Deon­tay Wilder v Tyson Fury

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JUST THREE BOUTS INTO HIS COME­BACK,

Bri­tish boxer Tyson Fury could be­come heavy­weight cham­pion of the world once again when he chal­lenges Amer­i­can Deon­tay Wilder for his WBC belt in Los Angeles on Satur­day.

Fury won the IBF, WBA and WBO ti­tles in 2015 by de­feat­ing Wladimir Kl­itschko, but then spent two and a half years out of the ring – los­ing his ti­tles – when he was sus­pended over ‘anti-dop­ing and med­i­cal is­sues’.

The 30-year-old re­turned to ac­tion this year with wins over Se­fer Se­feri and Francesco Pianeta. But is he ready to take on the for­mi­da­ble Wilder? We asked Frank War­ren, who is pro­mot­ing the bout, for his pre­dic­tion…

THE CHAL­LENGER

‘With just two fights un­der his belt, Tyson Fury hasn’t re­ally been tested on his come­back, but his real test was to get back to where he is now. Re­mem­ber, not so long ago he was in the depths of de­spair, and eight stone heav­ier than he is now. He was in a hor­ri­ble place, so to get to where he is now makes him a win­ner.

‘As a boxer, Tyson is the com­plete pack­age. His main weak­ness is his in­ac­tiv­ity, but he has a great box­ing brain, with good speed and foot­work and can switch from south­paw to ortho­dox.’

THE CHAM­PION

‘Like Tyson, Deon­tay Wilder is un­de­feated. He’s known for his punch­ing power, hav­ing fin­ished 39 of his 40 fights in­side the dis­tance – with 19 knock­outs in the first round. He’s held the WBC ti­tle since 2015, but he will have to be at his best against Tyson.

‘The Amer­i­can has home ad­van­tage, but I don’t think that will faze Tyson, who went to Ger­many and did a job on Wladimir Kl­itschko in his back­yard.’

‘There is a lot of tal­ent in the di­vi­sion right now – with Bri­tish fight­ers like An­thony Joshua and Dil­lian Whyte – but what hap­pens next de­pends on what we see on Satur­day… ’

TYSON FURY IN AC­TION

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