Former world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder spoke about the upcoming fight between WBO, WBA, IBO and IBF world heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk and WBC title holder Tyson Fury.
The American believes that in the Usyk-Fury fight, each of the boxers can win. In his opinion, the one who approaches him in the best shape will win the fight.
"To be honest, I don't know who will win this fight. Each of them can win. It's all about who feels better when the time comes. The main thing is how you feel when it's time for a fight. It's fair game for each of them. Everyone can win.
I'm just excited about this fight as I've finally gotten to the point where all the titles will be in the hands of one fighter. And I will also fight for all the titles. I won't need to run after different champions.
I shouldn't fight one and then try to take the belt from another and then from a third. I didn't get those opportunities, they kept running away from me, but now that there will be a fighter with all the belts, my chances will be higher," Wilder said on The Last Stand Podcast.
The Usyk-Fury fight will take place on February 17, 2024 in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia).
The winner of the Usyk-Fury fight will become the first undisputed world champion in the heavyweight division in the XXI century.
The last "absolute" in heavyweight was Lennox Lewis, who gained this status in 1999 when he defeated Evander Holyfield. At that time, the WBA, WBC and IBF titles were at stake. The WBO belt was recognized as equivalent in 2007, so the winner of the fight between Usyk and Fury will be the first ever "absolute" in the heavyweight division with four major titles.
Recall that Wilder himself will have his next fight on December 23 in Saudi Riyadh. The opponent of the "Bronze Bomber" will be another former world heavyweight champion, New Zealander Joseph Parker.
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