Fury Vs Wilder: Tyson Fury's Fightback From The Brink To World Championship Shot

You've probably heard, but there is a boxing match taking place tonight that is kind of a big deal - Tyson Fury is taking on Deontay Wilder in Los Angeles in a WBC Heavyweight title fight.

Obviously, because the hype surrounding the fight has been rumbling on for so long now, we've become accustomed to the two fighters and the belief they both have that they are the best.

However, when you step back for a second, it's actually pretty damn strange that the fight is even taking place at all. It's only a matter of months since Tyson Fury was banned and said that he might never box again.

Two fights on from then - despite not having fought anyone of note, with all due respect to Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta - and Fury is ready for his first tilt at the big time since he defeated Wladimir Klitschko to become WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO, and The Ring heavyweight champion.

Tyson Fury faces the fight of his life against Deontay Wilder. Credit: PA
Tyson Fury faces the fight of his life against Deontay Wilder. Credit: PA

The 30-year-old has had to work hard to get to where he is. He's lost the best part of ten stone to reach his fighting weight. He's also battled depression, alcohol and substance misuse, and - by his own admission - suicidal thoughts.

What remains to be seen is if he can recall the swagger, discipline, and movement that made him the champ first time around. Deontay 'The Bronze Bomber' Wilder isn't like anyone he has fought for a long time, perhaps even ever before.

If Fury gets hit, he'll know about it. Wilder has won 39 of his 40 unbeaten fights by knockout. However, as far as the craft of boxing goes, there aren't many better than Tyson Fury.

Wilder and Fury have clashed at the pre-fight engagements. Credit: PA
Wilder and Fury have clashed at the pre-fight engagements. Credit: PA

He can switch styles between orthodox and south paw, he gets out of the way of punches like a man of his size shouldn't be able to. When he fought Klitschko, he danced around him and goaded his opponent into shots that he couldn't land.

Wilder will represent a different challenge, for sure, but if Fury is - like he predictably says - back to full strength and ready for a scrap, then he's got a decent chance of upsetting the American crowd.

If he isn't, and he tires down the stretch, Wilder will surely pick him off. Even if that happens, Fury has completed a remarkable journey to get back to the top of the sport. The question now is whether he can go one further and win.

It would be typical of the man.

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a freelance journalist and LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. He has previously written for the M.E.N Group as well as working for several top professional sports clubs. Contact him on [email protected]

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