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
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