Can Boxing’s Biggest Puncher (Wilder) Silence Its Biggest Mouth (Fury)?

Martin Green

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 1:00 PM UTC

Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018 1:00 PM UTC

Unbeaten heavyweights Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury are set for a world title fight in Las Vegas on Saturday and there is plenty of betting value on offer.

Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson FuryBest Boxing Pick: Over 9.5 RoundsBest Line Offered: Bet365

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WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is gearing up for the fight of his life as he prepares to head into battle with Britain’s Tyson Fury on Saturday. The Alabama native has won all 40 fights in his glittering career, 39 of them via knockout, and he heads into this contest as the clear favorite. However, Fury also is unbeaten and this should represent the sternest test Wilder has ever faced in the ring. A stark clash of styles should yield an intriguing fight and it is sure to be one of the biggest betting events of the year.

Wilder won the WBC title back in 2015 when he beat Bermane Stiverne of Canada by a unanimous decision at the MGM Grand. Since then he has knocked out seven pretenders to his throne, including Stiverne in a rematch, and he is now the 15th longest reigning world heavyweight champion of all time. He is a phenomenal physical specimen, who blends surprising levels of grace and athleticism with his brutal punching power, and he is the -175 favorite with Bovada to win the fight.

However, Fury will head into this fight full of confidence as he has never tasted defeat. In 2015, he famously vanquished legendary world champion Wladimir Klitschko to seize the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO world heavyweight belts. He had to relinquish them during a lengthy absence from the sport as he wrestled with mental health issues and a drug scandal, and compatriot Anthony Joshua has gone on to seize those titles and emerge as the number one ranked heavyweight in the world.

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Many expected a showdown between Joshua and Wilder this year to yield an undisputed world heavyweight champion, but their teams could not agree a deal. Instead Fury has stolen a match on Joshua by sealing a deal to lock horns with Wilder at the Staples Center in Vegas on Saturday. He made his comeback earlier this year after a two-and-a-half year absence, and he has secured routine wins over journeymen fighters Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta. He may lack sharpness, but Fury insists he is in great shape ahead of this fight. He has shed 10 stone (140 lbs) in order to prepare for the contest, but he is still expected to weigh in two stone (28 lbs) heavier than his American opponent. He will also have a height and a reach advantage over Wilder, and he has the defensive nous to slow the pace of the fight and cause the champion all sorts of problems.

Fury is a colourful character outside of the ring, but he is not exactly a great entertainer inside it. His fight against Klitschko was turgid and he often relies on his defensive ability to grind his opponents down and win via a points decision. He will use his long jab in a bid to keep Wilder at distance throughout the contest. He is the +150 underdog with Bet365 and William Hill, but that is attracting a lot of action in the build-up to the fight.

Wilder is the knockout king, but he has never faced such a tricky opponent as Fury. The Gypsy King will try to slow the pace of the fight down and keep Wilder at arm’s length and it could take the champion a while to size up his foe. Wilder will probably have to knock the Brit out if he is to win the fight, as he arguably lacks the skill and the acumen to outpoint Fury. A Wilder knockout in rounds 7-12 therefore looks attractive at +300 with William Hill and +350 with Betfair. Fury’s strategy is likely to revolve around frustrating the American and grinding out a points win, so it would be surprising to see him pick up a knockout. Fury to win via a decision is +225 with William Hill and that also looks like a good option. It might be worth covering both outcomes: a Fury points win and a Wilder knockout victory in the second half of the fight.

Wilder has not fought many opponents of note – some critics have described his challengers as the Hall of Tame – and he is unlikely to knock out Fury as quickly as he has vanquished others. Luis Ortiz is the best fighter he has faced, and it took him until the 10th round to finish the Cuban off. Fury looks in pretty good shape and he will try to drag this fight out for as long as possible, so over 9.5 rounds looks interesting at -137 with Bet365.

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