Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder are just days away from the third chapter in their thrilling rivalry. On Saturday, Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) will put his WBC world heavyweight title on the line against Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Wilder is behind in the series with one draw and one loss. The two fought to an epic stalemate the first time out, with Fury surviving two late knockdowns from Wilder. The second fight saw Fury go right after the champion, returning the favor with two knockdowns of his own before the referee waved off the fight in the seventh, giving Fury the title.
The pay-per-view matchup is going to draw plenty of interest in what has been a rocky year for the sport. Here's a look at the latest odds going into Saturday's action.
Tyson Fury: -310 (bet $310 to win $100)
Deontay Wilder: +240 (bet $100 to win $240)
Method of Victory
Fury Points or Decision: +260
Wilder Points or Decision: +1600
Fury KO/TKO: -115
Wilder KO/TKO: +275
Will Fight Go the Distance?
Total Rounds in Fight
Over 7.5: -115
Under 7.5: -105
To be Knocked Down
Will Both Fighters be Knocked Down?
When Will the Fight End
Round 1-3: +500
Round 4-6: +285
Round 7-9: +300
Round 10-12: +550
As the prop bets suggest, this fight isn't likely to go to the cards. Wilder, 35, has knocked out a stunning 93.2 percent of his opponents, per BoxRec. The only people to make it to the judges against him are Fury and Bermane Stiverne, who lost to Wilder by unanimous decision in 2015. Everyone else has been flattened.
While Fury is much more skilled than the long list of fighters Wilder has knocked out in the past, the Bronze Bomber still believes he has what it takes to put him to sleep.
"There's many things that I visualized in the first fight, along with the second, and I didn't execute the game-plan," Wilder said after arriving in Las Vegas, per SkySports.com's Richard Damerell. "But this time around it's just a different feeling. All the way around. The atmosphere. The energy as a whole."
Fury, 33, isn't nearly as prolific when it comes to knockouts, but he showed in the last fight that he has all the tools to overwhelm and punish Wilder. Assuming he's as confident as he was the last time out, the "Gypsy King" will likely go for a similar manner of victory.
The longer the fight goes on, like in their first meeting, the more chances it will give Wilder to get his timing down and potentially send him to the canvas. Fury isn't going to take his chances with the American.
"We both know what we can do, there's no secrets," Fury said, per Reuters (h/t ESPN.com). "I'm dealing with a guy that can knock you out with one punch, and he's dealing with the same."
"When you have the two biggest heavyweights going for it on the biggest stage, you are always in for an exciting night. The heavyweight landscape can change in seconds, and it's up to me to keep it on track and not let it change."
If this one does go to the cards, that almost assuredly means Fury will earn the victory. The first fight did end in a draw, but I think Fury will be more aggressive this time around and build up a bigger margin. If Wilder hadn't gotten a 10-8 round in the 12th with his dramatic knockdown, Fury would have earned a win by majority decision, and there would likely be no trilogy.
Wilder may still end up with the night's best punches, but Fury will prove again he's the better all-around talent and win comfortably on the cards, if it comes to that
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