it could end at the final bell with Wilder exhausted and trailing on points. A Wilder win is the easy choice, but Fury has a look about him and if I can still see that look after a few rounds there might just be something very special in Los Angeles this weekend. I believe they call it a Hollywood ending.
Fury’s toppling of Wladimir Klitschko in Düsseldorf will forever contend with the likes of Ken Buchanan, Lloyd Honeyghan and John H Stracey for the greatest British boxing victory on foreign soil. But that was over three years ago. It’s so difficult to believe he is as razor-sharp as he was and Wilder is far more aggressive than Klitschko. I think Wilder will lose the opening few rounds, come forward, and catch him.
Verdict: Wilder – KO (Round 7)
I’m anticipating a tense, messy fight regardless of the result. Wilder is arguably the biggest puncher on the planet but it’s a moot point if he can’t land. He also doesn’t tend to set a particularly high pace which will work in Fury’s favour. I see the challenger establishing an early lead before parking the bus and attempting to stay out of trouble at all costs. He might just do that and nick a decision in the process.
Verdict: Fury – Points
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