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Has this fight come too early for Tyson Fury? That is the biggest question as he prepares to challenge unbeaten WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in Los Angeles.

The outspoken 30-year-old was on top of the world when he surprisingly ended Wladimir Klitschko’s dominance of the division in November 2015, but out-of-the-ring issues prevented him from ever defending his crowns and it was not until June of this year that he finally stepped back inside a professional boxing ring.

That night he recorded a farcical fourth-round stoppage win over Sefer Seferi who, in all honesty, had no right being in the ring with a former world champion, and he followed that up with a convincing but unspectacular decision win over Francesco Pianeta in August. Fury claimed afterwards that it was all about getting rounds under his belt against Pianeta, and having been joined by Wilder in the ring it was confirmed that he would be the next challenger to the American’s throne before the end of the year.

“We are two men who will fight anybody,” Fury said. “They called, I answered. I said 'send me a contract', they sent me a contract. I said 'yes' and now he gets his chance to fight the lineal heavyweight champion of the world. I got my rounds here tonight, but one thing I promise when I go to Las Vegas is I'm knocking you the f**k out.”

Wilder, of course, was not going to take that taunt laying down and told Fury that “he had better wake up and apologise” if he ever even dreamed of taking the WBC belt away from him, adding that the former heavyweight champion was going to find out “what it feels like to get hit by the ‘Bronze Bomber’” when the two men finally throw down.

Both men will continue to talk a good fight between now and fight night, but who will leave Los Angeles as the WBC heavyweight champion of the world, setting up a potential mega-money unification scrap with Anthony Joshua next year?

Let’s make no bones about it, Fury is the better boxer out of these two men. When it comes to movement, footwork and defence there is no denying that the British fighter has the edge. But when it comes to raw power, there are not many men on the planet who are in Wilder’s league. In 40 professional outings he has been taken the distance just once, by Bermane Stiverne back in 2015, and when the two men met again in 2017 Wilder was in no mood to put in a long shift. He destroyed the challenger inside a round and the line from Rocky IV sums it up best, “whatever he hits, he destroys”. But can he ‘destroy’ Fury?

For me Wilder is massively overrated. His record of opponents is hugely underwhelming and his technique is dreadful for a world champion. He relies on his violent KO power and size advantage to bully and knockout opponents, and on this night he will be the smaller man for once. The Fury of a couple of years ago would have been a great bet to frustrate and out-point the champion, but after such a lengthy absence from the ring and having faced nothing in the way of a test since returning, can we really expect so see that Fury turn up in LA?

I am not convinced despite Fury’s impressive efforts in shifting the weight he piled on during his absence from the sport. As the fight wears on ring rust and tiredness will creep into his game and when it does he will present the champion with an opening. When that happens I am backing Wilder to take it and improve his perfect record to 41-0.

Expert Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury Predictions

Ex-cruiserweight world champion Tony Bellew on Sky Sports…

“Tyson Fury against Wilder would be over in three rounds, at the most. I don't think he'd ever beat Wilder. Styles make fights but when you're talking about Wilder, no-one knows what he is going to do - because he doesn't know either. I always thought David Haye would beat Fury, because of the styles. Tyson Fury is a vulnerable heavyweight, there's no two ways about that. He is not a big man who can absorb everything. He is vulnerable and he can be hurt, and when you are coming across guys with the speed and explosive power, like Deontay Wilder and Haye, it isn't good.”


Ex-undisputed world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis on talkSPORT’s Hawksbee & Jacobs...

“Tyson Fury’s surprised me in the past. I didn’t think he was going to do that well against Wladimir and he did better than expected. Certain fighters, they rise to the occasion and he seems like one of those fighters. He may have a couple of fights to kind of warm him up to the aspect of jumping in the ring to a big fight, but he always shows up for the big fights.”

Former light-welterweight & welterweight champion Ricky Hatton on Fight Hub TV…

“I've seen Tyson in the gym and from what he's done he beats Wilder all day. He's been absolutely phenomenal in the gym. He didn't quite take it into the ring in the first fight back, but the reasons for that are he had such a long training camp with a lot going on between the ears. He's got the cobwebs out the way now and I see him beating Wilder all day long.”

Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson talking to BadLeftHook…

“I think he could beat Deontay Wilder. He’s just made for the guy, you know what I mean? Tyson’s very awkward and Wilder’s not used to fighting a guy that awkward or that big either.”

Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury Betting Odds

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Will The Fight Go The Distance?

Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury Tale Of The Tape

Two unbeaten heavyweights will fight for the WBC title later this year, but will it be Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury who leaves Las Vegas with the belt and a possible big-money clash with Anthony Joshua next year?

Wilder has amassed a perfect 40-0 record, with 39 knockouts, since making his professional record almost 10 years ago, but during his career one charge that has been levelled against him is the quality of opposition the ‘Bronze Bomber’ has faced.

Fury will not go down as a heavyweight great, but he too boasts an unbeaten professional record and he was the man who finally ended Wladimir Klitschko’s reign over the division before out-of-the-ring issues put his career on the shelf for a couple of years.

Therefore this will be considered Wilder’s biggest test so far, but the American is confident that he will pass the test in the same way he has won all but one of his fights so far.

“[The WBC title] is one thing that Tyson Fury has never had,” Wilder said. “He’s had many belts, but he’s never had the WBC belt. And if he ever thinks about having this belt, he had better wake up and apologise to me because he’ll never have this.

