By Cameron Buford, whatsgoodinsports.com

The date has been set for the third match-up for the titans of the Heavyweight Division to settle the score for their rubber match. As each fighter has staked a claim for the baddest man on the planet, only one man can wear that crown. Currently speaking that man is Tyson Fury, yet Deontay Wilder to reclaim the mantra. 

On Saturday, July 24, these two Heavyweights will square off, for the third time, for the WBC World Championship Belt. “The Gypsy King” Tyson Fury will put his title on the line against former longtime Champion “The Bronze Bomber” Deontay Wilder. This fight will be broadcasted live on pay-per-view at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.   

In their initial press conference, as one may have expected, Tyson Fury had much more to say than Deontay Wilder who didn’t have much to say about anything and appeared uninterested in even being at the press conference. As he wore headphones during most of the press conference ignoring most people who tried to speak. Yet, he did briefly address the media in attendance when he said this, “Nothing has changed. It’s still one face, one name, one champion – Deontay Wilder. I’m in the best shape of my life. July 24, I’m going to show the people why I’m still the baddest man on the planet.”

WBO World Champion Tyson Fury, on the other hand, had plenty to say as you might’ve imagined, “I’m excited to once again be fighting in Las Vegas, the home of The Gypsy King,” Fury said. “For the last 18 months, I’ve been living rent-free in Wilder’s head. He got smashed to pieces in our last fight, and for some reason, he wants it again. Let’s go. The Big Dosser is getting knocked spark out.”

2008 U.S. Olympic bronze medalist Deontay Wilder (42-1, 41 KOs), and Tuscaloosa, Alabama native first won the heavyweight title in January 2015. Since then, he’s reinvigorated the heavyweight division and captivated fans with his soul-taking power. Wilder holds the largest knockout ratio of more than 93 percent of any heavyweight champion, past or present. 

Manchester, England Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs), has held the lineal heavyweight crown since dethroning Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015. His inspirational comeback from substance abuse and mental health issues has been noteworthy as has his two fights against Wilder which propelled him back to the top of the heavyweight list for fans and prognosticators.  

These two fought to a draw in 2018, with Fury rising off the deck in the climactic 12th round. Fury dismantled Wilder with a seventh-round knockout of their 2020 rematch. Wilder essentially forced this rematch, and it’s going to be interesting to see how this rubber match plays itself out.  

Tickets are on sale as of June 15 at noon PST and can be purchased at www.t-mobilearena.com or www.axs.com. The event is promoted by Top Rank, BombZquad Promotions, TGB Promotions, and Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions. A Premier Boxing Champions presentation. 

I am eager to see how Wilder shows up for this fight. The only way I see him winning this fight is, if Fury has not, does not, and is not taking him seriously. His history proves he’s capable of not being fully prepared for this fight yet how does Wilder rebound from the whopping he took the last time these guys were in the ring together. Feel free to reach out to me on Twitter @whatsgoodnsport to let me know what you think of this fight and who you guys have winning this third fight between these champions. Also, forward any suggestions on what additional topics or angles you’d like to see discussed to info@whatsgoodinsports.com. 

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