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Just saw the press conference and weigh-in. Should be a good one.
Boxing: All you need to know ahead of Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder III - fight start time, odds, how to watch in NZ, live streaming
10 Oct, 2021 06:30 AM

Insults and threats fly at the Fury and Wilder weigh-in. Video / SNTV via AP

All you need to know about the blockbuster heavyweight fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder.

What's going on?

Tyson Fury understands that the most memorable boxers are also talented promoters, and he has sold his heavyweight trilogy finale against Deontay Wilder with a showman's flair.

The unbeaten British champion has taunted and tweaked Wilder throughout the buildup to their climactic showdown for the WBC title in Las Vegas, usually doing it while shirtless in a bespoke suit jacket. Fury's confidence and charisma in the fighters' public meetings throughout the protracted process of getting to this weekend have convinced much of the boxing world they're about to see another crowning — and one more violent mauling.

"He's in denial and he's getting knocked out," Fury said. "His legacy is in bits. I knocked him out, and now I'm going to retire him."

Beneath Fury's promotional theatrics is an undercurrent of frustration, however.

Fury is weary of Wilder's bizarre antics and a bit annoyed by the boxing machinations that forced him into a third edition of a fight he feels he already won twice. Although Fury is confident in his superior skills, he realises Wilder's one-punch power is formidable, leaving him vulnerable to all of his hard work being erased in an instant.

And though Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) will make millions from this pay-per-view show at T-Mobile Arena on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip, Wilder's insistence on holding the rematch prevented Fury from getting the fight he really wanted against fellow British champion Anthony Joshua.

Fury also feels a certain amount of empathy because he believes Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) is going through some of the same mental health battles Fury fights every day, problems that threatened to derail his entire career heading into the first fight of this trilogy.

This highly entertaining matchup has already featured two dramatic endings, but Fury is determined to finish the whole thing with an authority that will stamp him as the most accomplished heavyweight of this era.

"We're expecting nothing less than a knockout," said Sugarhill Steward, Fury's trainer.

The rivalry began in late 2018 when Fury met Wilder at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The matchup was intriguing because of the contrast between Wilder's ferocious power and Fury's all-around skills, but Fury outboxed Wilder for long stretches and would have won by decision except for two knockdowns, including a 12th-round stunner that left Fury motionless on his back while Wilder celebrated an impossibly dramatic turn of events.

Fury somehow got up and reached the bell, and the judges' scorecards came back in a draw. Both fighters immediately looked toward a rematch, but boxing politics delayed it until early 2020.

Fury then utterly dominated the second bout, battering Wilder with his superior skill set until Wilder's corner threw in the towel in the seventh round in Las Vegas. It was only Fury's second stoppage victory since 2014, and it served as a culmination of Fury's evolution from a 6-foot-9 hulk into one of the most technically skilled heavyweights in recent memory.

Fury thought that beating settled the score, and while he doesn't mind the massive payday of this trilogy finale, the 33-year-old is wisely thinking about his legacy and the bouts he needs to secure it.

"I hope he brings a better fight, because the last fight was disappointing, to say the least," Fury said. "I trained for an absolute war, and it was a one-sided beatdown, so hopefully he can give me a challenge."

Wilder claims he has "nothing to prove" in the bout, even though he stubbornly exercised his rematch clause after his loss and persisted through an arbitration process that forced Fury to call off an already-announced showdown with Joshua in Saudi Arabia during the summer. The fight was initially scheduled for July before a Covid-19 outbreak in Fury's camp forced a three-month postponement into the heart of the busy fall combat-sports schedule.

Wilder has more to gain than Fury from this third meeting. The US star's loss to Fury was his first defeat since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and his petulant, occasionally deranged reaction to the loss has left all but his firmest supporters scratching their heads at his attitude.

But when the heavyweights meet again, Wilder will be one punch away from once again altering the course of two careers that will be forever linked by the type of fight series that rarely happens in the modern sport.

"I have nothing to lose and everything to gain," Wilder said. "Your legacy only dies when the desire for the sport dies. I'm well alive right now."

How do I watch it?

Fury v Wilder III is available to view via pay-per-view on Sky Arena and Sky Sport Now for $39.95. The Herald will be running a live blog to bring you the action.

Are there any other fights of note on the card?

It's an all-heavyweight main card, with undefeated duo Frank Sanchez (Cuba) and Efe Ajagba (Nigeria) battling for the WBC Continental Americas and WBO-NABO heavyweight titles in the pick of the rest.

Knockout merchants Robert Helenius (Finland) and Adam Kownacki (Poland) will also square off, with rising star Jared Anderson (USA) taking on Vladimir Tereshkin (Russia) to open the main card.

