By News Team
20th February 2020
The biggest boxing event in recent history is finally upon us as we prepare to watch two of the best heavyweights go head-to-head in the boxing ring as Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury meet in their highly anticipated rematch on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Both will be putting their undefeated record on the line as they fight for Wilder’s WBC world heavyweight title, while Fury’s ‘lineal’ title will also be up for grabs.
The biggest fight in recent history
The first bout between these two in 2018 made history and ended in a controversial manner which split viewers. Fury out-boxed Wilder throughout the majority of the fight, while Wilder knocked Fury to the canvas twice, before it was settled as a draw.
The original fight was important for both men for varying reasons. For Wilder, it was about being the best. He has been doubted for a long time, even when being world champion, as he was accused of ducking Anthony Joshua on multiple occasions. For Fury, the fight marked an incredible comeback from drugs and mental health issues. After beating Wladimir Klitschko to become world heavyweight champion, Fury’s career took a downward spiral and it looked as if the Briton would never fight again. But alas, he returned and challenged the biggest puncher in boxing and nearly defeated him.
What can we expect this time around?
Wilder has been largely criticised for his boxing ability, having to rely more on his punching power. Wilder himself even adds fuel to the fire when saying he only needs to be at his best for two seconds whereas other boxers need to be at theirs for 12 rounds. The American has a strong point, and it’s difficult to argue considering that 41 of his 42 wins have stemmed from knock-outs.
With a knock-out rate of 95.55%, he has one of the fiercest punches in boxing history, and that’s why he’s as short as 5/4 to win by KO, TKO or DQ. However, the lack of raw boxing ability has been noticeable. Firstly when he was given a masterclass by Fury in their previous fight, but also more recently in his second fight against Luis Ortiz. In both fights, however, his power blow got him out of trouble, knocking Fury onto the canvas and knocking out Ortiz. Wilder to knock Fury down at any point is currently 4/5 and it could well be a possibility if Fury were to get caught again.
Fury has been chopping and changing his team since his last win against Otto Wallin. Former trainer Ben Davidson was replaced by Javan ‘SugarHill’ Steward, while legendary cutman Jacob ‘Stitch’ Duran has been recruited after Fury sustained a massive gash against Wallin. Wilder has since stated that he is going to go straight for the injured eye of Fury and hopefully knock him out off the back of reopening the cut, while Fury has also stated his intentions for a knock-out, alluding to the fact that he is working with ‘SugarHill’ for that exact reason.
Fury has said time and time again throughout the build-up to this fight that in round two he will knock Wilder out. Fury has never been known for his punching power, so it will be interesting to see how he approaches this. Fury to knock out Wilder in round two is currently at 66/1.
The big price suggests that Fury is unlikely to follow through with his word. If he does go for the knock-out in round two, he will leave himself exposed to a Wilder onslaught. Fury said himself that he went in for the kill in the 12th round last time they met and that’s what led to his put-down. Wilder to win in the second round is priced at 28/1 and could have value depending on how Fury plays the round out. It will be interesting to see whether this is just a smokescreen for the Gypsy King, a ploy to confuse Wilder. Time will tell.
What the boxing world thinks
Over the past couple of months leading up to this monster fight, many of the boxing world have had their say on who they think is going to win. Former world champion Klitschko has said that Fury’s beating of Wilder will rest on his mental shape, while David Haye has suggested that Wilder is the clear favourite for the fight, stating that the changing of Fury’s corner could be the deciding factor.
Promoter Eddie Hearn has weighed in on the fight and suggested that Wilder will win as he has, apparently, heard certain things from the Gypsy King’s camp. The betting seems to side with him, having Wilder as the 19/20 favourite, with Fury Evens to win.
This is one of the harder fights to call. If it goes the distance, Fury to win on points at 13/8 could be the way to go. However, if Fury tries to go for the knock-out blow, he could leave himself open for that train of a punch Wilder has in his locker.