WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder says he’s visualized fighting Tyson Fury so often, that it will feel like cheating when the pair meet in Los Angeles on December 1.
American Wilder, 32, and Fury, 30, have agreed to the bout at Staples Center in Las Vegas.
A rampant promotional campaign has been under way for several weeks.
See Wilder’s latest outburst below:
Undefeated boxer Rohan Date notched up another win on his record after a devastating third-round knockout in London.
Date, who began his professional boxing career in Dubai two years ago, was victorious over Bulgaria’s Reyhan Todorov to add to his record of 5-0-1 with three knockout victories.
The Irishman, who turned pro in 2014 in the UAE, said after the fight “This is what I was made to do and chasing the dream of becoming the next Welterweight champion is worth any sacrifice.”
“My fight on Saturday was the beginning of ‘knock out season’ over the next few months. I am happy to have four KO’s on my undefeated record. I would love to bring professional boxing to Dubai and be able to fight in the city that jump started my career and a place I am proud to call home,” he continued.
The 25 year old is currently boxing in London but training in Dubai at the Real Boxing Only Gym. He’s a seven-time Irish national champion, World Golden Gloves champion (in Washington DC) 2013, and with close to 200 amateur fights, where he remained unbeaten.
Date is scheduled to fight again in December.
The 35-year-old Bellew has accepted his toughest fight, against undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk on November 10, and Usyk’s long-term training partner Vasyl Lomachenko – widely considered the pound-for-pound best boxer – is “convinced” he will continue to win.
Ukraine’s Usyk, 31, is already in contention to one day challenge Joshua, when even as one of the finest cruiserweights in history he will have to overcome potential physical disadvantages.
He is naturally, significantly smaller than Joshua, but his compatriot and lightweight Lomachenko believes his talent is such that even the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion is within his considerable reach.
Lomachenko joined Usyk at ringside at Wembley on Saturday to watch Joshua stop Alexander Povetkin, and he said: “Usyk can be very special, because he can beat Bellew and he can beat Joshua. It’s going to be a tough fight for both of them.
“(Joshua-Usyk) would be a very interesting fight for the fans, and for boxing. Even for me it would be very interesting. I’m convinced (he wins both), and he still has some way to go (before he shows how good he actually is).
“He has had a very good amateur schooling, and always takes fight preparations very seriously. Today he’s maybe too small, but in the next year he can gain mass and be exactly like these big guys.
“More opportunities have come for the Eastern fighters to show the west how good they are – that’s why we’re seeing this now.”
WBA champion Lomachenko is preparing to fight WBO lightweight title holder Jose Pedraza in New York on December 8.
He has previously been spoken of as a potential opponent for Britain’s Terry Flanagan, Anthony Crolla and Luke Campbell, but while he found Saturday’s occasion at Wembley to be impressive, there are presently no British fighters who tempt him.
“Why should they interest me, for me to fight them?” said the 30-year-old. “They’re not the champions. If they’re going to be the best ones one day I’d be interested to fight. I want champions, guys who have belts, and to unify titles.
“Of course, I’d like to fight some day in such a big arena. I’d never been – this was my first time I came to a show like that. I saw so many people, so many fans, and the atmosphere was very good.”
Asked of the prospect of one day following Usyk, who has signed with Matchroom, in working with a British promoter, he responded: “It depends on what kind of numbers we’re going to be talking.”