Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder are set for their epic trilogy bout in Las Vegas

WBC world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury will defend the title against former champion Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas this weekend.

By Stone Lexington

Updated: Oct. 6, 2021 • 9:35 PM ET

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Of every man former heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder has faced in his career, he has beaten all of them except one — Current WBC world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. Wilder, the man who Fury took that belt from, will get a chance to change that narrative this weekend at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

 

In the second and most recent meeting between the two fighters in February of last year, Fury dominated Wilder en route to a seventh-round TKO victory that was a bit surprising considering how the first bout went. The British technician dropped Wilder twice in the fight and stopped him with a barrage of brutal shots in the seventh round at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, taking the WBC belt in the process.

 

The first highly anticipated meeting came in December 2018, ending in a controversial split draw. It looked like Wilder was going to win the bout in the 12th round when he dropped Fury for a second time in the fight with a devastating blow, but Fury somehow rose to his feet at the last second and composed himself to finish the bout.

On Saturday, the score may be settled once and for all.

Fury (30-0-1) outweighed Wilder (42-1-1) by 42 pounds in the second fight, and the scale shouldn’t read much differently this weekend. With plenty of power behind his effective jab, Fury’s game plan to outbox the power puncher shouldn’t change much either. Wilder, however, has offered several reasons as to why the second fight went so differently than the first, including a suit that was too heavy as he entered the ring and his own trainer throwing in the towel to early.

 

The proverbial towel was nearly thrown in on the third fight, as Fury and former champion Anthony Joshua were set to compete in a bout in August. However, in May, an arbitrator ruled in Wilder’s favor that he could enforce his rematch clause with Fury. Nevertheless, after Joshua’s title loss to Oleksandr Usyk last month, the heavyweight division has been thrown into chaos.

It’s difficult to predict who the winner of Saturday’s bout would face next, but boxing fans will certainly be watching with bated breath.

 

 

• The main card can be seen on ESPN+ and the Fox Sports app at 9 p.m. this Saturday

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