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Tyson Fury defends his WBC heavyweight boxing crown on Sunday when he faces Deontay Wilder for the third — and probably last — rate of a terrible three-year rivalry.

A convoluted structure marked by bitter legal quarrels, a Covid-19 outburst and gang-like accusations of cheating comes to mind as Fury and Wilder climb through the ropes at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

If their ill-tempered final press conference is any guide, the stage is set for yet another explosive competition between the undefeated Fury, the self-styled “Gypsy King” from the UK, and Wilder, the hard-hitting “Bronze Bomber” from Alabama.

It will be a showdown with both weighing the heaviest into their careers, with Wilder in particular making an epic transformation.

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WHAT THEY SAID

Wilder told TMZ Sports that he is going to beat Fury in three rounds.

“Let it be up to my coaches, they believe in five and under,” Wilder said.

“I go with three, less than three.”

In response, Fury struck back: “Ya little b *** h. Turn up and fight. Get me knocked out in three rounds, little heck. How about that for a message? ”

British boxer Tyson Fury (L) and challenger American boxer Deontay Wilder attend a press conference for their WBC heavyweight championship fight, 6.  October 2021. Photo: AFP
British boxer Tyson Fury (L) and challenger American boxer Deontay Wilder attend a press conference for their WBC heavyweight championship fight, 6. October 2021. Photo: AFPSource: AFP

But their ardent exchanges fell further earlier in the week, with Wilder accusing his opponent of illegally tampering with his gloves after he stopped him in the pair’s rematch and stands by that claim.

“I do not regret it,” he said at Thursday’s press conference.

“I go to my grave and believe in what I believe in. We can believe what we want. But the eyes do not lie. It made me even hungrier than before. ”

Fury, of course, had none of that.

“He accused me of everything,” he shot back.

“Maybe he would have come out with an apology, it would have been credible. I knocked him out of the ring for the first time in three years.

“I absolutely wiped him out in the second match. I hope you have your apology book, dossers. ”

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THIRD TIME LUCKY?

Fury is the heavy favorite according to the bookmaker.

According to TAB, Fury is the $ 1.32 favorite, with Wilder paying $ 3.30.

But some scientists believe the battle will be closer than many predict.

Mike Tyson, Heavyweight Icon: “You know, Deontay Wilder has nothing to be sorry about or nothing to complain about, he’s fought big fights … I just think Tyson Fury has his number.”

Oleksandr Usyk, WBA, IBF and WBO champion: “I do not think so much about who wins. It’s going to be a good fight. Do not write off Deontay Wilder as he always has knockout strokes. I’m not good at predicting. The only prediction I give you is that I’ll have a great dinner tonight. ”

Anthony Joshua, former WBA, IBF and WBO champion: “I am not too embarrassed. Look, because you asked the question, let’s go with Wilder, because he seems obsessed, as if he really wants it. He seems really focused on the task ahead, so you know a focused man is a dangerous man and he is focused. Wilder might get the decision. In fact, no, it has to be a knockout. ”

Tyson Fury beats Deontay Wilder under his heavyweight title winner on February 22, 2020 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: AFPSource: AFP

THE RECORDINGS

Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) enters the third match coming from an impressive seventh round TKO of Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) in February last year in a much expected heavyweight shock. Fury dominated the match from start to finish as he handed Wilder the first loss of his professional career in a dominant way.

BIOS

Tyson Fury

Nationality: British

Born: August 12, 1988

Height: 6-9

Reach: 85 inches

Total matches: 31

Record: 30-0-1 with 21 knockouts

Deontay Wilder

Nationality: American

Born: October 22, 1985

Height: 6-7

Reach: 83 inches

Total matches: 44

Record: 42-1-1 with 41 knockouts

FULL-IN-RESULTS

Tyson Fury (277 lbs) vs Deontay Wilder (238 lbs), WBC Heavyweight Championship

Frank Sanchez (240 pounds) against Efe Ajagba (237 pounds), heavyweights

Adam Kownacki (258 pounds) against Robert Helenius (246 pounds), heavyweights

Jared Anderson (240 pounds) against Vladimir Tereshkin (256 pounds), heavyweights

HOW TO SEE

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PLAYGROUND

Fury vs Wilder 3 takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Wilder returns to “The Capital of Fighting in the World” for the sixth time. The rematch will be Fury’s fourth consecutive match in the gambling mecca.

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