Fury vs Wilder: The History and a Preview of Fight III
On the 10th of October at 4 am, Nigerian time, Tyson Fury is set to take on Deontay Wilder in the 3rd installment of their fight at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada. The Trilogy fight is aptly named Once and for All in a fight that is expected to decide once and for all who is the better boxer between the current WBC Heavyweight Champion and the former WBC Heavyweight Champion and hopefully end once and for all the trash-talking and war of words between both boxers.
The first fight between Fury and Wilder took place in December 2018, and judges decided the fight was a draw despite Wilder handing Fury two knockdowns during the bout. The Judges decision on a draw between the two was controversial and split camps in the boxing world. Deontay Wilder was Heavyweight Boxing Champion at the time and retained his title after the fight.
In the second fight which took place in February 2020, Fury won a fiercely contested bout in the 7th round through a technical knockout and claimed the MBC Heavyweight title and The Ring Magzine Heavyweight title previously held by Deontay Wilder.
Wilder shocked the boxing world when days after his fight he rolled out a litany of excuses in a video posted on Twitter as to why he lost the fight against Fury.
He said “I highly believe you put something hard in your glove. Something the size and the shape of an egg weight. It’s the reason why the side of my face swelled(sic) up in an egg weight form and it left a dent in my face as well.” He continued “But in the midst of it all, you still couldn’t keep this king down. You would have had to kill me. In the end, it took a crab in the bucket referee and a disloyal trainer to throw the towel in just to stop me.”
Deontay Wilder also blamed the weight of the suit he wore. “He didn’t hurt me at all, but the simple fact is that my uniform was way too heavy for me.”
The road to the third fight is happening after a series of events starting with Wilder’s team initiating the rematch clause in March 2020, agreement on a fight for December 2020, a postponement to February 2020 and Wilder subsequently walking away from the fight claiming the rematch clause had expired and then began a negotiation with then WBA, IBF and WBO Champion Anthony Joshua on a unification fight. However, both teams went into arbitration and the judge ruled that the fight between Fury and Wilder must take place no later than September 15, a July 24th date was agreed. However, Fury tested positive for COVID-19 in early July and another date of October 9th was agreed on.
Ahead of the Trilogy fight, both fighters have been talking to the press and throwing subliminals at each other.
Tyson Fury said “I’m the last man standing between me, Deontay and Anthony Joshua. I’m the final one undefeated. I’m the two-time heavyweight champion, and I’ve never lost a fight. That’s history.”
Wilder on his part says “I don’t have anything to prove. I’m in a great place and in an excellent state of mind. I have a lot of great people around me. This fight is about redemption, retaliation, and retribution.”
What can we expect from Tyson vs Wilder 3
Wilder has a knockout rate of 98%, knocking out every opponent he has defeated. Regarded in some circles as a street boxer and a brawler due to his fierce approach in the ring, Wilder is going to be fighting with a lot of power and raw energy. We’re going to see the Bronze Bomber throw very well-timed, decisive punches with a lot of power at Fury. We expect to see Wilder use his lead hand to distract Fury with a jab or left hook to set up a power punch. He will also set up to obscure his opponents’ vision while he follows up with a right cross that his opponent will not see coming. The right cross is something Wilder uses extremely well, and his past opponents have taken a good beating when he has used it. Wilder uses the tactic of breaking the opponent’s guard with his left hand and swiftly following it up with a right-hand cross.
Tyson Fury is quick on his feet, fast with the bobbing and ducking of punches and dances around the ring a la Mohammed Ali. While we don’t expect anything to change after an extended period of training with Sugar Hill, we’re eager to see how much Sugar Hill could impact on Tyson’s appearance in the ring vs Wilder. What will make this fight an interesting watch like all the other Tyson vs Wilder fights is that Tyson is a defensive boxer while Wilder is an attacking boxer. He makes good use of body feints and body movement to keep his opponent guessing and that might be a challenge for Wilder to time his punches and land heavy ones like he usually does.
All in all, we expect an entertaining top-rate fight that could go down the wire. Defending Champion Tyson Fury is priced at 1.27 odds and challenger Deontay Wilder is priced at 3.40. Which fighter are you going to be backing?
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