Boxing: All you need to know for Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder III

06 October 2021 05:31:10 GMTPlus11

Read our comprehensive preview of the third fight in the Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder trilogy.

What is the significance of the bout?

The third fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder has come about after a US judge ruled that Wilder was contractually owed a third fight with Fury, who won his WBC heavyweight title against Wilder in their second fight in February 2020.

The fight will signify the end of an unusual boxing trilogy. From Ali-Frazier to Gatti-Ward, famous Boxing trilogies are normally necessitated by each fighter picking up a win in two bouts, before an ultimate decider.

With the first fight ending in controversy as a split draw in December 2018 and the second a demolition job by the ‘Gypsy King’, Wilder is yet to taste any real success against Fury under the bright lights.

As the world awaited an all-British undisputed heavyweight title bout between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, an ongoing arbitration case between Fury and Wilder ruled in the Alabama man’s favour.

As a result, Fury and Wilder are set to mix it up for a third time in Sin City.

What are their records?

Tyson Fury – 31 fights, 30 wins (21 KOs), 1 draw

Deontay Wilder – 44 fights, 42 wins (41 KOs), 1 draw, 1 defeat

Where is the fight taking place?

The fight is taking place at the T-mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Fury last fought here against Otto Wallin in September 2019.

The fight was originally due to take place at the Las Vegas Raiders stadium.

What time is the fight?

The fight was due to take place on Saturday July 24th but had to be delayed due to Tyson Fury and members of his team contracting Covid-19.

The fight is now scheduled for Saturday October 9th.

Who is fighting on the undercard?

• Robert Helenius vs Adam Kownacki
• Efe Ajagba vs Frank Sanchez
• Robeisy Ramirez vs Orlando Gonzalez Ruiz
• Edgar Berlanga vs Marcelo Estaban Coceres
• Jared Anderson vs Vladimir Tereshkin
• Julian Williams vs Vladimir Hernandez
• Viktor Vykhryst vs Mike Marshall

The odds

Tyson Fury is the overwhelming favourite to win at 1.33 and thus retain his WBC crown.

Should you fancy the upset, Deontay Wilder is priced at 3.40 to defeat the Gypsy King and send shockwaves through the heavyweight division.

The potential value pick is Fury to win on points at  3.60.

Although he got the stoppage last time against Wilder, Fury is traditionally a craftsman and predominantly a technician. Wilder carries unearthly power in his right hand and there is every chance Fury will stick behind the jab and use his speed to nullify Wilder’s threat.

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Fury the clear favourite…

It is not hard to make an argument for Tyson Fury winning this fight.

The manner in which Fury took Wilder apart back in February 2020 was nothing short of astonishing. “Styles make fights” is perhaps the most used boxing cliché, yet in this case it could not be any more apt.

Fury fought his way to the top of the heavyweight mountain through unparalleled boxing IQ, footwork, head movement and speed for a man who stands at 6 foot 9 inches. He has always carried a decent amount of power by virtue of his extraordinary size although he has never been thought of as a “puncher” by any stretch.

Under pressure, we see most boxers revert to type. Against both Wladimir Klitschko and Deontay Wilder in their first fight, Fury put on an absolute clinic and boxed each champion’s head off at times.

Things were different when Fury and Wilder met for a second time 20 months ago.

Fury’s last bout against Wilder was emphatic. Before the fight, Fury had made some changes in his corner and brought in Sugar Hill Steward from the decorated ‘Kronk’ gym. He spoke before the fight about knocking Wilder out, but no one was expecting that to form his central strategy.

Fury came out against the most vicious puncher in boxing and met him in the centre of the ring. Fury dominated the fight and stopped Wilder in the seventh round.

Fury has shown he can outbox Wilder. Fury has emphatically demonstrated he can knock him out.

Many intrigued onlookers will tell you the smart money is on Tyson Fury, as previous evidence points towards the Gypsy King.

Don’t count out Deontay

You won’t find anyone on planet earth with more dynamite in their right hand than Deontay Wilder. What he lacks in schooling, technique and panache he more than makes up for with truly terrifying power.

The problem for Deontay Wilder against a boxer as accomplished as Fury has been crafting an opportunity to detonate this deadly weapon.

The Bronze Bomber from Alabama will be hoping that switching out Jay Deas for former heavyweight contender Malik Scott in his corner will help equip him with the necessary toolset to set up his big right hand.

If he can land one of his trademark blows, Fury will likely be hitting the canvas.

The question is… Will he be able to get up again?

Rule Wilder and the most devastating weapon in boxing out at your peril.

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