There is an often-used catchphrase in boxing that styles make fights. Much like baking a loaf of bread, mix in the right ingredients and the final product can be most satisfying. Get it wrong, however, and the whole thing just falls flat.
When it comes to Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, there is a fascination over what the duo will serve up in Los Angeles on Saturday, as they meet in a top-of-the-bill battle that will set the heavyweight menu for 2019.
Both big men believe they have the recipe for success, too.
Wilder boasts a phenomenal knockout record, winning 39 of his 40 fights as a pro inside the distance. Bermane Stiverne remains the only opponent to last through to the final bell, and even he lost by a landslide on the scorecards.
If you're going to yell "Bomb Zquad!" on a regular basis, you best back up your words with actions. The American, of course, has done exactly that, detonating his renowned right hand on just about every opponent, as well as one poor unsuspecting mascot in a television studio earlier this year.
Last time out, the Alabama native demonstrated he also has a sizeable heart to go with the undeniable power. Against Luis Ortiz, he overcame the biggest scare in his career to date to retain the WBC title with a sensational stoppage in round 10.
"[Anthony] Joshua came back from his moment, this is your moment to dig deep," Wilder's trainer, Jay Deas, said after seeing his man stagger around like a drunk turfed out of his local pub at closing time during a dramatic seventh round.
He duly did what his corner requested of him, recovering impressively from the onslaught to find a way to triumph.
Now, though, Wilder faces a different, more challenging prospect. Ortiz is a gifted big man – Cuba have built their boxing reputation on teaching fighters how to master the basics – but he was just shy of his 39th birthday at the time, and was the smaller of the two.
Fury, however, is nearly 10 years younger than Ortiz. He has had a lack of meaningful rounds since stunning Wladimir Klitschko over three years ago to become top dog, but he is physically bigger than Wilder and undoubtedly has the more impressive win on his resume.
The former IBF, WBA and WBO champion was not successful simply because of his size, though. Unlike Ortiz, he will be a tricky target to locate. You only need to ask Klitschko how elusive Fury can be, using feints and footwork to frustrate while doing his own work behind the jab.
For all the pre-fight chatter of knockouts, Fury is a canny operator. He wriggled his way under Klitschko's skin before their 2015 bout, then bamboozled him in the ring. Watching Wednesday's pre-fight media conference, and Wilder's subsequent reactions to his rival's antics, suggest history could be repeated this weekend.
Klitschko was so confused by all that had gone on that he seemingly forgot to throw punches – the CompuBox stats said the Ukrainian landed 52 through 12 rounds, too often failing to pull the trigger when in a position to do so.
On this day.... 2015 pic.twitter.com/5jANVc5Wk6— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) November 28, 2018
Wilder will not be so cautious – it's simply not in his nature. Yet his desire to land leather creates clear opportunities to counter.
The American has the power to stop anyone in a hurry. He may have to accept losing a few rounds, knowing – unlike King Canute – the tide can be turned, all thanks to one big shot reaching the target.
Question marks remain over his boxing abilities up close, and for someone so advanced into his career, the 33-year-old can still look raw at times. The key for the defending champion will be judging distances - get too near and Fury can grab hold and tie him up, sapping energy and spoiling attacking intentions.
Still, he at least knows Fury has been dropped before – by an ex-cruiserweight in Steve Cunningham, too – but the biggest question mark over the Brit is more about ring rust than punch resistance.
Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta helped blow away the cobwebs, getting in some much-needed rounds, yet Fury faced little to no risk in his two outings on the comeback trail, allowing him to play up to the crowd. The showman in him will want to do the same against Wilder, though he will surely realise the dangers in taking risks simply to earn instant gratification from the watching audience. Make a mistake and his bid for glory could come to an end in spectacular fashion.
So, will the champ catch up with his foe and land that famous right hand, or can the challenger turn back the clock and pull off the upset? Thankfully, we do not have to wait too long to find out the answers.
Wilder and Fury are two opposites who have been drawn together by a common goal, knowing a win will see them not only hold the WBC strap but also take a giant step towards a unification clash with Joshua next year.
No one can be certain what exactly the duo will serve up for the main course at the Staples Center, but it should make for an appetising spectacle.