Hold on to your hats, because two of boxing’s most colourful, controversial and colossal heavyweights are ready to battle it out once more
By Virgin TV Edit
Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will complete a trilogy of blockbuster fights when they square off at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada on Saturday 9 October – and if their previous two bouts are anything to go by, it should be a cracker.
Want to know more about this super showdown? Then let us bring you bang up to speed by answering the big questions…
Why should I watch this fight?
Because two of the very, very best heavyweights on the planet are about to bring the curtain down on one of the most entertaining series of fights in boxing’s recent history.
What happened in their previous bouts?
Drama, dazzling action, devastating blows… you name it. Their first dust-up in December 2018 ended in a controversial draw, before Fury defeated Wilder by TKO when they slugged it out again in February 2020 (Wilder’s first ever professional defeat). Both fights captivated the sporting world – and this latest clash will be no different.
This third showdown has been a long time coming, right?
It certainly has. Following their second bout, Fury’s team insisted a rematch clause had expired, but Wilder’s camp was having none of it. In stepped an arbitration judge to sort the whole thing out. It was eventually decided a third fight would take place at the end of July 2021, except those plans were torn up when Fury contracted COVID-19. Cue more negotiations, before a date of 9 October was finally agreed. This boxing malarkey can be a complicated business sometimes.
Which belts are on the line?
Both of Fury’s championships (the WBC and The Ring heavyweight titles) will be up for grabs when these two juggernauts go head to head.
Who’s the favourite?
How long is a piece of string? Fury heads into the contest as the marginal favourite due to his victory over Wilder last time out. Not that Anthony Joshua thinks so…
What’s he had to say about the fight?
Joshua believes Deontay Wilder will get the better of Fury. “Let’s go with Wilder because he seems obsessed, like he really wants it,” he says. “A focused man is a dangerous man, and he’s focused. Wilder might get the decision. Actually, no... it has to be a knockout. One of them will knock the other out.”
Is Fury v Joshua still a possibility?
Here’s where things get a little complicated. Following his recent loss to Oleksandr Usyk, Anthony Joshua confirmed he will face the Ukrainian in a rematch. Should he get his titles back and Fury defeats Wilder, a unification bout would be on the cards. Should Joshua lose again to Usyk, chances of a fight between the Brits gets much, much slimmer. Then you’ve got Dillian Whyte, who is likely to want a piece of whoever wins the Fury v Wilder fight. Our advice is: don’t hold your breath.
Who’s on the undercard?
There’s plenty of talent also on the bill, with Frank Sanchez defending his WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title against Efe Ajagba, Robert Helenius taking on Adam Kownacki and Jared Anderson fighting Vladimir Tereshkin.
Ahead of their big showdown, see how Fury and Wilder measure up…
When is Fury v Wilder on TV?
This huge night of action starts at 12 midnight on Saturday 9 October (early Sunday morning) on BT Sport Box Office. It is available to order now and costs £24.95 (HD only).
How can I order the fight?
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