December 5 is the date Tyson Fury has chosen for his next match, also the first defense of the WBC heavyweight world title. The option of a third match against Deontay Wilder is no longer in play, at least if it is this year and the “Gipsy King” has announced his return home to Britain.
This has been seriously worked on for some time, Fury is in the preparations and all that remains is to confirm the opponent. His American promoter, Bob Arum, knows something about that, whose task is to find an American media house to which he will sell the broadcast of the match.
That is why it is important to him that the audience knows the opponent or that it is at least someone who can be well promoted.
Takom or Kabayel
Something is being asked about the WBC as well, so in the end all but two opponents dropped out.
Carlos Takom or Agit Kabayel will fight Fury. “He’s picking an opponent right now, and I’m not going to assign him anything there,” Arum said in an interview with Boxingscene, adding something about the aforementioned two candidates: “Fury should beat Takam, but Takam is at least well known and was on ESPN.
Besides, he looked really good in the last match. The other guy, Agit Kabayel, is undefeated and he fought some really good guys. We don't have anyone else except the two of them. " 39-year-old Carlos Takam (39-5-1, 28 KO) is a boxer we remember from the match against Anthony Joshua in October 2017.
The Cameroonian jumped in as a replacement for Kubrat Pulev and then he parried very well while he could follow the champion in terms of fitness, only to end with a break in the tenth round. The match was later defeated by Dereck Chisora, but after that he started a positive series.
He has celebrated in his last four matches, twice this year, against Fabio Maldonado and Jerry Forrest. Kabayel (20-0, 13 KOs) is a 28-year-old German boxer who has been mentioned as a prime candidate for some time. He returned to boxing in July after as many as 16 months without a performance, and by a judge's decision he defeated Evgenios Lazaridis after ten rounds.
Kabayel was dominant in that rehearsal, but he didn't even try to finish it, probably with the desire to spend as much time in the ring as possible. He is also under contract with Top Rank so it would be easier to negotiate with him from that side. He is a member of Ivan Dijaković's UFD gym.