Despite the desperation to see an undisputed bout between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua, the former will now face Deontay Wilder in a trilogy fight for the WBC and The Ring heavyweight titles.
Wilder was successful in his appeal under the Court of Arbitration for Sport, invoking his rematch clause to halt the plans of the two Brits.
Given the conclusive nature of their previous meeting, many have questioned Wilder’s decision to get back in the ring with Fury after a year-and-a-half. The American was bullied by Fury over seven rounds before cornerman Mark Breland threw in the towel - a decision which ultimately cost him his job.
The bookmakers appear to share the same sentiment if the odds are anything to go by. If you are looking to place a bet on this fight, be sure to check out Max Free Bets first. Their site features the very best free bet offers and promotions from all of the top bookmakers in the industry.
Fury and Wilder will meet at the Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada, with the 32-year-old Fury being priced as the overwhelming favourite.
He is 1/3 on to win the third fight and retain his titles, while Wilder is the underdog at 9/4. That is despite the fact Fury is yet to defend a world title in his professional career, but clearly the ease with which he dealt with Wilder last time out has had an overwhelming impact on the bookies.
Fury knocked Wilder down twice in the fight before the towel was thrown in, while Wilder also twice sent Fury to the floor in their first meeting that ended in a draw. Fury is priced at 10/11 to win by KO, TKO or DQ, with Wilder a 3/1 shot to win by any of those methods.
When it comes to winning by decision, Wilder is a huge 16/1 underdog, with Fury priced at 11/4. Known as a knockout artist and far from a technical boxer, it’s no surprise to see Wilder priced as such an outsider in this particular market against a far more technically sound fighter in Fury.
With the first meeting ending in a draw, some may see value in the price of 22/1 for another draw to take place in this fight.
Though there won’t be the same interest in a Fury-Wilder trilogy as there would be in a Fury-Joshua bout, this still promises to be an intriguing fight. Wilder has changed trainer’s and is now with Malik Scott and it will be interesting to see what changes he has made over the last year.
As for Fury, he has been as relaxed as ever approaching this fight and has vowed to make light work of Wilder before fighting Joshua in an undisputed fight at the end of the year.
Joshua now looks set to face Oleksandr Usyk, who is mandatory for his WBO world title, though Dillian Whyte, Andy Ruiz and Luis Ortiz’s names have all been mentioned as potential opponents. Should Fury and Joshua come through their next fights, expect them both to meet in what will be one of the biggest fights of the modern era.