Wilder v Fury: Who Wins the Fight of the Year?30/11/2018
In the early hours of Sunday morning, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury will go to battle inside the Los Angeles Staples Center.
Both men go into the fight unbeaten, with Wilder’s WBC world heavyweight title on the line.
The build up to Wilder v Fury has been as entertaining as you would have expected, with insults, jokes, predictions and even songs making an appearance throughout.
Now, just days away from the fight itself, it’s time to have our say on how we think the action will unfold.
Fury to Adopt Tactics That Toppled Klitschko
For all of the talk of Fury promising to knock Deontay Wilder out (5/1), his best route to glory is to outbox Wilder over the course of the 12 rounds.
He has proven that he has the ability to rely on his boxing IQ at this level, with his 2015 victory over nine-year world champion Wladimir Klitschko.
Despite being the overwhelming underdog and away fighter, the Mancunian won by unanimous decision and the world became fully aware of just how good he was.
Can he repeat those Dusseldorf heroics? The time to find out has arrived.
"Fury outboxed Klitschko in 2015 and will look to do the same against Wilder."
He may not be as well media trained as other British fighters, and that, at times, works against Fury when the wider public are asked for their opinion on him as a boxer.
However, make no mistake, the 30-year-old is a very serious contender and the only person that can stop him from achieving his ambitions is himself.
The night that saw him outclass the king of the heavyweight division, should have been a catalyst for Fury to continue to dominate.
However, this is no ordinary man we are talking about. Fury spiralled into a state of depression and had to deal with substance abuse and gambling problems.
He has recently admitted that he was moments away from taking his own life. With that in mind, simply being back in a boxing ring means that he has already won.
Still, having come this far in his comeback, he is clearly backing himself to do the business, and so are we.
Leading bookmaker Betfred has the bout priced up as follows:
That 11/8 price on a man who has never looked in danger of losing a fight is difficult to ignore, particularly taking Wilder’s latest fight into consideration.
Sure, the Bronze Bomber ended up stopping Luis Ortiz in the 10th round, but there were moments in the rounds preceding that when Wilder looked in serious danger of being stopped himself.
Take nothing away from that stoppage win, Ortiz can certainly punch and has stopped 25 of his 30 opponents. However, the Cuban is almost 40 and doesn’t have the stamina or boxing intelligence of Fury.
Simply put, the UK fighter has the pedigree to dictate the pace of the fight. Wilder isn’t a particularly skilled boxer, and often requires an opponent to present their chin for him to deliver the knockout blow – something that Fury won’t do.
Who to Bet On
Below are some of Betfred’s biggest priced #PickYourPunt requests.
Deontay Wilder to win inside 60 seconds 66/1
Both fighters to be deducted a point 50/1
Either corner to throw the towel in 8/1
Tyson Fury to be knocked down and win 6/1
Nothing there taking your fancy? Remember, you can price up your own by tweeting @Betfred with the hashtag #PickYourPunt.
In our opinion, if this fight took place five times, Fury would win four of them. He is elusive enough to avoid Wilder’s power punches and, if it goes the distance, his superior boxing brain should see him coast to a landslide victory on the judges’ scorecards.
Admittedly, should the American land one of the famous power punches that have seen him stop every opponent he’s ever faced, the travelling Fury could be in big trouble.
Let’s hope he can weave his way to victory.
Who have you got picked ahead of the LA showdown?
This weekend marks the beginning of a bumper period of festive sport. The boxing nights keep on rolling in, with huge football games taking place seemingly every day.
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