Oleksandr Usyk is the new united heavyweight champion after a brilliant win over Anthony Joshua on Saturday, which means fans are now eagerly awaiting the next big date on the heavyweight calendar: the trilogy match between WBC heavyweight champions Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder on Oct 9.
Fury and Wilder fought to a tie for the first time in December 2018, a match that ended by a dramatic 12. The pair met again in February 2020 when Fury played the American mixed up in a one-sided affair that ended with a TKO loss for Wilder and a championship belt for Fury.
With Usyk’s victory freshly remembered, many will wonder if another surprise is on offer. That’s up to Wilder, who is an underdog of 240 according to the latest DraftKings odds (as of Sept. 27). Fury is considered a -310 favorite, and for good reason.
We’ve seen Fury and Wilder fight for the majority of 19 rounds now, and Fury has won most of them. Put simply, the 33-year-old is a better all-round fighter than Wilder or anyone in the heavyweight division (though Usyk might have something to say one day).
Fury makes very good use of his 6’9 “frame, controlled the distance behind the jab and locking his opponents in with his long arms when he wants to fend off attacks from the inside. He can throw bombs on the inside or box behind the jab, relying on his footwork and agility. He has too a big defensive head movement. In the second fight against Wilder it was mainly a one-way street, with Fury proving to be unsolvable for the “bronze bomber”.
Wilder, 35, is more of a one-dimensional fighter. He has a uniquely strong right hand and mostly tries to set it up with a probing shot from the left. His strength has resulted in an impressive highlight role with knockouts, but it wasn’t enough to get past Fury.
There s Boxing on BT Sports team all predict the “Gypsy King” will score another stop win against Wilder (it should be noted that the final prediction in the video is from John Fury, Tyson’s father):
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However, not everyone is in Fury’s corner. Joshua recently predicted that Wilder will win the trilogy fight.
“Because you asked the question, we’re going with Wilder because he seems obsessed, like he really wants it,” he said, according to Coral Barry of BBC Sport, adding that the fight will end in a knockout one way or another.
If you think that with enough time, Wilder will find the perfect right-hand opening in knockout, then this could be it Open the time window in the trilogy fight. That’s how dangerous he is. However, Fury is much more adept than Wilder. When he’s in shape and focused we should repeat their second duel.
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