Deontay Wilder will meet Tyson Fury this weekend at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in what’s shaping up to be an epic battle for boxing’s WBC heavyweight title. The two undefeated giants will go head-to-head for a maximum of 12-rounds, but who will come out on top?
Our boxing betting expert gives you his predictions for the big fight.
Road to Redemption
One of the big stories surrounding the fight is Tyson Fury’s dramatic comeback to boxing. In 2015, Fury beat Wladimir Klitschko to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. Klitschko had reigned supreme at the top of the division for the best part of a decade prior, but Fury’s life took a dark turn following the success.
Shortly after the fight, he was stripped of all belts after failing to comply to a rematch clause with Klitschko, and the Mancunian subsequently spent two-years distancing himself from the boxing world, battling alcohol and drug addiction whilst suffering from depression in the process.
But a year and a half on from announcing his return to the sport, Fury has lost just shy of 10-stone and won fights against Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta in a bid to shake off ring rust.
Now he takes on one of the division’s most formidable power punchers in Deontay Wilder, with a chance to return to the top of the tree.
Tale of the Tape
Wilder and Fury share few similarities apart from one: at 6’7 and 6’9 respectively, they are two of the division’s tallest boxers, and the pair are yet to come up against as sizeable an opponent as the other.
Fighting 40 times in his professional career, Wilder has knocked out every opponent he has ever faced, recording 39 knockouts and one unanimous decision against Bermane Stiverne in a WBC title decider, a fighter who he eventually knocked out in a rematch.
By contrast, Fury’s key strength is his ability to glide and move around the ring with grace. With 27 professional fights to his name, Fury boasts 19 knockouts, and has taken the rest of his opponents through 12 mentally gruelling rounds.
With a sharp jab and exquisite movement for the giant he is, Fury presents a unique test to fighters in the heavyweight division.
Fury hasn’t fought a world level fighter in over three years so it’s difficult to predict how he’ll get on against top opposition. Reports coming out from his camp have suggested he has sparred 12 rounds on multiple occasions in the build-up to this fight, and he’ll need to be ready for a war.
If Fury wins this fight, it more than likely goes the distance – the Gypsy King has made a living out of his box and move inspired technique and you can get Fury to win by decision at 2/1 with GrosvenorSport.com.
Wilder is a slight favourite in this fight, and with his devastating knockout record, it’s hard to argue against it. You can get him to win by KO, TKO or DQ here at evens.
Astonishingly, the Bronze Bomber has knocked out 19 of his 40 opponents out in the first round during his career and you can get him at 33/1 to clean Fury out in the first three minutes.