Fury The Fave To Win Rematch Vs. Wilder After Controversial Draw

Martin Green

Sunday, December 2, 2018 2:55 PM UTC

Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018 2:55 PM UTC

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder battled to a controversial draw in Las Vegas, but Fury is now the clear favorite to win a rematch.

Tyson Fury has been installed as the clear favorite to win an eagerly anticipated rematch against WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. The pair produced a dazzling spectacle in Las Vegas on Saturday night and it ended in a controversial tie. Fury suffered two knockdowns, but most commentators and experts had him comfortably ahead on points ahead of the judges’ decision. He looked visibly dejected as the result was announced, but both men immediately began talking about a rematch. The sportsbooks made a killing out of the result, and they are already offering lines on the next showdown.

Wilder went into Saturday’s clash as the odds-on favorite after winning all 40 of his career fights, 39 via knockout. But Fury has also never tasted defeat and the former world champion landed more punches than his American opponent and used his jab to devastating effect throughout. The Gypsy King had spent a long time away from the sport, wrestling with personal demons and a drug controversy, but he held his own in the big fight. The books believe that he will finish the job when these titans lock horns once more as he should be in even better physical shape by then.

Leading books such as William Hill and Bet365 make Fury the -150 favorite to win the next match, which does not yet have a date or a venue. Meanwhile, Wilder is now trading at between +110 and +125 after struggling to impose himself on Fury for large portions of the fight.

“I thought he had won it by three rounds,” said Fury’s promoter, Frank Warren. "It is a draw but everyone knows he won it and we will want to do a rematch. How could a fight like this not be a rematch? It is unfinished business. He won that. He won that fight and everyone knows it. In Britain that is an 80,000 [spectators inside a stadium] job. Las Vegas will be drooling for this.”

Fury said he felt he won the fight, despite suffering two knockdowns. Wilder dropped him in the ninth and then floored the Brit with a savage combo in the 12th. Somehow Wilder returned to his feet and finished the fight, leading everyone on social media to compare him to The Undertaker of pro wrestling fame.

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Yet that knockdown, resulting in a 10-8 round in Wilder’s favor, ultimately cost him the win. It ended in a split decision, with one judge ruling in favor of Wilder, one in favor of Fury and the other one, Phil Edwards, calling it 113-113. Irish bookmaker Paddy Power did not hold back in its assessment of the decision: “Tyson Fury. Years out of the game. Struggling physically and mentally. Works his bollocks off. Road to redemption. Fights the unbeaten Deontay Wilder in Wilder’s home country. Clearly wins. Would be one of the greatest comeback stories in history. Phil Edwards: ‘I dunno lol’.”

Fury’s trainer, Ben Davison, was furious after the fight. “Floyd Mayweather walked out this arena disgusted; that says it all,” he said. “To take something away from someone that’s come from hell and back, to ruin the biggest comeback in boxing history, probably in sporting history, that is a disgrace. I’ve calmed down a little bit now but to do that to somebody -- what kind of sick people do you have to be? Honestly disgraceful. Everybody in boxing knows Tyson’s story and we weren’t asking for any bias, we wanted and fair crack of the whip, that’s all we asked for from start to finish and we haven’t got that.”

CBS had Fury well ahead on points and analyst Paulie Malignaggi was incensed, insisting that the judge who scored the fight in Wilder’s favor “should never work in boxing again.”

Yet that is the risk Fury always takes. He is not a knockout specialist like Wilder and he was aiming for a points victory. By that point, you are at the mercy of the judges. Perhaps his team will push for a rematch in England in the hope of getting a more favorable decision next time around. But others on social media pointed out that Fury was given plenty of time to get back up after the second knockdown and that Wilder could have been given a win via knockout. The champion showed signs of his trademark power, but Fury’s counterpunching and slippery nature saw him land more punches and largely frustrate his opponent.

Either way, a rematch seems inevitable, meaning Anthony Joshua must wait for a crack at the winner of that bout. Fury led the post-fight news conference in a rendition of "American Pie," and he is likely to continue providing great entertainment in the buildup to the rematch. Wilder could still knock Fury out in their next meeting. But Fury took Wilder's best shots and climbed back to his feet, so he should go into the rematch full of confidence. Fury to win on points in the next fight will be a popular bet, while many will also cover themselves with the +2500 on offer for another draw.

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