It is barely one day to the heavyweight title showdown between Britain’s Tyson Fury and American Deontay Wilder and the boxing world is expectedly agog.
Fury will challenge Wilder for his WBC world title on Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, United States.
And while Wilder is confident of teaching Fury a boxing lesson, the 30-year-old former heavyweight champion strongly believes he will dethrone the American in front of Americans.
The boxers had faced off at a press conference. They have bragged about their title credentials. But what do boxing greats think about the bout?
Concise News has a roundup of some of their views.
Anthony Joshua predicts Wilder win
“If Fury wins, Wilder gets a rematch so it messes up [my] plans a bit. Nevertheless, Wilder for me. He will win,” he told Land Rover Event.
Lennox Lewis expects another Fury surprise
“Tyson Fury’s surprised me in the past. I didn’t think he was going to do that well against Wladimir and he did better than expected. Certain fighters, they rise to the occasion,” he told H&J on talkSPORT.
David Haye: Wilder Win
“I just believe Tyson Fury has not in the last three years put his body, put his mind, put his skillset in a position to give himself the best chance. But he’s a very awkward character, awkward style, anything’s possible with him,” he told Jim White on talkSPORT.
Luis Ortiz: Wilder KO
“If all goes as expected and Wilder puts Fury to sleep like I think he will, I want another shot at him ASAP. It will be an epic rematch between me and Wilder”
Amir Khan: Fury Win
“I think, out of all the heavyweights, in my opinion, I think he’s the best one. I think he will beat them all,” he told talkSPORT.
Anthony Crolla: Fury Win
“It’s a fight I can’t wait for. I’m obviously behind our boy Tyson Fury, but it’s a tough night. Listen we’ve got to be honest here and I’ll be deadly honest. I’m backing Tyson, but I am worried,” he told talkSPORT.com.
Dillian Whyte: Wilder KO
“Wilder’s gonna knock Tyson Fury out. You have to be realistic sometimes. I think he’s cashing out because those last two fights he had, I never [saw] anything in him that made me say: ‘You’re ready for Deontay Wilder,” he told Jim White on talkSPORT.