Coverage of Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury was provided exclusively by BT Sport as the standout boxing fight of 2018 finally arrived on Saturday 1 December.
The heavyweight showdown the world had been waiting for saw lineal champion Fury taking on WBC king Wilder in just his third fight back following a two-and-a-half-year absence from the ring.
BT Sport Box Office, our new pay-per-view channel, played host to Wilder vs Fury on TV as the two unbeaten giants finally settled their bitter feud in Los Angeles.
In this essential guide, we take a closer look at everything you could possibly need to know about Wilder vs Fury, including fight price, dates, times, full fight replay details, how to buy on any TV platform, BT Sport's big-fight preview and much, much more.
And when you’re done here, relive all the build-up for the biggest transatlantic heavyweight world title fight since Lennox Lewis vs Mike Tyson in 2002 with our huge, unbeatable collection of exclusive build-up videos and features at btsport.com/wilderfury.
When was Wilder vs Fury? Fight time and date
Our pay-per-view coverage of Wilder vs Fury began at 11.30pm on Saturday 1 December, with subscribers able to watch the first hour on BT Sport 1 HD, here on BTSport.com or on the BT Sport app at no extra charge.
Wilder vs Fury began just before 5am following a bumper card of undercard bouts featuring Fury's fellow Brits Jason Welborn and Joe Joyce.
Wilder vs Fury price – how much does it cost?
Wilder vs Fury costs just £19.95 on BT Sport Box Office and can be ordered at bt.com/sportboxoffice.
How to watch Wilder vs Fury on BT TV
BT TV customers can use their remote control to buy Wilder vs Fury. Simply press the ‘BT Player’ button then ‘Buy Now’ on the event, which will be shown on channel 494.
Can I watch Wilder vs Fury on Sky?
Yes. BT Sport on Sky customers or any Sky customer who bought our previous BT Sport Box Office event – September’s blockbuster fight between Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin – can use their remote control to buy Wilder vs Fury.
Sky customers who are new to BT Sport Box Office need to register and buy Wilder vs Fury here.
How to live stream Wilder vs Fury
Anyone who wants to live stream Wilder vs Fury can simply follow these instructions to buy the fight and then watch either on the website link provided or via the BT Sport Box Office app.
Wilder vs Fury will also be compatible with Google Chromecast and Apple Airplay.
Can I watch Wilder vs Fury on Virgin TV?
Yes. Virgin TV customers can press ‘On Demand’ and then ‘Live Events’ on their remote control to order Wilder vs Fury.
Can I watch Wilder vs Fury in the Republic of Ireland?
Yes. The fight will be available with eir Sport – full details of how to buy and watch are provided here.
What if I can’t watch Wilder vs Fury live?
No problem. There will be repeat showings of Wilder vs Fury on BT Sport Box Office every four hours in the week after the fight, starting from 9am on Sunday 2 December.
The event will remain available to purchase via any of the methods outlined above - or in the video below - during this period.
Wilder vs Fury venue – where did the fight happening?
After months of negotiation, with venues across the US desperate to host the heavyweight clash, it was announced that it will take place in the iconic Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
The arena has a rich sporting heritage, playing host to the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA and the Los Angeles Kings in the NHL – as well as five UFC events in the past decade.
But the venue also boasts an impressive boxing history with Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley, Lennox Lewis, Bernard Hopkins, Manny Pacquiao and Vitali Klitschko just some of the famous names to have fought under the bright lights in southern California.
Wilder vs Fury: No Filter Boxing
BT Sport’s acclaimed No Filter Boxing team bring fans closer than ever before to their favourite fighters with a wealth of exclusive behind-the-scenes footage around our live bouts.
They have enjoyed incredible access to both fighters and their teams ahead of Wilder vs Fury, producing a collection of powerful and compelling scene-setting videos, which you can watch in full at btsport.com/nofilterboxing.
Wilder vs Fury: BT Sport's Big Fight Preview
Less than a year ago, few could have predicted that 2018 would see Tyson Fury challenging for a world heavyweight title.
But on Saturday night, the 30-year-old will do exactly that, taking on Deontay Wilder for the coveted WBC belt at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The self-styled Gypsy King had the world at his feet almost three years ago to the day, holding aloft the WBA, IBF, WBO and The Ring heavyweight belts after dismantling Wladimir Klitschko in emphatic fashion during a memorable night in Dusseldorf.
Fury danced around and dazzled the 11-year reigning champion, bemusing and bewitching Klitschko to secure a deserved decision on the judges’ scorecards as he shrugged off his underdog status to shock the boxing world.
It looked set to mark the start of a long and fruitful reign at the summit of the division for the 6ft 9ins giant – but fate intervened to send Fury down another path entirely.
Barely a week after the fight, he was stripped of the IBF world title after the governing body ruled against permitting Fury to take part in his contractually-obligated rematch against Klitschko.
As the champion, Fury had earned the fight to lure Klitschko from his adopted home of Germany for the rematch, agreeing to face Dr Steelhammer once again at the Manchester Arena in July 2016.
However, less than a month out from the fight, the hometown fighter announced his withdrawal from the bout, citing an ankle injury as the reason to delay the rematch.
Another date was agreed - 29 October at the same venue - but Fury pulled out once again only weeks away from the fight.
His management team advised that he had been declared “medically unfit to fight” but stopped short of releasing further details, explaining that Fury would “immediately undergo the treatment he needs to make a full recovery”.
