The biggest fight remaining on the calendar this year and one of the biggest fights in recent memory is taking place this Saturday, December 1, when WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) takes on lineal champion Tyson Fury (27-0, 19 KOs).
Over the past few years, the little man has ruled the sport of boxing.
Every single one of those bouts was and will be significant. However, make no mistake about it, the big man has and always will rule over boxing. What we have this Saturday will prove just that.
Wilder has knocked out every single person he has stepped inside the ring with. Although his punching power has been praised profusely, his level of opposition has been questionable.
In Wilder’s last bout he did manage to close the mouths of many of his critics as he was able to knock out the previously undefeated and extremely dangerous Luis Ortiz.
This Saturday however will be arguably his toughest test yet as he will be taking on lineal champion, Tyson Fury. The man who defeated long reigning champion, Wladimir Klitschko.
This matchup was never supposed to happen. At least not so soon.
Fury not only battled serious mental issues, but he was always seemingly on a collision course with current unified champion Anthony Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs). Wilder has always been vocal about getting in the ring with Joshua as well.
So how did we get here?
Fury, to his credit, actually reached out to Wilder in order to make this fight a reality. A few short weeks of negotiations and here we are ladies and gentlemen.
This bout will answer many questions about these two fighters. Will Wilder do what he has always done and remove the judges from the fight by ending it in a knockout?
Or will Fury employ the same tactics that he used in the Klitschko fight and box his way to a decision? All of these questions will be answered Saturday night.
Canelo Alvarez is the face of boxing and rightfully so. Floyd might steal headlines from time to time. Both Errol Spence and Terence Crawford continue to put on great fights for the fans.
But this weekend they will all take a backseat.
Come this Saturday night the entire boxing world will be fixated on the big men. That’s exactly how it should be.