“I can’t wait to fight you because I am going to knock you out, I promise you. You’ve never been knocked out but you’re going to feel the experience, what it feels to get hit by the Bronze Bomber.”

Fury, of course, begs to differ and he has promised to put a ‘1’ in Wilder’s loss column in emphatic fashion.

“We are two men who will fight anybody,” Fury said. “They called. I answered. I said 'send me a contract'. They sent me a contract. I said 'yes' and now he gets his chance to fight the lineal heavyweight champion of the world.

“One thing I promise when I go to Las Vegas is I'm knocking you the f**k out.”

So will Wilder cement his status as one of the two top heavyweight fighters on the planet, or will Fury become a world champion for the second time? We look at how these two fighters stack up with the Tale of the Tape…

Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury Stats

Deontay WilderTyson Fury
40Fights27
40 (39 KOs)Wins27 (19 KOs)
0Losses0
98%KO%70%
123Total Rounds160
6' 7"Height6' 9"
83"Reach85"
OrthodoxStanceOrthodox
32Age30
Current WBC heavyweight
champion.
World TitlesFormer IBF, IBO, WBA (Super)
& WBO heavyweight champion.

Deontay Wilder's Last 10 Fights

DateOpponentResult
March 3, 2018Luis OrtizWin - TKO Rd 10
November 4, 2017Bermane StiverneWin - KO Rd 1
February 25, 2017Gerald WashingtonWin - TKO Rd 5
July 16, 2016Chris ArreolaWin - Retired Rd 8
January 16. 2016Artur SzpilkaWin - KO Rd 9
September 26, 2015Johann DuhaupasWin - TKO Rd 11
June 13, 2015Eric MolinaWin - KO Rd 9
January 17. 2015Bermane StiverneWin - Unanimous Decision
August 16, 2014Jason GavernWin - Retired Rd 4
March 15, 2014Malik ScottWin - KO Rd 1

Tyson Fury's Last 10 Fights

DateOpponentResult
August 18. 2018Franceso PianetaWin - Unanimous Decision
June 9, 2018Sefer SeferiWin - Retired Rd 4
November 28, 2015Wladimir KlitschkoWin - Unanimous Decision
February 28, 2015Christian HammerWin - Retired Rd 8
November 29, 2014Dereck ChisoraWin - Retired Rd 10
February 15, 2014Joey AbellWin - TKO Rd 4
April 20, 2013Steve CunnighamWin - KO Rd 7
December 1, 2012Kevin JohnsonWin - Unanimous Decision
July 7, 2012Vinny MaddaloneWin - TKO Rd 5
April 13, 2012Martin RoganWin - TKO Rd 5

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BOXING BETTING TIPS GUIDE: HOW TO BET ON WILDER v FURY

Boxing continues to be a popular sport to bet on and that is because the bookmakers offer no shortage of markets for every major fight as well as big domestic bust-ups. This wide selection of markets gives you the chance to make a healthy profit when betting on boxing, and here are some of the Bettingpro.com’s favourite boxing betting markets, using the Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury world heavyweight title fight as an example…

Winner

You are simply picking the winner of the fight – it does not matter if the victory comes via KO, TKO or decision. As long as you successfully back the winning fighter, you bet will be successful. Of course, this market is only ever really appealing when the bookmakers are struggling to separate the two boxers.

Method Of Victory

This market is simple – you pick the winner of the fight and how they will win it. By adding the method of victory on to simply backing a fighter, you give the price a nice shot in the arm. Wilder is odds-on at 4/5 to win this fight, but having stopped 39 of his previous 40 opponents you may like his chances of him stopping Fury too, and that is where you can get a bigger price for backing the ‘Bronze Bomber’ because he is 13/8 to win by KO, TKO or Disqualification in this market.

Total Rounds

The Total Rounds market gives punters the chance to bet on how many rounds the fight will or will not last. So, for example, if you believe Fury will win in the last four rounds you could back Over 9.5 Total Rounds at 8/13, and this bet would still be a winner even if Wilder won the fight as long as the bout went at least nine-and-a-half rounds. Alternatively, you may like Wilder’s chances of taking out Parker inside nine rounds and Under 9.5 Total Rounds could be backed at 6/5. And just like the Overs, this bet would be a winner even if Fury won the fight, as long as he stopped Wilder in less than nine-and-a-half rounds. This market covers every round from 1.5 Total Rounds to 10.5 Total Rounds so there are plenty of options.

Round Betting

One of the most popular ways to bet on combat sports is to bet on which round the fight will finish, and this market covers every single round in the fight. The odds can be quite lucrative too because you are pinpointing the ending of the bout down to just one round, so if you like Wilder for a 6th round stoppage you could get odds as big as 16/1, but if you believe Fury will end it in the fifth you can get a price of 33/1. If there is a market where you can make a big profit, it is this one.

Round Group Betting

But perhaps betting on a single round in a 12-round fight is not that appealing to you? If it is not, we highly recommend this boxing betting odds market because it lumps together multiple rounds and you can still get good odds. Some bookmakers will group together three rounds at a time, while others will simply split the fight in half to offer Rounds 1-6 and Rounds 7-12. When it comes to choosing a bookmaker it is simply down to how accurate you want to be with your prediction. Wilder has been taken into the second half of the fight in six of his last eight outings and it is 9/2 that he wins in Rounds 7-12, while if you narrow that down to rounds 9-12, where he has won four of his last seven fights, you can get a bigger price of 17/2.  There are many options and the bigger the grouping of rounds the shorter the odds will get, but even at the shortest price, you can still make a nice profit with a winning bet.

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