Fury fancied to upset the odds against Wilder
Tyson Fury will go head-to-head with Deontay Wilder on December 1 aiming to prove he is the king of the heavyweight boxing scene.
The ‘Gypsy King’ is looking to upset the bookmakers’ odds once again by dethroning the fearsome WBC champion, who has never lost during his professional career.
His victory over Wladimir Klitschko back in November 2015 was expected to be the start of a period of dominance in the heavyweight division for Fury, but things didn’t quite go to plan for the British star.
In October 2016, pending investigation on anti-doping and medical issues, Fury vacated the WBA (unified), WBO and IBO titles,
The British Boxing Board of Control subsequently suspended Fury’s boxing licence and he wasn’t cleared to box again until December 2017.
His weight ballooned during that period, while widely-publicised mental health problems led to concerns about Fury’s wellbeing.
The former heavyweight champion has since revealed that he nearly committed suicide at his lowest point, but he has appeared in superb shape both physically and mentally in the build-up to the clash with Wilder.
Fury has moved his professional career record to 27-0 with victories over Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta since returning to the ring, but it’s fair to say that Wilder will present a much sterner test.
The 33-year-old heads into the contest with a 40-0 record, although he nearly came unstuck in his last bout against Luis Ortiz back in March.
The ‘Bronze Bomber’ had Ortiz down in the fifth round, but was in all sorts of trouble himself in the seventh. The challenger almost finished him off, but Wilder clung on and then turned the fight on its head with a sensational stoppage in the 10th round.
Wilder is famed for his formidable punching power, having finished all but one of his fights inside the distance. With 19 knockouts in the first round the American is a man to be feared, but Fury’s unorthodox style is likely to cause him plenty of problems.
The British boxer bamboozled Klitschko in 2015 and his defensive skills could leave Wilder chasing shadows for much of the contest.
Fury to win by KO, TKO or disqualification is priced at odds of around 11/2 and that looks a solid wager.