Deontay Wilder has inadvertently labeled Anthony Joshua the third best heavyweight in the world prior to his clash with Tyson Fury.
In calling the Fury fight ‘the biggest in boxing’, Wilder drops Joshua in behind despite holding four world titles.
After winning bronze at the 2008 Olympic Games, Wilder went on to knock out his first 32 professional opponents inside of four rounds. He earned a shot at WBC Heavyweight Champion Bermane Stiverne on Jan. 17, 2015.
The Tuscaloosa, Ala., native defeated Stiverne via near-shutout decision. He went the distance for the first time in his career to become America’s first heavyweight world champion since Shannon Briggs in 2007.
As WBC champion, Wilder has knocked out all seven of his world title challengers. This included a devastating first-round knockout of Stiverne in a 2017 rematch.
In his last fight, Wilder survived the toughest test of his career in undefeated top-five ranked world title challenger Luis Ortiz.
Wilder knocked out the Cuban slugger in a leading candidate for 2018 Fight of the Year.
In Fury, Wilder will face his second consecutive top-five heavyweight in what experts have set as the closest odds of his professional career.
“I can’t wait to fight Tyson Fury in the biggest fight in the heavyweight division and all of boxing,” said Wilder.
“I have tremendous respect for Fury for agreeing to leave England and come to the U.S. to challenge me.”
In a clear dig a current unified champion Anthony Joshua, Wilder puts the Briton behind himself and Fury: “I’m the WBC champion, he’s the lineal champion. The winner of this fight will show the world who is ‘The Man’ in the heavyweight division.
“As much as I respect Fury, I fear no man. And fully intend to knock him out like every man that I’ve ever faced in the ring,” he added.
Lee Zeidman, President, STAPLES Center, shared his delight at staging the fight.
“There is no better place in the world than STAPLES Center to have these two giant heavyweights. WBC champion Deontay Wilder and lineal champion Tyson Fury, clashing in an epic championship fight,” said Zeidman.
“This is the kind of match that will add to the rich tradition of Southland boxing and we are incredibly proud to host it.”
Wilder vs. Fury tests the raw power of Wilder against the unmatched size and mobility of Fury.
America’s only heavyweight champion since 2007, Wilder has 39 knockouts in 40 professional fights. This includes knockouts in all seven of his title defenses.
Fury is a former IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight world champion. Fury is undefeated in 27 professional fights and holds boxing’s coveted lineal heavyweight title.
Tickets for the event, which is promoted by BombZquad Enterprises and Queensberry Promotions, in association with DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions, are on sale now.
Tickets are priced starting at $75, plus applicable fees, and are available via AXS.com.