Tyson Fury takes on Deontay Wilder in one of the most hotly-anticipated boxing fights of the year this weekend in Los Angeles.
Both boxers will be hoping a win can get them a title shot against unified World Champion Anthony Joshua in the not too distant future.
In the build-up to this encounter, we take a look back at some of the fights which have paved the way for this epic fight to take place.
v Vladimir Klitschko – November 28, 2015
This is THE fight which put ‘The Gypsy King’ well and truly on the map as he defied the odds to become the world heavyweight champion and inflict a first defeat in 11 years on ‘Dr Steelhammer’.
Fury’s unorthodox approach caused the Ukrainian a number of issues throughout the fight and he simply could not get to grips with the Briton as Fury picked up a unanimous victory on the scorecards 115-112, 115-112, 116-11.
v Dereck Chisora – November 29, 2014
Many would say this is Fury’s best performance of his career.
Having already outpointed Chisora in 2011, Fury won the British and European heavyweight titles with a 10th round retirement for his fellow Brit.
Fury dominated from the off before Chisora was pulled out by his corner at the start of the 11th round, earning him a mandatory fight against Klitschko.
v Steve Cunningham – 20 April, 2013
Another classic fight – Fury recovered from being floored in the second round to take the victory against a 36-year-old Steve Cunningham in New York.
After the second-round knockdown, Fury regrouped and made the most of his size advantage before knocking the American out in the seventh round.
v Neven Pajkic, November 12, 2011
Fury recovered from his first ever knockdown in his professional career, once again in the second round, to emerge victorious back in 2011.
The speed in which ‘The Gypsy King’ regrouped was phenomenal and he went on to record a third-round stoppage over the Canadian, flooring him twice on his way to retaining his Commonwealth heavyweight title.
v John McDermott, June 26, 2010
This was the pair’s second fight after the first ended in controversy over the scoring from referee Terry O’Connor.
This time round there was no stopping the Manchester boxer who extended his unbeaten record to 11 contests in the process after flooring McDermott on three occasions before the contest was stopped in the ninth round.
v Luis Ortiz, March 3, 2018
Wilder defied the odds to pick up his most memorable victory in this contest. ‘The Bronze Bomber’ had a tough seventh round and he looked in serious trouble and eyeing a first defeat as a professional boxer.
Having survived the scare, Wilder hurt Ortiz at the end of the ninth round, before unloading on his opponent and dropping him twice before the bout was halted in the 10th round.
v Bermane Stiverne, 17 January, 2015
This was the only occasion Wilder has had to go the distance in his career, but he proved he had the stamina by securing a unanimous 118-109, 119-108 and 120-107 victory over his fellow American.
Wilder dominated from the off and produced a classy display as he effectively won every round to secure the WBC heavyweight title.
v Gerald Washington, February 25, 2017
Wilder may have won this fight by TKO in round five, but Gerald Washington came out and started strongly.
That resistance ended in the fifth round though and after flooring him once, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ went back on the attack and forced referee Michael Griffin to stop the fight.
v Bermane Stiverne II, November 5, 2018
Wilder completed outclassed Stiverne in this their second contest and knocked him down three times in the opening round before the referee stepped in to stop the fight with a second left on the clock.
v Artur Szpilka, January 16, 2016
This was another brutal content against the Pole, who caused Wilder trouble with his unorthodox southpaw stance in the early rounds.
Wilder was still doing enough though, until Szpilka changed strategy and took a gamble as he tried to unload. The American predicted this and landed a powerful right hand to the face which saw Szpilka fall suddenly to the canvas and required medical attention.
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