Deontay Wilder hosts his media day at Churchill Boxing Club
World Boxing Council Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder took his turn hosting a media day event at the Churchill Boxing Club in Santa Monica.
Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) made an appearance at the world renowned boxing gym to take his turn to promote his upcoming historic fight against lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (27-0, 19 knockouts).
Wilder vs. Fury will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Dec 1 and will be available on Showtime pay-per-view.
The fight will mark Wilder’s first bout on pay-per-view.
Fury continues his comeback journey after dethroning Wladimir Klitschko in stunning fashion in 2015 to claim the heavyweight titles, but bouts with substance abuse and mental illness wrecked his title reign before it even began.
The Bronze Bomber has been chasing Anthony Joshua, who holds the three other heavyweight championships in hopes of setting up a monstrous unification clash with the Brit but to no avail, as both sides have been unable to reach an agreement to face each other.
“I feel like I’m at my very best right now. Mentally, physically, and emotionally I’m ready to go. Everything is perfect. I just want to get in the ring and show action. Tyson Fury doesn’t know what he’s gotten himself into,” said Wilder.
The fight is seen by many as the biggest heavyweight contest held in the United States in over 15 years.
“This is not a game for me. Everyone has heard about what it’s like to be in the ring with me, but until you’re in there, you don’t know for sure that what you’ve been hearing is for real. I’m the best in the world. I don’t think any heavyweight has been through what I’ve been through,” Wilder said.
Wilder has been openly willing to travel overseas to the U.K. in an effort to secure a bout with Joshua, but typical boxing negotiation absurdity has plagued the fight and frustrated Wilder to the point that he has publicly questioned if the fight will ever be made.
That disgruntlement caused Wilder to seek other options and might have found the perfect adversary in Fury.
“Tyson Fury is kind of like a Rubik’s cube. But a Rubik’s cube can be solved. Fury is a very versatile fighter who can move, he can box and fight from lots of distances. He’s the total package as a fighter and on top of that he’s strong-willed mentally,” said Wilder’s trainer Jay Deas, who appeared at the event along with Wilder’s girlfriend Telli Swift and their eight-month old daughter Kaorii.
The bout pits two very drastic styles with Wilder possessing the tremendous knockout power and Fury the size and unparalleled movement of such a large man.
“Fury has height just like me and he also brings an awkward style like myself. He’s rangy, mobile and he believes he’s the best in the world. You’ll get two giants who are athletic and move around the ring like no one else in this sport,” said Wilder.
Tickets for the event are on sale now and start at $75 and are available on AXS.com.