After legal action to force the fight, postponements and plenty of controversy, WBC Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury will finally step into the squared circle to face former champion Deontay Wilder for the third time this Saturday, Oct. 9th.
The pay-per-view bout takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada at the T-Mobile Arena after they last fought in February, 2020 with Fury stopping Wilder in the seventh round of their rematch. Their first meeting ended in a controversial draw in December, 2018.
The 35-year-old Wilder of Tuscaloosa, Alabama originally won the WBC belt in January, 2015 with a unanimous decision over Bermane Stiverne. The victory saw him become the first American to win a heavyweight title since Shannon Briggs achieved the feat almost eight years earlier.
Before going the distance against Stiverne, Wilder had knocked out each of his first 32 opponents with none of them making it past the fourth round. His record now stands at a highly-impressive 42-1-1 with 41 of those victories coming by way of knockout.
Wilder successfully defended his title 10 times before Fury captured it last year when the champion was knocked down in the third and fifth rounds and his corner eventually threw in the towel in the seventh stanza.
Before turning pro in 2008, Wilder won a bronze medal in the heavyweight division at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. He’s well known for his power and size as he’s 6-feet-7-inches tall and possesses an 83-inch reach. He’s stopped every opponent he’s faced other than Stiverne and Fury in their first meetings.
However, he knocked Stiverne out in the first round in their 2017 rematch and knocked Fury down in the the ninth and 12th rounds in their first fight. This means Wilder has knocked down each and every man he’s faced as a professional boxer.
Due to his power, Wilder has boxed just 150 rounds since making his pro debut and his current knockout ratio is an incredible 93.2 per cent. Only six of his 41 knockouts came after the sixth round and they all came in his last 11 bouts. Therefore, Wilder’s fights are generally lasting longer these days and that could be a sign that his power is on the decline.
As for Fury, the 33-year-old native of Manchester, England will be defending the WBC title for just the first time and is technically the lineal heavyweight champion as well. He first made a name for himself on the world stage back in 2015 when he earned a unanimous decision over Wladimir Klitschko to win the lineal, WBA, IBO, IBF and WBO titles.
However, he was soon stripped of those belts or vacated them after testing positive for illegal drug use but is still widely recognized as the lineal heavyweight champ. Fury is bigger than Wilder as he has an 85-inch reach and measures 6-feet-9-inches tall, giving him a two-inch advantage in each of those departments.
He steps into the ring with a 30-0-1 record with 21 Kos’ and also turned professional in 2008 after a fine amateur career. He’s boxed 193 rounds since, capturing the English, Irish, British, European, Commonwealth, WBO International, and WBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight Titles along the way.
Fury doesn’t possess as much power as Wilder but still carries around an impressive 67.7 per cent knockout ratio but has been taken the distance in four of his past seven contests. His chin isn’t as sturdy as Wilder’s either as he’s been knocked down twice by Wilder and once by Neven Pajkic and Steve Cunningham earlier in his career.
Most of the controversy surrounding Fury and Wilder stems from the scoring in their first fight, which ended in a draw, as well as the alleged tampering of gloves and illegal tactics by Fury in the rematch. Nothing has ever been proven regarding the glove-tampering accusations but Fury was deducted a point in the fifth round of the rematch.
The oddsmakers at bet365 are currently listing Fury as the favorite to win this weekend’s bout at -300 with Wilder at +240 and a draw at +2200. There are several other wagers available at bet365 on the fight including; method of victory, total rounds, knockdowns and round betting etc.