Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury Predictions and Betting Tips
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury Predictions and Betting Tips for the WBC heavyweight title fight on Saturday 1st December at Staples Center in Los Angeles and shown live on BT Sport Box Office.
The unbeaten lineal world heavyweight champion takes on the unbeaten WBC champion. One is known for his evasiveness which makes him incredibly awkward. The other for his freaky power and awkward style. The clash is one of boxing’s most anticipated and the winner will have a strong argument that they are the best heavyweight in the world and deserve a shot at Anthony Joshua.
Deontay Wilder (40-0) is looking to make the eighth defence of the WBC World Title he won against Bermane Stiverne. That fight is the only time an opponent has gone the distance with him, when he fought with an injured hand. He corrected that by viciously stopping Stiverne in a 2017 rematch. Many had criticised his opponents but in his most recent fight he took on Luís Ortiz, a heavily avoided contender. It was a war, with both men hurt. Wilder, unfairly, had a slight lead on the scorecard but it wouldn’t go the distance as Wilder finished him in the tenth.
Tyson Fury (27-0) is the lineal champion by virtue of his victory over Wladimir Klitschko which came in 2015. Fury then had 30 months out of the ring where he ballooned in weight to over 400 pounds and battled with drugs and depression. He has since returned with two fights, both wins. The first came against Sefer Seferi, who he forced to retire on his stool inbetween rounds. Following this, he fought his way to a decision win against the average Francesco Pianeta. Outside of Klitschko, his best wins came against Hammer and Chisora.
For someone who comes in at 6’9 and 260lbs, Fury is a superb mover. He switches styles at will, with awkward punches coming from awkward angles. He has been dropped, Steve Cunningham landed a big overhand right on him but Fury used his weight to smother the much smaller man, bullying him into stoppage. His power is perhaps disappointing for a man of his size and his stoppages tend to be from accumulation. Fury also engages in mental warfare that some opponents cannot handle. He is a big trash talker and his performances in the build up to the Wilder fight have been outlandish. How Wilder will handle that is a big question.
Wilder is a power puncher. He has knocked out every professional opponent he has fought, almost half in the first round. He stands at a lanky 6’7 with an incredible 83 inch reach. His jab is unorthodox but ultimately successful. He still leaves a lot to be desired by a technical standpoint but his unorthodox nature can also make him hard to predict.
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury Predictions
This fight is the type that seems to have two outcomes. The first is simply that Fury was not ready for this step up in competition and cannot stay away from the punches of a live opponent. Wilder stops Fury and sends the Brit back to the drawing board. The other is that Fury exposes what we have always known about Wilder, that his level of boxing ability is just not up to scratch. He cruises to a decision victory and we all proclaim the King has returned.
I think it is far more likely that Wilder wins here. Fury has looked average at best in his two return fights, against opponents that are nowhere near the level of Wilder. Wilder gets criticised for his level of opposition, but his eight last opponents are all a higher level of opponent than either man Fury has faced in his return. Fury shocked the world when he beat Klitschko, but many have pointed out that an old Klitschko seemed to have an off night against a tough stylistic matchup for him, Wilder should know exactly what Fury plans to do.
It also worries me that Fury has taken on this fight so early. On his return it seemed to be understood that Fury would probably have four fights before getting near to title level, so this rush seems to be a way of giving himself two chances. If he loses this fight, he can still return by proclaiming himself to not be 100%.
The major thing worrying me is the mental warfare that Fury engages in prior to a fight and we won’t know until the night how that has actaully affected Wilder, if at all. The likeliest scenario is surely Wilder winning, it would be considered the least surprising in hindsight after the fight and to boost the odds, I have to go for the knockout that Wilder so often delivers.
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury Betting Tips
Jarrett Hurd vs Jason Welborn Predictions and Betting Tips
Topping the support card for Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury is a clash between Jarrett Hurd vs Jason Welborn for the IBF, WBA (Super) and the lesser regarded IBO light-middleweight title.
Undefeated Jarrett Hurd (22-0) is undoubtedly the star attraction in the bout and he will no doubt be looking at this fight as one to look good in and set him up for bigger names down the line. Despite knocking out 15 of his opponents so far, his last outing saw him edge out Erislandy Lara in a tight split decision victory. Impressive victories over Tony Harrison and Austin Trout are also in his pocket but, in truth, his record looks to be a little padded over than those three victories.
Jason Welborn (24-6) looks like he has a mountain to climb if he is going to claim the World Title at his first attempt at this level. It is all quite the turnaround for a man whose career appeared to be all but over following back to William Warbuton and Craig Cunningham, especially considering Warburton had lost 96 of his 122 contests prior to that bout. However, back to back victories over Tommy Langford has obviously made an impression as he has now been catapulted into this fight for world honours.
