With Deontay Wilder set to defend his WBC World Heavyweight Title for the second time against Tyson Fury in the early hours of Sunday morning, gear up for the big bout by streaming and following Shoot Music’s Boxing Ring Walk Playlist on Spotify.
The duo squared off for the first time at the Staples Center in Los Angeles back in December 2018, with their thrilling contest going all 12 rounds and ending in a controversial draw, leaving fans salivating for a rematch ever since.
With just over a year having passed since that bout and both men still undefeated, they now meet for a second time with the eyes of the boxing world on them in the early hours of the morning UK time at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday February 22, with the bell for the first round expected to ring around 5am GMT.
Whether it’s used to psyche out opponents, hype up the crowd, or add to the general spectacle of a major sporting event, no boxing match can be complete without iconic ring walk music.
The playlist is topped by this weekend’s combatants. The last time that the pair met, Wilder made his ring walk wearing an elaborate feathered robe, crown and mask, with American rapper Jay Rock performing his track ‘WIN’ whilst holding Wilder’s WBC belt during the walk. His challenger, “The Gypsy King” sauntered to the ring soundtracked by Gala‘s iconic dance tune ‘Freed From Desire’, with the British contingent in the Los Angeles crowd changing the lyrics in the chorus on that occasion as they sang ‘Fury’s on fire”.
Mike Tyson walked out to Redman’s ‘Time for Sum Aksion’ for his first fight following his release from prison, while Vitali Klitschko once strode out to AC/DC’s ‘Hell’s Bells’. In his prime, a young Prince Naseem Hamed stepped out to Ini Kamoze’s massive hit ‘Here Comes The Hotstepper’, while Lennox Lewis walked out to Missy Elliot’s ‘Get Your Freak On’.
Floyd Mayweather comfortably defeated Robert Guerrero after sauntering out to Lil Wayne’s ‘No Worries’, and who can forget the Greatest himself, Muhammad Ali taking on Earnie Shavers after confidently landing in the ring with the ‘Star Wars Theme’ – as perhaps only Ali could. In terms of confidence, Ali’s ring walk anthem is only perhaps equalled by the legendary Chris Eubank, turning a ringwalk into a catwalk with Tina Turner’s ‘The Best’.
So whether you’re training or just need some motivation to power through your day, check our playlist of boxing ring walk anthems. Featuring some of boxing’s most legendary ring walk anthems, fan favourites and iconic tracks, it’s perfect for workouts and knockouts. Just run the other way if you hear ‘The Best’ in the other corner!