When is it all happening?

The card is set the get underway at approximately 2pm on Sunday, with Fury and Wilder expected to make their walks for the main event between 4pm and 5pm.

Tale of the tape: Fury | Wilder

Age: 33 | 35
Record: 30-0-1 | 42-1-1
Weight: 126kg | 108kg
Height: 208cm | 201cm
Reach: 216cm | 211cm
Stance: Orthodox | Orthodox
Wins via stoppage: 21 | 41
TAB odds: $1.30 | $3.25
Results from Las Vegas

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

In the opening bout from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Ukrainian heavyweight Viktor Vykhryst who is also known as Viktor Faust (8-0, 6 KOs) scored a third round stoppage over Mike Marshall (6-1-1, 4 KO’s). The Ukrainian snapped the jab from the start as Marshall’s head snapped back. Vykhryst dropped Marshall in rounds two and three, Marshall did not continue after getting up from the second knockdown with referee Robert Hoyle stopped the fight at 1:49 of the third.

Brooklyn’s Bruce Carrington (1-0) made his professional debut impressively winning a dominant unanimous decision over Cesar Cantu (3-3) in a scheduled four round featherweight bout. Carrington mixed it up teeing off Cantu in route to a decision win. All three judges scored 40-36.
Fury-Wilder PPV Undercard Results

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

In a heavyweight rematch, Robert Helenius (31-3, 19 KOs) of Finland proved the first time was not a fluke as he defeated Poland’s Adam Kownacki (20-2, 15 KOs) again. Helenius got to work right away pounding away on Kownacki as he backed him to the ropes in the opening round. The height and reach were obvious for Helenius as he connected with solid punches in round three and followed up with the uppercut. In the final seconds of the round, Kownacki landed a low blow. Kownacki’s face was a mess heading into the fourth, Helenius continued to box and pound away. The referee deducted a point from Kownacki in the fifth as the Nordic Nightmare continued to punish the Polish heavyweight. In round six, the referee decided to stop the fight at 2:38.

Heavyweight Jared “The Real Big Baby” Anderson (10-0, 10 KOs) stopped Vladamir Tereshkin (22-1-1, 12 KOs) in round two. It was a slow start as Anderson and Tereshkin measured with the jab. However, in the second round, Anderson cornered Tereshkin as he finished him off with a series of unanswered punches. referee Kenny Bayless stepped in to stop the fight at 2:51 of the second. Anderson wins the NABF heavyweight title.
The Sanchez fight was a snoozer.
WOW that was a throw back fight
Hats off to both - Wilder surprised me... that man has a chin and a half unfortunately his legs don't match his chin.
He thought he had Tyson in the end of round 10 and came alive but rd11 Tyson finished him...brave by both.
The natural fighter won - they are number 1 and 2 - Wilder crushes AJ
Fury KOs Wilder in classic

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

Undefeated WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs) scored a spectacular eleventh round knockout over former champ Deontay Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KOs) in their third fight on Saturday night at at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Fury dropped Wilder in round three. Wilder came back to drop Fury twice in round four. Both continued to try to land big shots as the bout progressed. Wilder hurt Wilder in round seven. Fury knocked down Wilder again in round ten, but Wilder rallied at the end of the round. Fury went for the finish in round eleven and battered Wilder to the canvas to end it. Time was 1:10.

Wilder started off aggressive going after Fury in the opening minute of the fight, Fury pawed with the jab measuring and connected with a solid right, Wilder attacked the body and cornered Fury, but the champ let his hands go. In round two, Fury connected with the right-hand multiple times sneaking in the one-two combo and tying up Wilder as he continued to back him to the ropes as well. Wilder pressed the issue in round three going after Fury, the champ however followed up with his attack connecting with a right followed by a uppercut sending Wilder to the canvas. In the fourth, Wilder returned the favor sending Fury to the canvas twice.

Wilder kept coming in the fifth attacking Fury with the solid right hand. In the sixth, Fury leaned up on Wilder staying inside attempting to tire him down but Wilder kept shooting away, the champ closed the round tying up and cornering Wilder. Staying close and tying up, Fury worked the inside in round seven and connected Wilder with a hard looping right and followed up with power punches inside as he was breaking down the Bronze Bomber. Wilder appeared to be fading into the eighth as Fury kept pressing and shooting the right hand connecting solidly.

Fury attacked from the start of the bell in round nine, Wilder did not have his power as Fury kept coming. Late in the fight in the tenth, Fury connected with a solid one-two cornering Wilder, later a short right dropped Wilder. The championship rounds, Fury kept his attack as he backed Wilder dropping him for a final time
A great, great fight. Hope AJ beats Usyk and then Fury/AJ.
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