In what will likely go down as the biggest boxing fight of 2018, Tyson Fury is set to square off against Deontay Wilder in a heavyweight bout with Wilder’s WBC belt on the line. The fight is set for December 1, 2018 at the Los Angeles Staples Center and with tickets selling out just 3 minutes after going online, expectations are for an explosive end to a great year of superstar boxing events.
But given that both Fury and Wilder are heavyweight champions with undefeated records, who is more likely to win between the pair when the bell rings and they go toe to toe? With different approaches to boxing and control of the ring, it’s a tough fight to call that could go either way. Still, that shouldn’t leave us without an informed opinion: after all, we can look at their past performances to see how they’re likely to stack up against one another.
According to Odds Checker, the bookies currently back Deontay Wilder to win with 4/6 odds from Sky Bet and Ladbrokes, whereas Fury’s best odds come by way of Betfair and Paddy Power, currently offering 6/4 on the 6ft 9in Gypsy King. With the gambling world backing Wilder over Fury, what are the opinions of the experts out there?
One potentially valuable source of information might be Vladimir Klitschko: former heavyweight division champion who ruled the ring with a decade of dominance. In an interview with Express, Klitschko was unable to make a firm prediction: all he could state is that he was excited for the fight and felt that the two would put on a hell of a battle.
Elsewhere in the sport of boxing, Bones Adams, Winky Wright, Lamon Brewster and Evander Holyfield all back Deontay for the victory, whereas those who think Fury will prevail include Elena Reid, Ronald Gavril and Ricky Hatton. With neither fighter being given a clear-cut road to victory from the bookmarkers or the experts, the December 1 bout is set to be a winner for the fans at the very least.
The biggest factors that will likely make or break the ability for Fury to be victorious over the WBC heavyweight belt holder include his return to fitness after dramatic weight gain, ability to keep distance from Wilder’s deadly knockout swings and speedy reactions to bob and weave whenever he manages to close the distance. Fury has long been an awkward fighter with good head movement and an evasive skillset: the win condition for Wilder will be his ability to land thumping shots and to end the fight before it goes to the judge’s scorecards and to stay away from the best adult sites to keep himself in top form..
For us, if Fury has managed to keep his weight loss consistent and still has the same evasive prowess as he displayed against Klitschko, we’re backing him for the victory by unanimous decision. Wilder’s window of opportunity will likely come in the first 6 rounds: if he hasn’t managed to knock out Fury before then, the likelihood of remaining undefeated will slip significantly.
Prediction: Fury by unanimous decision, 118-110, 116-112, 116-112.