Big fight action will be on the agenda in Las Vegas this weekend, as Tyson Fury defends his WBC and The Ring heavyweight titles in a trilogy battle against Deontay Wilder. It is last chance saloon for the American challenger, but are Fury’s eyes still on his upcoming bout or is he already eyeing a unification fight early in the new year?
Tale of the Tape
|Tyson Fury||Deontay Wilder|
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Fury Looking For Repeat
Many consider Tyson Fury to be the best heavyweight on the planet, and in truth, we have seen very little throughout the British boxer’s history to dispute those claims. While other heavyweights have saw the unbeaten records come to an end, Fury has remained consistent. The Gypsy King avenged the draw that he picked up against Wilder in their rematch back in February 2020.
That performance is revered by many as one of the best heavyweight displays that we have seen in this current era, as he beat the previously undefeated American by TKO in the seventh round. The only disappointment that Fury admitted afterwards was the fact that the finish came as late as it did; something that he admitted that he will avenge this weekend.
Wilder’s Last Chance
Wilder’s defeat in 2020 was certainly a shock to him, and he looked for every possible excuse in the book to remove the blame away from himself. The American blamed his trainers and the weight of the costume, but there will be no excuses or hiding places this weekend. Another defeat, and his position in the main event of huge money main event heavyweight contests could be up in the air. A fourth fight is unlikely to ever happen, while Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua will both have their sights firmly set on Fury.
Wilder’s punch power ensures that this remains an intriguing bout, but the Gypsy King has already come back from the best shot that the American had landed, as he stood up in the 12th round of their contentious draw back in 2018. It remains to be seen whether he has another gameplan or anything else in his arsenal that could turn the tide in his favour this weekend.
How Could The Fight Play Out?
Fury is the clear favourite in the BetXchange betting markets, currently at 3/10. The British star, if at the level as he was in 2020, should have more than enough to get the win. He has the better ring IQ, and has been extremely hard for any opponent that he has been in the ring with to land a shot. Fury’s change of stance to the southpaw was a huge changer in the previous fights, as Wilder just couldn’t deal with it.
Of course, one shot can change anything in heavyweight boxing though, and Wilder will likely come out swinging from the first bell trying to land a big shot. However, we could see this trilogy following a very similar pattern to the last fight, with the only difference being an early knockout for the WBC and The Ring champion.