Fury, Wilder set De­cem­ber date for world ti­tle fight

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TYSON FURY and Deon­tay Wilder have agreed a date for their highly an­tic­i­pated meet­ing and will con­test the WBC heavy­weight world ti­tle on De­cem­ber 1 in the US.

Fury first an­nounced he would take on Wilder, the de­fend­ing cham­pion, after the Bri­ton’s points vic­tory over Francesco Pianeta in Au­gust. Now the date has been set with a venue in Las Ve­gas.

The pro­mo­tional tour for the fight will be­gin in Lon­don on 1 Oc­to­ber, be­fore call­ing at New York and Los An­ge­les. The 32-year-old Wilder will have held the WBC ti­tle for al­most four years when he meets Fury, with both fight­ers boast­ing un­de­feated records. Fury has pre­vi­ously held the uni­fied WBA, WBO and IBO world ti­tles after beat­ing Wladimir Kl­itschko in Novem­ber 2015, but va­cated the belts a year later.

The bout with Wilder will be the third fight of Fury’s come­back after a two-and-a-hal­fyear ab­sence from the ring, but the 30-yearold was typ­i­cally bullish in a video up­loaded to In­sta­gram after the date was con­firmed. “Deon­tay Wilder, you are go­ing to get it and you are in big trou­ble,” he said. “I have never met a man I couldn’t beat in the box­ing ring or out­side on the street. I know you have got a big punch and I know you are un­beaten. I know you have got a big mouth and I know you want to win, but you don’t want it like I do. You can’t beat me. I will force my will upon you un­til you quit, and that is a prom­ise.”

Wilder was more mea­sured a video to his Twit­ter ac­count, say­ing: “I can’t wait. It is go­ing to be an ex­cit­ing fight, an ex­plo­sive fight, and one for the le­gacy.

“You’ve got the WBC heavy­weight cham­pion of the world ver­sus the lin­eal cham­pion. It is go­ing to be a plea­sure,” he added.

“The two best heavy­weights, com­pet­ing against each other, the best fight­ing the best, and giv­ing the peo­ple what they want. This is what we’re do­ing.” — Guardian Sport

Tyson Fury and Deon­tay Wilder

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