Fury has returned and following vast improvement seems to have retained all his ability despite his lengthy inactivity. Following his victory recently in Belfast against Francesco Pianeta it set up a clash against the long standing WBC heavyweight Champion Wilder as he watched ring side with many punters getting involved via bookmakers.tv. They have had a long standing feud and it sets up for one of the most exciting match ups that can be made in the division. The general betting has Wilder just edging it at a shade of odds on with the bout expected to take place over in the states. So what are the credentials of each fighter heading in?
Wilder has held his title since 2015 and has continued to remain active since then defending the belt on seven occasions. His record speaks for itself at 40-0 with 39 KO’S and he has also finished every fighter he has ever faced having knocked out Stiverne in their second contest following a point’s victory to take the belt. The ‘Bronze bomber’ is widely regarded as the biggest puncher in boxing and with a knock out ratio of 98% who is to argue. To further back up his claims he is a two time winner of the Premier boxing Champions Knockout of the year award in 2016 and 2017.
His last victory against the extremely talented and experienced Luis Ortiz was his first top calibre opponent in which he showed his will to win having looked in big trouble throughout the fight. He now stands as the 15th longest reigning World Heavyweight Champion of all time as he looks to get his hands on the rest of the belts. Wilder was set to face Joshua but the deal fell through but the winner of the upcoming contest will be on a collision course with the multiple champion as they all look to unify the division for the first time since Lennox Lewis in 1999.
Fury on the other hand is a bit of an enigma as his highly unorthodox style has caused problems for all his opponents and was part of the reason behind his incredible victory against long standing Champion Wladamir Klitschko. This victory back in 2015 shocked the boxing World as he dethroned the long reigning Champion in his back yard. This established Fury has the leading fighter in the division and he has still yet to face defeat so is the lineal unified Champion.
At just 30 years of age he is now entering his best years so still has a vast amount to give in boxing so it is certainly exciting times ahead. His record now stands at 27 victories with 19 KO’s. His return has been long awaited from the boxing public following his struggles outside of the ring which also led to him being stripped of his titles. However, it has now led him to a collision course with Wilder.
Both fighters are renowned for their brash talking personalities so the build-up for the fight is set to be box office with the fight so close to call with two of the top fighters in the division. There is no doubt the winner will then fight Joshua for all the belts in 2019.