The 34-year-old American Wilder,has vowed to surpass his “idol” Muhammad Ali by knocking out Tyson Fury on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Undefeated WBC Heavyweight champion of the world,saying his fight with Fury could be bigger than Mayweather’s money spinning fight with Manny Pacquiao in 2018.
Promoters Top Rank are selling tickets at $100 (£77) a piece for fans to watch the fight on big screen televisions at five venues in the city.
Fury and Wilder fought to a much criticized draw in December 2018 as Fury won 10 rounds but was knocked down by Wilder in 2 rounds causing the judges to label the match a draw.
The Briton, 31, continued to promise a knockout in Saturday’s rematch, while his rival eyed moving beyond legend Ali’s mark of 10 consecutive defences of the heavyweight title.
Wilder would trail only the likes of Joe Louis, Larry Holmes and Wladimir Klitschko on the list of heavyweights with the most consecutive defences of the world title if he beats Fury
“It will be an amazing feeling, my 11th consecutive defence,” said Alabama fighter . on Wednesday. to the 5 Live Boxing with Costello & Bunce podcast.
“I never thought about being heavyweight champion of the world and being tied with my idol Ali.
“Once I’ve beaten Fury with a devastating knockout, I will go on even further to break the record and do more amazing things.”
“One of my guys described this as like a Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao fight because of all the calls coming in for tickets. It’s bigger.
The MGM Grand hotel, which stages the fight in its 17,000-seat arena, already has an unprecedented three boxing rings set up on its ground floor, which is hosting television broadcasters.