The fascinating feud between Tyson ‘The Gypsy King’ Fury and Deontay ‘The Bronze Bomber’ Wilder will reach its conclusion this weekend as the two heavyweight superstars clash for a third and final time. Las Vegas will play host to this thrilling heavyweight contest and with the previous two fights providing such drama, this is a fight that should not be missed.
When these two first met in November 2018, Deontay Wilder was the reigning WBC heavyweight champion and was obliterating all challengers. The American was utterly dominant during the early years of his reign and although his boxing skills were always doubted, his devastating punch power never was. Until he met Tyson Fury.
Despite dropping Fury twice, Wilder couldn’t keep Fury down and the fight was ultimately called a draw after twelve fascinating rounds. The fallout from the first fight was controversial with many believing Fury had done enough to claim victory. Sense soon prevailed and fourteen months later, the two heavyweight giants were once again facing off, although the result this time was much more conclusive.
In a packed MGM Grand Arena, Tyson Fury displayed one of the most memorable heavyweight performances of all time and destroyed Wilder within seven rounds against all odds. He dropped his fierce rival multiple times and dominated the fight for every single second and was crowned WBC heavyweight champion for his efforts. For most, it proved Fury to be in a class above Wilder, but The Bronze Bomber found several excuses and due to those, we find ourselves here for a third (and final) time.
Tyson Fury is considered by many to be the best heavyweight on the planet and his record of 30-0-1 (20KO) backs up that claim. The Brit has claimed every belt possible during his boxing career and at 33, he is still at peak of his powers. However, despite his punch perfect performance in the last fight, he will know he needs to be at 100% once again to close this chapter for good.
For Deontay Wilder this fight is simply a redemption mission. The 2008 Olympic medallist feels that he was wronged in the second fight and despite plenty doubting his accusations towards Fury, he remains focused on claiming the ultimate revenge. As mentioned earlier, Wilder enjoyed incredible success before he bumped into Fury and although many are now writing him off, he can win this fight if Fury is not 100% focused.
As you would expect, Fury starts as the (4/11) favourite with Wilder priced at (12/5). It is impossible to forget the performance from The Gypsy King in the second fight and he deserves to be favourite, but Wilder will always have freakish power and he has proved in the past he can hurt Fury, which makes him a very dangerous man to bet against.
The bonus for Fury is that he has now spent almost nineteen rounds in a boxing ring with Wilder and he has taken that surprise factor away from his greatest rival. Fury is a masterful tactician and he will head into this contest with confidence that he can predict the moves of Deontay Wilder. Nobody can deny that Fury is the superior boxer here and if he chooses to display those skills, it could be difficult for Wilder to have any real success.
Stylistically, this will always be a tough fight for Wilder but this feels like a defining moment for him. If he was to lose again it would put an end to his time at the top of the heavyweight division but he won’t be prepared to let that go easily. With so much on the line, the former champion will look to start fast and end this one inside the first six rounds.
Fury has nothing to prove heading into this fight and he is the better boxer so don’t be surprised to see him use his lateral movement and boxing ability to frustrate and nullify his great rival. It is not often heavyweight fights go the distance but it is not often you have a fight that has this much on the line either.
All things considered; this fight might not be the entertaining spectacle many hope for but Tyson Fury should retain his WBC crown with the help of the ringside judges.
PROFIT/LOSS (OCTOBER 2021): LOSS -6.58 points
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