Tyson Fury Betting Favorite to Beat Deontay Wilder for Trilogy Fight in July

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVMay 20, 2021

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MAY 4: Tyson Fury workouts at the Top Rank Gym on May 4, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)
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Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury will conclude their trilogy July 24th in Las Vegas.

Fury (-360) will open as the favorite over Wilder (+250), per the DraftKings Sportsbook, after winning the last fight between the men in Feb. 2020. The first matchup in Dec. 2018 was a draw. 

Wilder, 35, is 42-1-1 in his career, with his only blemishes coming against Fury.

The 32-year-old Fury is 30-0-1 in his career and dominated the last fight vs. Wilder, winning by TKO in seven rounds. It appeared he was headed for a heavyweight title unification bout with Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia in August, though an arbitration court ruled that Fury was contractually obligated to finish his trilogy with Wilder before Sept. 15.

That led to a heated exchange between Joshua and Wilder on Twitter (NSFW language):

TYSON FURY @Tyson_Fury

@anthonyjoshua your more full of shit that Eddie, Spouting absolute shite! your full team knew there was an Arbitration going on, it was out of my hands! but i tell you what if i’m a fraud let’s fight this weekend bare knuckles till 1 man quits? let’s put up 20 mill each!!! 🖕🏻🖕🏻 https://t.co/NbCvwn6YfN

TYSON FURY @Tyson_Fury

not going in to the details on line!<br>you’ll slap me about will you dosser please come and try Bum, i’m waiting... Femi AKA Bottlejob! 24/7 365. Ready. i’ll smoke wilder first then you will get yours aswell. #GK https://t.co/Led1X54PhS

Anthony Joshua @anthonyjoshua

You’re not about that bare knuckle life. <br><br>A barrier held you back, not even a bouncer! 🤣 https://t.co/LI6973nrK2 pic.twitter.com/HvTC4HcOcS

Fury wasn't thrilled with Wilder pursuing the end of the trilogy—albeit the one he was contractually promised—at this moment in time either. 

 "It is what it is," promoter Bob Arum told reporters. "He will take out his frustration and anger on Wilder and he tells me he will knock Wilder out quicker than he did last time."

He added that a Fury-Joshua showdown shouldn't be hard to put together in the future. 

"I don't think it will be difficult after they both win, if they both win, to renew talks," he said. "We have been through it, we know all the ins and outs and it will come together quite quickly. At least that is my hope."

As for Joshua's future opponent, promoter Eddie Hearns told reporters, "The one that springs to mind is the WBO mandatory—Oleksandr Usyk."