The WBC Heavyweight title will be on the line Dec. 1 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. That is when the reigning WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder of the United States will fight Tyson Fury of Great Britain (Tickets). Both boxers are undefeated as a professional, as Wilder is 40-0 and Fury is 27-0. Wilder and Fury have also displayed an outstanding knockout punch as 39 of Wilder's 40 wins and 19 of Fury's 27 wins have come via knockout. On Oct. 3, Wilder and Fury had a press conference in Los Angeles. This came after the two boxers clashed during a press conference in New York.
Wilder has been the WBC heavyweight champion since Jan. 17, 2015, when he beat Bermane Stiverne of Canada in the 12th round in a unanimous decision. Since then, Wilder has successfully won seven title defenses including a second victory over Stiverne, wins over American boxers Eric Molina, Chris Arreola, Gerald Washington, French boxer Johann Duhaupas, Polish boxer Artur Szpilka and Cuban boxer Luis Ortiz. This will be the first time Wilder will have a title defense at the Staples Center, as until now three title defenses have come at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and the other three at the Legacy Arena in his home state of Alabama.
Fury meanwhile will be a very formidable opponent to Wilder. In 2015, Fury became the IBF, WBO, WBA, and IBF heavyweight title when he defeated Ukrainian boxing legend Wladimir Klitschko. Fury, however, was unable to keep his titles because he could not come to terms and fight the mandatory challenger, Vyacheslav Glazkov, at the time.
Wilder's nickname is the "Bronze Bomber". That is because he won the bronze medal in heavyweight boxing for the United States at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Get your Tickets to see this outstanding heavyweight bout at the Staples Center today!