Tyson Fury defends his WBC heavyweight world title and the heavyweight lineal championship against Deontay Wilder on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas (ESPN+ PPV, 9 p.m. ET, with preliminary fights starting at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 and ESPN+).
Fury won the title from Wilder with a seventh-round TKO victory in February 2020, the rematch of a disputed split draw back in 2018. Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs), 33, of Manchester, England, has promised another KO victory and said he will send Wilder to an early retirement.
“He’s in denial, and he’s getting knocked out. His legacy is in bits. I knocked him out, and now I’m going to retire him,” Fury said during a news conference on Wednesday.
Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs), 35, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, said the fight Saturday will be one to remember and is confident he will be on top this time around.
“I don’t have anything to prove,” Wilder said. “I’m in a great place and in a great state of mind. I have a lot of great people around me. This fight is about redemption, retaliation and retribution.
“Saturday night is going to be a different fight. It’s rare that we get trilogies like this, and I truly believe this one is going down in history.”
Also on the card, heavyweight power puncher Efe Ajagba takes on Frank Sanchez in a 10-round heavyweight battle and Jared Anderson takes on Vladimir Tereshkin in an eight-round heavyweight bout. Super middleweight Edgar Berlanga, who saw his 16-fight KO streak end back in April, returns to face Marcelo Esteban Coceres in a 10-round fight.
Follow along as Mike Coppinger and Brett Okamoto recap all the action from Las Vegas, or watch the fights on ESPN+ PPV.
Next fight: Robeisy Ramirez vs. Orlando Gonzalez, 10 rounds, featherweights
Carrington scores unanimous decision in pro debut
Highly-touted amateur featherweight Bruce Carrington (1-0, 0 KOs) turned in a beauty of a pro debut, as he defeated Cesar Cantu (3-2, 1 KOs) via unanimous decision: 40-36, 40-36 and 40-36.
The 24-year-old from Brooklyn, New York, outclassed Cantu, 28, of Weslaco, Texas, in every facet of the bout. He hurt Cantu with an uppercut and right hand at the end of the third round. Carrington was an alternate on the U.S. Olympic boxing team in 2016.
Faust dominates Marshall in TKO win
Viktor Faust scored a third-round TKO of Mike Marshall to kick off the undercard of Fury-Wilder 3.
The 29-year-old heavyweight dropped Marshall in the second round and then again in the third. Immediately after the second knockdown, referee Robert Hoyle stopped the bout (at 1:49 of the round).
The Ukrainian improved to 8-0 with 6 KOs. Marshall, a 33-year-old from Danbury, Connecticut, is now 6-2-1.
Still to come:
Title fight: Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder, 12 rounds, for Fury’s WBC heavyweight title
Efe Ajagba vs. Frank Sanchez, 10 rounds, heavyweights
Robert Helenius vs. Adam Kownacki, 12 rounds, heavyweights
Jared Anderson vs. Vladimir Tereshkin, 8 rounds, heavyweights
Edgar Berlanga vs. Marcelo Esteban Coceres, 10 rounds, super middleweights
Julian Williams vs. Vladimir Hernandez, 10 rounds, junior middleweights