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The fight between two previously undefeated opponents in Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder was billed as one where “somebody’s ‘0’ has got to go”, but it turned to be anything but, ending in a controversial but fitting draw.
Somebody’s ‘0’ has got to go when unbeaten heavyweights Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury fight for the WBC world heavyweight title in Los Angeles. Join The Roar from 1pm (AEDT) for live fight coverage and debate in our blog.
Wilder is the defending champion and has a spectacular KO record, with 39 of his 40 career victories coming inside the distance.
The 33-year-old American is known as “The Bronze Bomber” and his average bout lasts just over three rounds.
The only time he was taken the full distance was when he won the WBC world title via a unanimous decision over fellow American Bermane Stiverne in 2015.
Since then, he’s defended his belt seven times, including knocking Stiverne out in the first round in their rematch in 2017.
Wilder is aggressive but fights with a high-risk style. When he’s on the attack, he lives up to his name by swinging wildly and his defence goes out the window.
Prior to turning pro, he won a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
This bout will be one of the first times that the six-foot-seven Wilder is facing an opponent who’ll have a height and reach advantage. Fury is a six-foot-nine English colossus and former WBO, WBA and IBF world champion.
Fury famously dethroned legendary Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko in Germany in 2015 before later being stripped of his titles for failing to defend them.
The now 30-year old Englishman was under investigation for doping when he was stripped of his belts. He was also ruled medically unfit to fight at the time, citing depression.
Fury was later suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control for doping, but that ban expired in December 2017.
Since then, he’s had two comeback bouts for two wins, including one stoppage. His career KO percentage is 70 per cent.
The winner of this bout will set up a lucrative potential 2019 payday with England’s unbeaten Anthony Joshua (22-0), who holds every other world heavyweight belt except the WBC strap.
Joshua is a devastating puncher like Wilder, with 21 career KOs.
Wilder will start today’s bout as the favourite, but if Fury enters the ring physically and mentally fit, anything could happen.
Time: From 1pm AEDT, Sunday 2 December
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles
TV: Live pay-per-view on Main Event
Fight Records: Wilder 40-0, Fury 27-0
Betting: Wilder $1.50, Fury $2.47