Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder is the most hotly anticipated fight of the year and with the build up nearly complete it looks set to live up to expectation.
30-year-old Fury stepped back into the ring earlier this year following a 32-month absence after violating anti-doing rules. He has returned with two victories against Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta, but he faces by far his toughest challenge yet in undefeated world champion Deontay Wilder, with the winner in pole position to challenge superstar heavyweight Anthony Joshua.
Deontay Wilder has looked every bit a world champion throughout his decade long career with a perfect 40-0 record including 39 knockouts. Who can forget his three knockdowns in 60 seconds to defeat Bermane Stiverne. His camp has reportedly gone well and ‘The Bronze Bomber’ looks in peak physical fitness. Despite Fury also holding an unbeaten 27-0 record, Wilder is supremely confident saying “I’m number one for sure. I believe it. I feel like I’m the cream of the crop. I cannot wait. I’ll be the champion to beat.”
Where and When
How to watch
In the USA - Showtime boxing PPV. The fight will be shown on BT Sport Box Office in Ireland, with their coverage getting underway at 11.30pm on Saturday night.
With both fighters holding perfect win records the stats need to be viewed more closely to figure out where the advantage in this fight lies. Tyson Fury out performs Deontay Wilder in Hight, reach, rounds boxed and weight. The rounds boxed is an interesting stat as Fury has boxed 13 less fights than Wilder but has fought 37 rounds more than him. This really gives you an insight into their style of fighting. Fury has the stamina and can really go the distance, whereas Wilder is all about power, he has only fought past round seven six times in his professional career, with those six fights all coming in his last eight fights. That’s a worry for Wilder if he can’t put Fury away in the early rounds as Fury’s quick feet should see him land plenty of punches. You can check out the fighters full stats here.
Fury was as big as 4/1 when betting opened for this fight but steady support has seen his price contract. Wilder is still the odds on favourite though at 4/7.
Betway offer the following odds.
Grouped round betting
Predicting the exact round that the fight will end can often be a difficult task. The grouped round betting offers you a chance to spread the risk. We can clearly see from these odds that Wilder is the bookies favourite to win within the 12 rounds and Fury’s best chance is over 12 rounds on points at 11/5.
Betway offer the following odds.
This fight promises to be an explosion of power and if Wilder is to win he probably knows he has to knockdown Fury. Betway offer some competitive odds on all of the knockdown options.
The fact that Wilder has only fought past round seven six times and that those six fights have all been in his last eight fights, suggests that he is finding it harder to finish better opposition as he moves up the ranks and takes on better quality challengers to his belts. Fury is going to be Wilders toughest opponent yet and he will be favourite if the fight goes all the way to the judges scorecards.
With this being the most anticipated fight this year it comes as no surprise that former professionals have been happy to give their predictions. That said, they are finding it as hard as us to call this one. Lennox Lewis says he can’t call the fight due to their contrasting styles. While David Haye says that Fury will have to “completely reinvent himself” if he is to get the better of Wilder.
This is going to be a close run affair and you can never write off Fury. Many did when he defeated world champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, but that said Fury has had to come a long way since then but who would bet against him finding a way to get the job done. His best chance is taking the fight the distance and winning on points. Betway offer 11/5 for this outcome and that could look a fair price come the weekend.