Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder
Boxing: Saturday December 1, 2018 (Staples Center)
The Line: Wilder -181 / Fury +164 -- Over/Under: 9.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury fight Saturday at the Staples Center for the WBC heavyweight title.
Deontay Wilder enters this fight with a 40-0 record that includes 39 knockouts. This will be Wilder’s four fight since 2017, and he’s coming off a March win over Luis Ortiz. Wilder was tested for the first time in his career, as he was close to being knocked out and given his first loss in the mid rounds against Ortiz. Wilder found a way to dig deep and get the victory, and he’ll defend his belt for an eighth straight fight. Wilder is a 33-year-old American who stands at 6’7”, has an 83 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Wilder has now produced stoppages in each of his last seven fights and 10 of his last 13 fights have ended in the ninth round or earlier. Wilder is super athletic with terrific length and is built unlike any boxer in the sport, as his combination of size and strength is simply unreal. Wilder is all punching power, as he swings for the fences whenever he throws and it’s paid off considering all but one of his fights have ended in stoppage. Wilder is fun to watch whenever things are going well and it’s pretty much over once he starts landing combinations. However, Wilder can be a bit sloppy, as he doesn’t have the best footwork and his defense has holes. The good news is Wilder showed in his last bout that he can take a punch. This will be Wilder’s seventh career fight in California.
Tyson Fury enters this fight with a 27-0 record that includes 19 knockouts. This will be Fury’s third fight this year, and he’s coming off a August victory over Francesco Pianeta. Fury was in much better shape in his second fight since 2015, and he got a much needed 10 rounds under his belt. Fury landed a good number of power punches and mentioned that he wasn’t going for the quick stoppage, as he had to prove his conditioning was improving. Fury has boxed 14 rounds this year and has to like the progress he’s made with his weight loss. Fury is 30 years old, stands at 6’9”, has an 85-inch reach and an orthodox stance. At the top of his game, Fury puts together crisp combinations and throws every punch with a purpose, and he throws ridiculous power shots. Fury has great footwork, moves well for his size and has great punch selection. It’s going to take a fight like this to prove Fury is capable of returning back to the top of the sport given the weight gain and the lengthy absence, but he’s made considerable progress over these last few months and always has a shot at a win based on his raw power. A win here proves Fury is still one of the elite heavyweights in boxing. This will be Fury’s second career fight in the United States.
It’s not often you see a boxer bigger and longer than Wilder, but Fury has a size advantage in this fight, which gives him a punchers chance. Fury is also the more polished boxer with better footwork, movement and defense. I’ve said before that Wilder is overrated, his resume isn’t the best and he simply wins just by ambushing lesser fighters with power shots. Put a technically sound boxer in the ring who can defend and counter well, and Wilder is in trouble. Heck, Wilder was on the ropes against an old Ortiz in his last bout. With all that said, I can’t pick Fury. He was that guy years ago, but the time away from the sport, the lack of competition and the condition issues that don’t go away with just 14 rounds, I highly doubt he’s going to all of a sudden beat a physical machine with ridiculous power in Wilder.
Fun fight with great power shots, but the American remains unbeaten.