It seems strange to end the boxing year with what might just be ‘The Heavyweight Fight of 2018’ and it not feature Anthony Joshua. But that’s where we are. With Joshua not long ago having seen off Povetkin and no fight between Joshua and Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder being arranged, it’s left for those two to duke it out themselves. Perhaps for the ultimate prize… A crack at AJ and his belts.
Fury is back from the brink, returning from the wilderness to claim another shot at being the heavyweight champion of the world. He’s lost weight and reminded everyone of his talent when taking Francesco Pianeta to points (somewhat strategically) back in August. This Saturday he takes on Deontay Wilder, a heavyweight with a quite incredible record.
It’s gonna be a cracker. Let’s take a look at what we can expect, eh?
The tale of the tape
|Tyson Fury||Deontay Wilder|
|Wilmslow, Cheshire, UK||Birthplace||Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA|
|June 1988||DOB||October 1985|
When’s it on? And where?
Bad news for those of you that like an early night – or can’t do early mornings – this is a late/early one. The fight is happening on Saturday 1st December. But because it’s being staged in the USA, it’s penciled in to start pretty late. The ring walks for the main event are expected to be around 5am.
The scrap is being staged in the home of the world famous LA Lakers basketball team, The Staples Center. Showtime have the rights to televise the fight and undercard in the States, with BT Sport Box Office showing it over here in the United Kingdom.
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What they’re saying
“Wilder reminds me of Bambi on ice. I’ve seen him fall over a few times as well. The guy tries to land that big punch, but when you’re trying to knock people out with every single punch, then if you miss it becomes a problem and you lose your balance and fall over.”
“Deontay Wilder is a one-trick pony. I don’t need to do anything special to beat him, I just need to be myself. Deontay is going to be looking for one right hand all night. It’s a good trick but we all know what happens when that one trick don’t land, you’ve lost.”
“Years ago, before 2013, I used to take everything bang in the face and use heart and determination to get through everything. When I stepped up in levels I changed my style to boxing and moving. A bit like Muhammad Ali used to do.”
“Wilder is looking for one punch. I’m not.”
“Deontay has been at home, making love to his wife and having nice dinners; I’ve been living in a hole on my own. He’s been playing with his kids and having them jump all over him; I’ve just been training and starving myself. You can’t be playing daddy when you’re training to be heavyweight champion of the world.”
“They’ve bitten off more than they can chew here. They think I’m in it for a few quid, but I could not care less about money. Don’t forget, I picked Deontay Wilder, he did not pick me. I signed a five-fight deal with Frank Warren and could have boxed five bums, but I picked him. I asked Frank to tell them I was coming back just for the money. That’s how he got the fight made. I tricked them into it.”
“They think they’re fighting some fat English idiot. They don’t know what they’ve let themselves in for. He’s made the biggest mistake of his life letting me talk him into this fight.”
“This fight means everything to the heavyweight division. This division was once in a dark place. A lot of people considered the division boring and not entertaining and not enough great fighters. You know, people always look back at the past and say, ‘Where are the golden days? Where has it gone?’ And now today’s era is different… We’ve brought the sport back to life in the heavyweight division.”
“We all know with me it comes with power and with knockouts. And that’s what I do. I get you guys motivated and I get you guys inspired to come and see a heavyweight fight. Because what you guys come to see in a heavyweight fight is a knockout. And I deliver that each and every time. Like I’ve said before, when I say I promise you, I promise you I’m going to knock out the Gypsy King, as well.”
“I’m the one who brought him back. I’m the one who encouraged him when he was in that dark place. I told him, ‘You can do it.’ I dared him to come back. I dared him for this very moment. I want him to have confidence. I want him to have energy. As you can see, that’s nerves. That’s all nerves. Because he knows what’s going to happen. He knows his face is going to get smashed in. And he knows his body will be on the pavement. Let him burn out this energy. It’s entertaining. Because when we get in the ring he’s gonna be all by himself and his demeanor will change. His mannerisms are going to change. He’s so nervous right now. He don’t know what do to with himself.”
“Don’t give people false promises. I was born off of false promises and got nothing for free. I promise I’m going to knock you out. I speak it, believe and receive it and it’s mine. I don’t have to show so much energy, baby.”
What the experts are saying
Everyone in the sport has got an opinion on this fight…
David Haye: “Wilder has pretty much had a perfect three years whereas Tyson Fury hasn’t. If I was a betting man I’d go for the consistency in Wilder.”
Lennox Lewis: “Fury always shows up, I’m not going to shortchange him on this one so I believe he should be ready for this one, he’ll be ready for Deontay.”
Ricky Hatton: “Tyson has been hit and I think if this fella hits him with his right hand I think he will go down and won’t get back up. If you asked me where the last pound was going, though? I’d say absolutely Tyson Fury.”
Nathan Gorman: “Tyson is just a natural talent, and I do believe he will make Wilder miss and make him pay.”
Rocky Fielding: “Fury knows what he’s doing, he’s a good fighter and he can make you fight the way he wants to.”
Carl Frampton: “I think Fury’s movement will cause problems. Its hard to write him off, I hope he wins… I just fancy Wilder.”
Josh Warrington: “Wilder might just pip him, he’s been more active over the years and a bit fresher.”
The experts and pundits might be split as to who they think will emerge victorious on Saturday night, but there’s a serious consensus with the bookmakers. They see Wilder as the odds-on favourite here. The Bronze Bomber is best priced 8/13 to win on the night, with Fury available at 13/8. The draw’s best-priced 33s.
Wilder is Evens to win by one of his trademark KOs, with Fury to spark out for the win a pretty huge 7/1. It’s 5/2 for Fury to win by decision and the same odds on a points victory for his opponent.
How we think it’ll go
Deontay Wilder is no bum. But he’s no great, either. The man has punching power, there’s no denying that. He doesn’t quite have the technique of Fury, however. Wilder can KO Fury. The other way round? We can’t see it. If Fury’s going to win, he’s going to have to do so on points. And who can rely on points victories away from home…?
That said, it’s how we see it going. Fury will suck up the big hits and outbox the Alabama man to the point that a panel of judges can’t possible tip the nod to Wilder. We’re backing Tyson Fury to win on points (at 5/2). You could do worse than throw a tiny stake at that 33/1-priced draw too. It’s not hugely likely, but we’re confident it’ll be decided by the judges and 33s for them to be unable to split ’em? That’s BIG.
This event at Rileys is a ticket only affair, with any unsold tickets available for purchase on the door on Saturday night. Don’t miss out and end up disappointed, though – book your tickets NOW! Tickets range slightly in price, depending on which is your nearest Rileys.
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