Two-time world heavyweight champion George Foreman believes Deontay Wilder will overcome Tyson Fury in a bout which has divided some of boxing’s biggest names.
Wilder, 33, will put his WBC heavyweight title on the line at Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Saturday – roughly 04:30 GMT on Sunday in the UK.
Many pundits see Fury’s best chance being a points win, with Wilder posing the greater threat of a knockout.
Former world middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders has shared footage of himself apparently staking £70,000 on 30-year-old Fury in the bout.
The bout has split experts on whether Fury – in just his third fight since returning to the sport having battled depression and served a backdated doping ban during more than two and a half years away – can inflict a first defeat of Wilder’s career.
Two-time heavyweight champion Mike Tyson said: “Although Wilder’s punch is strong, nothing can compare to the mental strength Fury has shown both in and out of the ring. It’ll be a close call, but I think Fury’s got a true fighting chance.”
Events during fight week included Fury and Wilder clashing at a heated news conference.
The incident only served to add further intensity to a contest which has been billed as the biggest heavyweight bout on US soil since
Lennox Lewis overcame Vitali Klitschko at the same venue in 2003.
Wilder boasts 39 knockouts from his 40 wins and Fury, who has won all 27 of his professional contests, has stated his opponent is possibly the hardest punching heavyweight of all time.