It transpired later that the unified champion had been struggling with mental health problems behind the scenes, self-medicating for depression with drink and drugs after falling out of love with boxing.
Deprived of a reason to train and stay disciplined after defeating the indomitable Klitschko, Fury ballooned up to more than 27 stone in weight, withdrawing from the public eye as he struggled to conquer his demons.
“I was depressed. I didn’t want to live,” Fury told BT Sport’s No Filter Boxing.
“I really wanted to die. I wanted a date with the death man. I didn’t have anything to live for, in my mind. Nothing was worth living for and everything was pointless.
“What’s the point? What’s the point in earning money? What’s the point in being rich? What’s the point in being successful? What’s the point in having a family? What’s the point in breathing air?
"Everything there was a point in doing, I had a question for.”
After attempting to take his own life, Fury sought professional help and began to turn his plight around.
Slowly, and with the help of a brand new team around him, the Manchester man began his road to redemption, setting himself the goal of reclaiming the world titles that had been stripped from him during his 30-month absence from the sport.
During an April 2018 press conference, his comeback was made official, signing a multi-fight contract with promoter Frank Warren that had been expected to help gently reintroduce Fury back into the division.
But just two fights in, after near-exhibition bouts against Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta, Fury made it known he was ready to test himself at the highest level once again.
Enter Deontay Wilder.
In Fury’s absence, the 33-year-old American had begun to creep into the consciousness of British boxing fans following months of public, drawn-out negotiations to fight current unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
Frustrated by the lack of progress being made during talks – Wilder would accuse Joshua and his team of attempting to avoid a potential undisputed clash for fear of losing – the hard-hitting Alabama native went rogue, defending his title against Cuban veteran Luis Ortiz.
Regarded as the ‘bogeyman’ of the division, Ortiz had been tipped to snatch the title from Wilder by some – and they were almost proved right during a pulsating back-and-forth fight that will live long in the memory.
Having dropped Ortiz in round five, Wilder was then dragged into deep waters, surviving a 10-8 round himself in the seventh as he looked out on his feet before being rescued by the bell.
However, the Bronze Bomber rallied to floor Ortiz twice more in the tenth before the fight was mercifully waved off, handing Wilder his most impressive victory to date.
After fielding years of criticism over the calibre of his opponents, the win finally vindicated Wilder’s place among the heavyweight elite, leaving him hungrier than ever to take down the remaining champions.
With Joshua again unwilling to play ball, Wilder gladly accepted the challenge of taking on the lineal champion, Fury, confirming the fight following a whirlwind fortnight of talks between the two camps.
“We agreed it within the course of a week. The contracts, and all the finer details the lawyers worked on, that took about another two weeks,” Warren told BTSport.com.
Wilder’s manager, Lou DiBella, added: ““We’re taking a fight now that is even bigger [than the Luis Ortiz fight].
“The biggest fight available to Deontay Wilder was Tyson Fury and when Tyson stepped up to the plate and showed his willingness to make this fight, it was made very quickly.”
Despite many suggesting the bout would never happen, boxing fans are now only hours away from witnessing one of the most eagerly anticipated fights in recent heavyweight history – and the debate over who will win has divided the boxing world.
With so much at stake for both men – and with the greatest prize in boxing on the line – you cannot afford to miss out on the biggest fight of the year as Deontay Wilder takes on Tyson Fury, live and exclusive on BT Sport Box Office.
Wilder vs Fury: The undercard
Anyone deciding to buy Wilder vs Fury will be treated to a stacked undercard to relive ahead of the scintillating main event.
There was a distinctly British flavour, too, as Jason Welborn challenged Jarrett Hurd for his IBO, WBA (super) and IBF light-middleweight world titles in the main undercard attraction.
Heavyweight prospect Joe Joyce, a silver medallist for Team GB at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, faced Joe Hanks.
The BT Sport Box Office coverage of the undercard was completed by Luis Ortiz vs Travis Kaufmann and Mark Anthony Barriga vs Carlos Licona, with the vacant IBF mini-flyweight title up for grabs in the latter bout.
Here is the full Wilder vs Fury undercard (correct at time of writing):
Jarrett Hurd vs Jason Welborn* - IBF/WBA/IBO super welterweight titles
Mark Anthony Barriga vs Carlos Licona* - vacant IBF minimumweight title
Luis Ortiz vs Travis Kauffman*
Joe Joyce vs Joe Hanks*
Isaac Lowe vs Lucas Rafael Baez
Chris Arreola vs Maurenzo Smith
Roberto Guerrero vs Adam Mate
Alfredo Angulo vs Fernando Castaneda
Julian Williams vs Francisco Castro
Marsellos Wilder vs David Damore
Jesse Rodriguez vs Alex Aragon
*fights televised on BT Sport Box Office
Wilder vs Fury: Fight odds
Here are a selection of Wilder vs Fury odds, courtesy of Bet365 (all correct at time of writing):
Wilder to win: 4/7
Fury to win: 6/4
Wilder to win by stoppage or DQ: Evens
Wilder to win on points: 9/2
Fury to win by stoppage: 7/1
Fury to win on points: 9/4
Wilder vs Fury is the second of three incredible pay-per-view boxing extravaganzas in just four months on BT Sport, sandwiching Canelo vs GGG 2 and the huge world title clash between Josh Warrington and Carl Frampton on Saturday 22 December in Manchester - available for £19.95.