Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury Fight Announced; Opening Betting Odds RevealedAugust 18, 2018
Deontay Wilder has opened as a slight favorite ahead of Tyson Fury after Wilder's manager, Frank Warren, confirmed the fight will happen.
According to OddsShark's Scott Hastings, Wilder (-120) is only slightly ahead of Fury (-110) in the eyes of oddsmakers.
Fury earned a decision victory over Francesco Pianeta on Saturday, and Warren wasted little time following the result to get the gears in motion for Fury vs. Wilder.
"We're ready now. This fight will happen," he said, per ESPN.com's Dan Rafael. "This fight is on. The best fighting the best."
The mind games are already on, with Fury holding Wilder's WBC heavyweight title aloft while he walked around the ring, per Boxing on BT Sport:
Wilder is unbeaten in 40 fights as a professional, with all but one of his victories coming via knockout. With Saturday's result, Fury moved to 27-0 in his pro career, having notched 19 knockouts.
While Fury vs. Wilder should be entertaining, many boxing fans are likely looking ahead to a prospective bout between Wilder and Anthony Joshua. A deal looked to be close to finalize the fight, but negotiations ultimately fell through.