Jarrett Hurd vs Jason Welborn Predictions
They say that boxing is all about levels, and on the face of it at least, Jarrett Hurd appears to be levels above his British foe. Hurd is a natural at the weight, carries good power and has the the sort of confidence a fighter gets from an undefeated record.
The chances of an upset seem to be extremely low, especially considering Welborn has only managed to stop seven of his opponents so far and has spent much of his time switching between Welterweight and Middleweight. Given that he is in the Super Welterweight division for this contest, a weight class he has little experience in, it appears to be highly likely that Hurd will win in impressive fashion.
Jarrett Hurd vs Jason Welborn Betting Tips
Jarrett Hurd to Win in Rounds 4-6
Luis Ortiz vs Travis Kauffman Betting Tips and Predictions
Also on the undercard is the man who gave Deontay Wilder his toughest assignment to date, Luis Ortiz, as he bids to put himself back in the world title picture as he squares off against America’s Travis Kauffman.
Luis Ortiz (29-1) has long been regarded as one of the most avoided fighters in the heavyweight division as the talented Cuban has had to bide his time for a shot at the world title. It was quite the statement when Wilder accepted his challenge and although the American eventually managed to stop his opponent, it was not before Ortiz had almost stopped him first. Unfortunately for the 39-years-old, he was not able to step on the gas when he had Wilder hurt and given his age, there is plenty who are wondering if he still has what it takes to reign supreme in boxing’s premier division.
Travis Kauffman (32-2) has plenty of ability in his own right and comes into this contest with a very impressive record. However, even though his initial record looks to be up there with that of his opponent, he has mixed in a different class of opposition and given that his second loss came against Amir Monsour back in March, he does not have much momentum going into the contest. As with many heavyweights, he does have a healthy knockout ratio with 66% of his wins coming by way of stoppage and that certainly suggests his opponent should at least be wary of what is in front of him.
Luis Ortiz vs Travis Kauffman Predictions
Luis Ortiz is undoubtedly the star attraction in this contest and although he is coming off a failed attempt at winning world honours, most people would still include him in the top five heavyweights on the planet at the moment. Nicknamed ‘King Kong’, he has the power to rock any foe but also combines that with an excellent boxing brain. The 39-years-old has been renowned for his counter punching capabilities but faces a race against the clock if he is to win a full world title before time is called on his glittering career.
His opponent, Travis Kauffman, may have a similar record but it has not been with the same class of opponent as ‘King Kong’. Kauffman’s last defeat occurred when challenging for a national title, and even though he returned to winning ways last time out, the fact that it was a majority decision shows that he was hardly the dominating force in that contest.
Luis Ortiz vs Travis Kauffman Betting Tips
Under 7.5 Total Rounds
Joe Joyce vs Joe Hanks Betting Tips and Predictions
The heavyweight action continues on the undercard as Britain’s exciting talent Joe Joyce faces off against America’s Joe Hanks with both fighters looking to move into contention for a world title shot down the line.
Joe Joyce (6-0) may not have that much fight experience in the professional ranks with just six contests on his record so far, but he has been around the game for a long time and was Britain’s pick to go to the 2016 Rio Olympics. Nicknamed ‘The Juggernaut’, Joyce has also sparred most of the top heavyweights in the world and in the run up to this contest, he was a sparring partner for Tyson Fury in Big Bear. Despite rumours of Fury knocking out his countryman, the lineal heavyweight champion of the world has recently admitted this did not occur and it was a very even session.
Joe Hanks (23-2) has had to claw his way up the food chain in a crowded division, but he has the opportunity to make his name known if he is able to see off Joyce when the pair collide on Saturday. Hanks looked to be a real prospect as he served his apprenticeship against the division’s journeymen and he got as far as 21-0 before he stepped up in class. However, that step up in class came against Andy Ruiz Jr, a fighter who was also undefeated at the time, and Hanks was never really in the contest before he was stopped in the fourth round.
Joe Joyce vs Joe Hanks Predictions
Although Joyce initially signed with Haymaker Promotions in the UK, it is hard to build a profile if you are not with one of the big two stables in the country. A change of promoter was always going to be likely, and with he signed with Al Hayman’s Top Rank, it was clear he would be put on the undercard of big American events such as this one. Joyce is expected to go on and challenge for world honours at some point in the next few years so a banana skin contest like this one should only possess the danger of being complacent. Given that he has stopped all six of his professional opponents, he should really be adding a seventh to the list on Saturday night.
Joe Hanks is a good solid opponent who has ambitions of going higher himself, and his healthy winning record means that he is by no means a journeyman. Hanks should come forward initially, but when he gets to taste the power of his opponent, we think that he might just go into his shell a little. Hanks has got back on track since back to back defeats, but his recent opponents have been a step down to that which he suffered a loss to and given that Joyce is also highly regarded, the chances of an upset appear to be low.
Joe Joyce vs Joe Hanks Betting Tips
Under 7.5 Total Rounds