This Saturday night in Paradise, Nevada, the WBC World Heavyweight title will be on the line as champion Tyson Fury locks horns with challenge Deontay Wilder for the third time in what is being billed as the “Once And For All” fight between the pair.
We have already had plenty of fireworks ahead of the bout, with the pair becoming embroiled in another war of words at yesterday’s press conference, so much so that the traditional head-to-head pictures between the two fighters did not take place.
🗣 “You haven’t denied any allegations”
Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder clash in a war of words ahead of their highly anticipated trilogy title fight on Saturday night 🥊 pic.twitter.com/Mnd797vxJz
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) October 7, 2021
Additionally, the WBC has announced that with Oleksandr Usyk forced to defend his four belts against Anthony Joshua in a rematch, the winner of this Saturday’s bout will be ordered to face Dillian Whyte in a mandatory defense of the title, should Whyte beat Otto Wallin later this month.
All of which seems to set up the future of the heavyweight division rather nicely, but first there is just the small matter of Saturday night’s bout and who will come out on top?
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Fury V Wilder III – The History Of The First Two Fights
The first fight between these two antagonists was as dramatic as it was controversial. Wilder knocked down Fury twice in that fight, the second appearing to be a knockout, only for Fury to recover both times and come back well against the Americah champion.
However, in the remainder of the fight, it was Fury that was very much on top and most experts agreed that even with the two knockdowns against him, Fury had done more than enough to win the fight.
When the judges’ scorecards came in though, it was deemed a draw, with one judge scoring in favor of Wilder, one in favor of Fury and the third having both fighters level after the 12 pulsating rounds of action.
With no clear winner in the official result, a rematch was always likely and a couple of years later the two got into the ring once again for Fury v Wilder II.
Fury V Wilder II – Decisive?
The second bout was more explosive and decisive than the first. Fury took the fight to Wilder from early on and knocked down his opponent in the third and fifth rounds. Wilder struggled to recover from both those knockdowns and was never seriously in the fight.
In the seventh round, Fury once again unloaded a barrage of blows against Wilder, with the champion slumped in the corner and seemingly unable to battle his way back into the fight, his corner threw in the towel to end the bout and Fury was declared the new champion.
Following the fight, Wilder was furious with his corner for throwing in the towel, feeling that he should have “gone out on his shield”.
Wilder had a rematch clause in the agreement for the fight and when negotiations between Fury and Anthony Joshua broke down over a unification bout, Wilder invoked the clause to set up Saturday night’s bout.
Fury V Wilder III – Tips
After his dominant display last time out, Fury is the -286 favorite to win the fight ahead of Wilder who is the +240 underdog, while the draw is +2200.
I have to say that Fury was so dominant in the last fight that it is hard to see how Wilder could get the better of him if Fury adopts similar tactics, and there seems to be no reason why he would not do that, given how effective they were last time the two met.
However, Wilder does have arguably the hardest punch in heavyweight boxing and he will always stand a chance if he can land just one of those big shots. In terms of boxing though, I think Fury is by far the better and smoother operator.
This should be a cracker on Saturday night and for me, Fury should land the win and a shot next at Dillian Whyte.
Tune in on Saturday night to see what happens!