The final countdown has begun as Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury enter the final stages of their preparations for a December 1 super-showdown.
Wilder, undefeated in 40 fights with 39 KO’s, puts his WBC heavyweight title on the line at the world-famous Staples Center in Los Angeles. Check out how each fighter compares going into the fight with this infographic that we got from our friends at Betopin.com
Fury, who also brings a perfect record to the table, bids to claim the only world title belt to elude him following his 2015 dethroning of Wladimir Klitschko.
Both men have knuckled down for a prolonged camp, with Wilder training with long-time friend, co-manager and coach Jay Deas.
‘The Bronze Bomber’ is feeling in peak condition with the number of days until fight night now in single figures.
“I’m excited for December 1, it’s been a long time coming. Now we’re finally here. The countdown begins,” said Wilder.
“One thing about getting into camp, having great sparring partners to come and give you a visual of your opponent and you break your body down through strength training and gym work and then it comes that point in time where you feel like all that hasn’t gone in vain.
“The time is here, the time is now. I feel great. I feel wonderful. This has been an amazing camp for me.
“The guys that we have chosen to come into this camp have given me great looks. I’m definitely over-prepared for this fight.
“When I get into a camp I’m already in shape when I go and most people know that about me, so when it’s time, I’m ready. With this fight, it means everything to me.
“This is my time to shine. This is my coming-out party. Somewhere I was supposed to have been a long time ago due to different difficulties and different things up in the sport and in my life that made me not to have such things.
“But we can’t talk about the past because it’s now. This is the future. This is the present and I can’t wait.
“It’s going to be an amazing fight while it lasts. You know what I do so you know what I come to do. Those that have been waiting to see a body on the canvas to get knocked out and this is their first fight, they’re in for a treat.
“They’ll definitely beg to see another one again. Heavyweight boxing is so exciting at this point in time; it’s on fire. I’m just so excited to be a part of the movement and I’m proud to be a part of this heavyweight division and be at the top of the podium as one of the kings of the division.”
Challenger Fury began his US adventure at Big Bear training alongside Joe Joyce at high altitude before switching to Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym in California.
“About three weeks ago (we went to the Wild Card). We always planned to move. Big Bear was altitude training. We had three and a half weeks in Big Bear. It was very good. I loved every minute of it. But we moved down to sea level to train for the fight,” said Fury.
Addressing rumors he knocked out Joyce and that this was one of the reasons why he left the Big Bear Gym, Fury added: “There’s no truth in it and it’s got nothing to do with why I left. It was always planned to leave.
Continuing on fighting at the Staples, ‘The Gypsy King’ said: “The location is fantastic. To be in America, boxing on U.S. PPV, boxing in Los Angeles – it’s a fantastic place.
“I’m happy to be a part of such a massive event. I’m sure it’s going to go down in American boxing history.
“It’s the first time you’ve got two unbeaten world heavyweight champions — both giants, both have got big points to prove — fighting each other. I’m as excited as a boxing fan.
“All training comes from the same whether I’m training for Francesco Pianeta, Wladimir Klitschko, Deontay Wilder or anybody, they’re all the same. You just train, eat, sleep, repeat for a long period of time and that’s it.
“The only thing that might change is the size of the sparring partners. The only thing that will change in the training camp ever is the size of the sparring partners, that’s it.
“I just do what I do and that’s it. I don’t really care what Deontay Wilder is going to bring to the table. As long as I do what I do best, I’m not really bothered by anything he does. I just hope he comes to fight, so that’s what I’m hoping for,” he stated.
Wilder v Fury forms part of a massive Showtime Pay-Per-View card and features a host of top fights in accompaniment.