The British Tyson Fury will defend the WBC heavyweight title this Saturday against former division champion Deontay Wilder, in the central fight of the card to be held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, which for much of the specialized press is the most important of the year.
In this evening, which will be televised by the cable signal ESPN + from 10 p.m., Argentine Marcelo Esteban Cóceres will be present, who will face the undefeated Puerto Rican Edgar Berlanga for the vacant NABO super middleweight belt.
The clash between Fury and Wilder will be the third between them, all with the heavyweight title at stake. The first was on December 1, 2018, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and ended with a controversial draw and the second, on February 22, 2020, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, was won by the British by technical knockout in seven rounds. This fight was supposed to take place last August, but Fury tested positive for Covid and that is why the fight was postponed to this Saturday.
The 33-year-old Briton was a 2015 WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion and vacated the titles to take a break from the sport for two and a half years. He comes into this fight with the formidable record of 30 wins (21 KO), 1 draw and no losses. Wilder, 35, has not fought since the loss with Fury and has a record that speaks for itself: 42 wins (41 KO), no draws and 1 contrast.
Cóceres, meanwhile, will not have it easy against a formidable puncher like Berlanga. The 30-year-old from Entre Ríos challenged Britain’s Billy Joe Saunders for the WBO super middleweight world title in November 2019 and performed very well, although he lost by technical knockout in the eleventh round.
He was Latin champion of the super welters and Argentine and Latin middleweight champions, his record is 30 wins (16 KO) and 2 losses, and in his last fight, on June 17 in Hurlingham, he knocked out Nelson from Mendoza in the second round. Nicolas Rosalez.
Berlanga, 24, is a Brooklyn-born puncher with Puerto Rican roots. He made headlines when he won his first 16 fights by knockout in the first round, a streak that was cut in April this year when he defeated American Demond Nicholson by unanimous decision after knocking him down four times in eight rounds.
The undercard will also feature two other important fights between heavyweights: Nigerian Olympian Efe Ajagba will face undefeated American Frank Sánchez for the NABO title and Finnish Robert Helenius will give revenge to Polish Adam Kownacki.