Deontay Wilder will put his WBC heavyweight title on the line against Manchester’s Tyson Fury on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in a replay of their epic split draw in December 2018.
The much-anticipated rematch of two unbeaten giants with 71 professional wins between them, the two best fighters today in boxing’s prestige division, has been called the most important heavyweight championship fight since the second meeting between Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield in 1999 – and this time the promotional bluster just might be true.
Here’s a look at how the two best fighters in boxing’s prestige division compare in five key categories.
Evidence of Wilder’s “Alabama country power”, as he’s termed it, can be plainly seen in a survey of his ledger, with all but two of the Olympic bronze medalist’s 43 professional victories ending inside the distance. He’s shown time and again that he is boxing’s most devastating puncher and is more than content to sit back and wait for an opening for his show-stopping right hand.
Fury, with 20 stoppages in 30 fights, is not a knockout merchant at the world-class level – with apologies to Tom Schwarz – but there’s underrated punching power at the foundation of his reputation as a slick and awkward boxer.