Saturday on October 9th we will see a third fight between two of the very best in their division. Something that we rarely see nowadays in the boxing world. But, lucky for us as fans we get to witness yet another fight because the first two were simply too good.
The first meeting between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder unfortunately ended in a draw nearly three years ago. Wilder threw pretty much everything but the kitchen sink at his British foe but was unable to keep him on the canvas. Then a rematch happened last year in February and it was a one-sided fight. Wilder may have got a little bit of his offense in but it felt from bell to bell, from start to finish that it was The Gypsy King swinging the hammer and controlling the whole fight. Eventually the fight was stopped due to a (T)KO victory for Fury through seven rounds as Wilder had taken so much punishment and it was simply unnecessary to have him continue. He was never mounting a comeback in that fight.
Here we are for the third time 20 months later to get a third fight between reigning WBC and The Ring Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and former champion Deontay Wilder. As you know odds are a bit different depending on which book you are shopping at but, I am seeing Tyson Fury as a (-295) favorite with the comeback on The Bronze Bomber Deontay Wilder at (+253).
Breaking down this fight seems just about straightforward to me and that is that Tyson Fury broke Deontay Wilder in the rematch. He did everything he said he was going to do and he did it to a T. He got right in Wilder’s face which nullified him of throwing his big power shots – something that has made Wilder so famous and successful with his 41 knockout wins. If Fury can replicate even half of what he did in their previous meeting then I do not see a reason why he cannot leave Las Vegas still the heavyweight champion. He has taken some of Wilder’s biggest and most powerful shots and was able to stay in the fight both times. However this is boxing and crazy things can and will happen. Deontay Wilder changed his entire camp and training staff ever since suffering his first boxing loss at the hands of Fury. I am not sure just how much he has changed or how much it will help him. I am definitely curious to see what he does because Wilder, his trainers, and his new head coach Malik Scott has said multiple times he has just taken things Wilder already knows and pulled them out of him again. He believes Wilder has gotten so comfortable with throwing knockout shots (because they have worked over and over again for him) that he has ignored everything else that he has learned through his many years of training. So whatever Wilder is bringing out again coupled with his knockout power he definitely has a good chance of reclaiming his gold. I just am not confident in it due to the style Fury brings.
My official prediction is Tyson Fury to win by decision. I think Fury will be taking a more cautioned yet still effective approach against his rival. We should also see a more offensive technician of a machine out of Wilder this time but I still believe Tyson Fury will get the better of him over the course of twelve rounds – using his jab, elusiveness, aggression, and clinch work to win rounds and retain his WBO and The Ring heavyweight championships.
Prop Bet: Tyson Fury Wins By Decision (+295)
Thanks for reading and best of luck!