Fury favourite to wreck Wilder dream
The third meeting between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder takes place on Saturday, October 9, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Fury-Wilder III was due to take place on Saturday, July 24, but it had to be postponed after Fury tested positive for Covid-19. Now, this new date will once again have the eyes of the boxing world transfixed on what is sure to be another compelling fight.
Fury will go into the fight as the strong 1/3 favourite with 888sport to win the contest, who have priced Wilder as a 23/10 chance. 888sport are also offering odds of 25/1 for the match to finish in another draw.
What is at stake?
The third fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will see them do battle for the WBC heavyweight title. Fury had been on track to face Anthony Joshua this summer in Saudi Arabia in a fight for the undisputed heavyweight crown in a meeting valued at £200m.
However, that match collapsed when a judge in the US made a ruling that Wilder had the contractual right to a third contest against Fury, scuppering what would have been the biggest match in British boxing history. Joshua recently wrecked any chance of a showdown with Fury after losing to Oleksandr Usyk last month.
Fury and Wilder have history
When Fury and Wilder first fought back in 2018, the fight ended in a controversial draw at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, California. Sports fans will remember the fight mainly for Fury’s unbelievable comeback after being knocked to the canvas. Wilder and the boxing world could barely belive their eyes when Fury rose from the floor with the count nearing completion.
When they last met in 2020, in a fight billed as ‘Unfinished Business’, Fury dominated from the first round at the MGM Grand, eventually stopping the Bronze Bomber in the seventh round to inflict a first career loss on Wilder.
The Gypsy King thought that would be enough to see the back of Wilder, but when the US judge ruled a third fight must contractually take place, the two fighters will be pitted against each other again in a contest that has been billed ‘Once and Fall All’.
The first contest between the men in 2018 pitted the undefeated defending WBC heavyweight champion Wilder, against the undefeated challenger and former WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO heavyweight champion Fury. In front of over 17,000 spectators, both fighters finished the 12 rounds with a disputed draw being declared, which saw Wilder retain his WBC belt.
Afterwards, both fighters thought they deserved to win. Wilder said: “I think with the two knockdowns, I definitely won the fight. We’re both warriors, but with those two drops, I think I won the fight. I came out slow”.
However, Fury thought he had done enough saying: “We’re on away soil. I got knocked down twice, but I still believe I won that fight. I’m being a total professional here. The world knows I won the fight”.
The rematch in 2020 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Les Vegas only lasted seven rounds with the result far less controversial. Fury had already put Wilder on the canvas several times and was leading with all the judges when the fight was stopped. Wilder admitted ‘the best man won on the night’.
What are the fighters career records?
Fury has fought 31 times, winning on 30 occasions with 21 of them being as way of knockout. He has never lost a professional fight and has that one disputed draw against his record, which came against Wilder in their opening contest.
Deontay Wilder has had 44 fights and has enjoyed 42 wins with 41 of them coming as way of knockout. He has had one draw, against Fury, and suffered one career defeat, also against the Gypsy King.
Tyson Fury record
- Total fights 31
- Wins 30
- Wins by KO 21
- Losses 0
- Draws 1
Deontay Wilder record
- Total fights 44
- Wins 42
- Wins by KO 41
- Losses 1
- Draws 1