SHOWTIME SPORTS RELEASES WILDER vs. ORTIZ & LARA vs. HURD FULL-LENGTH FIGHTS IN ADVANCE OF DECEMBER 1 SHOWTIME PPV
Fans can relive two of the most exciting and competitive fights of 2018 ahead of the December 1 SHOWTIME PPV headlined by WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder and lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. The Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz thriller from March and the Erislandy Lara vs. Jarrett Hurd all-action affair from April, both leading candidates for 2018 Fight of the Year, are available in their entirety now on the SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel.
In Wilder’s toughest test to date, the undefeated WBC heavyweight champion retained his belt in an instant classic from Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Wilder withstood a seventh-round assault from the Cuban slugger Ortiz, only to rebound and floor his undefeated top-five ranked world title challenger twice in the 10th round en route to his 39th
In an electrifying fight from The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, IBF Champion Jarrett Hurd unified the 154-pound division with a 12-round split-decision victory over WBA Champion Erislandy Lara in just the seventh unification in division history. The difference in the Fight of the Year candidate was a short left hook that floored Lara in the final minute of the fight.
The December 1 SHOWTIME PPV is headlined by Wilder vs. Fury, which tests the raw power of the 6-foot-7 Wilder against the unmatched size and mobility of the
6-foot-9 Fury in the most significant heavyweight event in the U.S. in more than 15 years. In the co-feature, Hurd returns for his first fight since dethroning Lara to defend his IBF and WBA titles against Jason Welborn. Ortiz will continue his quest for a second shot at a heavyweight world championship as he takes on American Travis Kauffman.