The weekend has finally arrived, after all the medical issues, legal issues, and other drama. The time has finally arrived. It’s Fury-Wilder III fight week for the lineal and WBC heavyweight title.
The action all goes down in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the T-Mobile Arena. Heavyweight champ Tyson Fury and former WBC heavyweight titleholder Deontay Wilder each step into the ring for the first time in over a year and a half. In the same city where Fury disposed of Wilder over seven one-sided rounds. Fury sports a 30-0-1 (21) record, he is a two-time heavyweight titleholder, who despite having held world titles for nearly three years, has never defended any of his titles. He originally vacated the belts he won from outclassing Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, Fury vacated the WBA and WBO belts amid doping allegations, later in the year the IBF stripped him of his other major belt for inactivity. He returned to the ring in the summer of 2018 and scored two impressive victories but over limited opposition before challenging Wilder for the WBC belt in December of 2018 and having to settle for a very disputed draw. He won two fights in 2019 before destroying Wilder in the 2020 rematch. Wilder, the former champ, touts a 42-1-1 (41) record and is looking to avenge the only defeat of his career. He also has not stepped foot in the ring since the 2020 rematch. Prior to the rematch Wiler also fought twice in 2020, defending his belts successfully against Dominic Breazeale via first-round KO and then stopping Lusi Ortis with a single shot in the seventh round.
The undercard is loaded with excellent heavyweight action. Adam Kownacki tries to exact revenge on the man that gave him his first career loss when he steps in the ring with Robert Helenius. Helenius 30-3 (19) shocked Kownackiat the Barclay’s Center in March of 2020 via fourth-round TKO. Neither man has fought since their epic first battle. Efe Ajagba of Nigeria battles Cuban sensation, Frank Sanchez, in a battle of unbeaten heavyweights. Sanchez last fought on the Canelo-Saunders undercard in May. Sanchez, 18-0 (13), scored an odd TD victory when opponent Nagy Aguilera could no longer continue. Ajagba disposed of Brian Howard in Tulsa, Oklahoma back in April to move his record to 15-0 (12).
The card also features highly touted amateur standout and two-time Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Ramírez of Cuba who sports a 7-1 (4) record and has won seven straight since his shocking loss to Adan Gonzalez in 2019. Ramirez beat Shakur Stevenson in the Gold medal round in 2016 and in 2012 beat Andrew Selby, Mick Conlan, and Tugstsogt Nyambayar on his way to the 2012 gold medal. He battles Orlando Gonzalez, 17-0 (10) of Puerto Rico. Gonzalez last fought against veteran Tony Lopez of Fort Worth, Texas in his last outing this past April.
The card also features the much anticipated professional debut of American amateur superstar “Shu Shu” Bruce Carrington of Brooklyn New York, he will have his hands full in a tougher than usual pro debut against 2-1 Cesar Cantu of Weslaco, Texas.
The weekend’s other card takes place in Liverpool, England as Liam Smith battles Anthony Fowler. Smith 29-3-1 (16) looks to bounce back in his homecoming fight, from a very close and competitive loss to upstart Russian contender Magomed Kurbanov. A fight that Kurbanov carried via close decision back in May. Fowler 15-1 (2), has won six straight fights since his lone career defeat to Scott Fitzgerald in 2019. Back in July Fowler, scored his most recent victory, an eighth-round TKO over Rico Mueller of Brandenburg, Germany. The co-main event.
In the co-main event, Ted Cheeseman puts his British Super welterweight title on the line against Troy Williamson. Cheeseman has scored two impressive victories, since his narrow loss to Kieron Conway, he outpointed the rugged Sam Eggington and then stopped James Metcalf in March. Williamson, 16-0-1, won his last outing in impressive fashion by stopping Kieran Smith in six-rounds back in April.
Also on the card is the return of Kieron Conway who looks to bounce back from his thrilling loss on the Canelo-Saunders card to Souleymane Cissokho. Conway, 16-2-1(3), battles James Metcalf, 21-1(13) who also looks to bounce back from a loss, Metcalf suffered his first career loss to Ted Cheeseman back in March.