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Wilder v Fury 2 in the UK? Bookies weigh in after controversial draw

Leigh Copson 3 Dec 2018
Tyson Fury (credit:Credit by bettingpro)

Tyson Fury was robbed of the world heavyweight title on Saturday night, and the bookmakers believe he will be denied his dream of a rematch with Deontay Wilder on home soil too.

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Fury survived a couple of knockdowns and looked set to be crowned heavyweight champion for a second time after dominating most of the contest, put fight fans, pundits and bookmakers were left stunned when the judges scored the fight as a draw.

One judge awarded the bout 114-112 in favour of Fury with a second declaring it a 113-113 draw, and while those scores were questionable at best the biggest controversy was the scorecard of Alejandro Rochin who inexplicably called it 115-111 in favour of Wilder.

“To be honest, I've never seen a worse decision in my life,” Fury told reporters. “I don't know what fight they were watching.

“I don't know what he [Rochin] was watching. It's stuff like this that gives boxing a bad name. All the media will report bad stuff. Everyone in boxing saying a bad thing, time and again we see it. He needs banning from boxing forever.

“The world knows who the real WBC champion is. Wilder had a gift decision in his own country. He must be thanking his lucky stars he still has the green and gold belt as that belt belongs to me.”

At the post-fight press conference promoter Frank Warren called for the rematch to take place in the United Kingdom, claiming it would “fill up a stadium”, and Manchester United fan Fury is keen for it to take place at Old Trafford.

But will they get their wish?

The bookmakers are not convinced with William Hill 4/7 that Wilder-Fury 2 takes place in the United States and 6/4 that it goes ahead in the UK or Ireland.

And what about the outcome of a rematch?

Following his impressive performance in Los Angeles the bookies have installed Fury as a 4/6 favourite should the two men meet again, with Wilder a 6/5 underdog and the draw 20/1.

William Hill will be bracing themselves for another big gamble if it does happen, and they will be hoping for a similar outcome in the betting after revealing that only 12% of punters had put their money on a winner not being declared in Los Angeles.

“This fight really captured the imagination of the collective boxing world and as a result was the highest turnover bout of the year so far,” William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly told Bettingpro.com.

“There will be a lot of people who had a punt who will be a bit miffed with the draw as well as plenty who didn’t.”

Latest William Hill Odds


Rematch: 4/6 Tyson Fury, 6/5 Deontay Wilder, 20/1 Draw

Venue of potential rematch: 4/7 United States; 6/4 United Kingdom or Ireland; 12/1 any other location


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