Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury Preview: Ignore The Hyperbole, This Fight Ends With A Fury Points Win Or Wilder TKO
Some say it’s the biggest heavyweight fight since Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson as the consensus No.1 and No.2 go head-to-head in Las Vegas on Sunday morning (GMT). Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury finally run back their dramatic title fight in December 2018 as they once again battle for supremacy.
This was a fight that was first announced in May, though both fighters had a few warm-up fights between them before eventually finalising a date of February 22nd.
We didn’t really learn anything we didn’t know from those fights. Wilder knocked out Dominic Breazeale and Luis Ortiz in devastating fashion, while Fury stopped the overmatched Tom Schwarz and out-pointed Sweden’s Otto Wallin.
It leads me to believe that this fight can only go two ways: either Wilder stops Fury or Fury wins on points.
Wilder’s last performance against Ortiz only gives credence to that notion after the WBC champion spent almost seven rounds getting outclassed by the Cuban who was way ahead on the cards. However, with seconds on the clock in the 7th round, Wilder cocked that lethal right hand back and rammed it through the 40-year-old’s head – ending the bout instantly.
After the match, Wilder boasted about not needing to care about the scorecards given that he possesses the power to end the fight at any given time. It’s those comments, coupled with his fighting style, which would make it borderline impossible to see the American win on points.
As for Fury, he’s been telling anyone that will listen that he’s looking to end the fight within the distance and take the decision out of the judge’s hands. It sounds good but at this stage of his career, the ‘Gypsy King’ isn’t going to develop a new style.
The 31-year-old is in better than shape than he was when entering the first Wilder fight, but he’s never been the fighter who’s pressed the action, feeling more comfortable to box on the back foot instead.
In his last outing, a nasty cut above his eye had Fury in trouble for much of the fight against Walling,
Also, Fury is so far ahead of Wilder in terms of pure boxing skills, he has the ability to avoid that right hands and cruise to a points victory. I suspect, barring any early adrenalin rush where both fighters toss their gameplans out of the window, Fury will revert to what he knows best.
Prediction: Fury will have to pick himself up from the canvas, but he’ll win a unanimous points victory!