Wilder vs. Fury tailor made for Hollywood
The media tour for the upcoming heavyweight clash between reigning WBC champion Deontay Wilder and former champion Tyson Fury concluded with a bang in Downtown L.A.
After previous stops in London and New York to promote what has surprisingly become one of the most intriguing heavyweight bouts in recent memory, the two behemoths took center stage once again the mecca of showmanship, Los Angeles, home of Hollywood stars.
The two titans have done an exceptional job of promoting the event and have made an impression on the public as it was reported that over a $1,000,000 in ticket sales were already sold within 25 minutes of the press conference, which was held at The Novo theatre at L.A Live.
The trash talk between the two has been entertaining and both combatants have clearly taken a liking to each other as they try thier best to create animosity.
There was a little shoving match at the end of the press conference that might have been slightly authentic, but the mutual respect is evident by both fighters.
They even acknowledged at the press conference that they actually like each other, with Fury even howling, “Like Deontay? I love him!”
That Fury is entertaining to the public is a given, but Wilder himself has done a good job of holding is own against the Gypsy King.
Fury rose to fame when he ended the long time title reign of former champion Wladimir Klitschko with a stunning unianimous decision in November 2015.
His title reign would unfortunately be short-lived after enjoying the fruits of his labor a little too much and testing positive for cocaine and allowing his weight to balloon to over 300lbs.
Fury also acknowledged dealing with bouts of depression so it’s unfathomable to believe he’s in the middle of a promotion for what can be described as one of the biggest heavyweight fights taking place in the United States in quite a while.
Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) has held the WBC belt since 2015 and is looking to make his eighth defense and will be doing so in his first pay-per-view event.
While Fury (27-0, 19 knockouts) is the bigger man at 6’9 to Wilder’s 6’7, it’s Wilder that is considered to have the most power between the two.
Fury has extraordinary footwork and movement for such a big man and it will be the story of the fight if Wilder can land one of his untamed haymakes on the elusive Fury. And if so, can Fury take the punch and counter with own shots?
The gigantic elephant in the room of course is Anthony Joshua. The holder of the other heavyweight belts is assumed to be awaiting the winner of this bout to defend his belts on his turf in the U.K.
Wilder has been chasing Joshua for the better part of this year and seems to have finally put Joshua in a position to stop the nonsense and take on Wilder, if Wilder is able to get past Fury.
The moment of truth will take place on Dec. 1 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on Showtime pay-per-view in another example of the resurgence of boxing in the Los Angeles area.