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Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury – Predictions.

 

Saturday December 1st sees one of the most eagerly anticipated fights of the year take place as WBC Heavyweight Champion, Deontay Wilder, takes on the Lineal Heavyweight Champion, Tyson Fury, as both men put their unbeaten records on the line in Los Angeles.

Now that the fight is edging closer, we here at BBB have asked selected figures from the world of boxing for their predictions and thoughts about this colossal clash.

From fighters, to trainers, to fans and journalists, you’ll find them all below:

 

Darren Reay – Unbeaten Junior Welterweight prospect training out of the MTK Newcastle gym. (4-0-1)

“It has to be Fury points for me; he will box his head off. I’ve never really rated Wilder and I think even a 60% Fury completely bamboozles him. Because I’m feeling brave I’ll also throw the possibility of a late stoppage in the mix, rounds 9-12”

 

Francesco Patera – EBU European Lightweight Champion. Francesco defends his title against Marvin Petit on 16th February 2019 in Belgium. (20-3-0)

I have to say I believe Fury will win this by UD. He looks really sharp and motivated and I think he’s the more skilled fighter”

 

Jono Carroll – Unbeaten Irish Super Featherweight contender. Jono fights Guillame Frenois in a final eliminator in Sheffield on December 8 (16-0)

Hi lads how are you? To be honest I think Tyson took this fight very early and that just shows the type of man he is. I wouldn’t say too early but I think he’s going to outbox Wilder and I just see Tyson doing his thing. He’s very skilful for a big man but on the other hand Wilder has that punch power and we have seen Tyson down before. Therefore I think Wilder’s only chance is if he knocks Tyson out. I think the man who will walk away with the win and the belt will be Tyson. He has shocked the world before and he will do it again. Trust me.”

 

Luke Cope – Hartlepool based unbeaten super lightweight prospect (2-0)

 “I think Fury wins on points and will totally outbox Wilder in my opinion. Wilder is too stiff and clumsy but obviously he has that one punch KO power so you can’t write him off but I definitely think that’s his only chance.”

 

Robbie Davies Jr – British & Commonwealth Super Lightweight champion (17-1-0) 

“I’m saying that Wilder will take the centre of the ring early but not do a great deal as Fury will be feinting and moving. I feel Wilder will have his best rounds early on with unorthodox shots but i feel once Fury settles and gets in to his rhythm he will win on points. I don’t think there’ll be too much action in the fight however”

 

Miles Shinkwin –Light Heavyweight contender. Miles boxes for  the English Light Heavyweight title against Joel Mcintyre in London on 1st December. (14-4-0)

“I think that the Fury of 2/3 years ago would’ve been a heavy favourite but with the way he’s treated his body over the past few years you can’t favour him now. I definitely think he’ll cause Wilder a lot of problems and will probably be ahead on the cards at the halfway mark but ultimately 12 rounds is a long time to stay away from the power that Wilder has. I’m going for a Wilder stoppage around round 8 but hoping the Englishman can do it. It would be a great story for how he’s turned his life around and found sanctuary in the gym”

 

Scot Norman – Friend and contributor to British Boxing Blog (@ScotBNC)

I don’t think this version of Tyson Fury can possibly be as talented as the pre- Klitschko version of Tyson Fury, who would have soundly boxed Wilders head off for 12 rounds. I can see Fury boxing well early on, frustrating and maybe embarrassing Wilder for around 6-8 rounds. Then when the inevitable happens and he slows down, he will eventually get caught and rocked. Wilder is a great finisher and once he has you hurt, it is usually the beginning of a violent end. Fury isn’t ready for Wilder yet so quickly into his comeback, and will get stopped in the later rounds after looking good early doors.”

 

Craig Scott – Boxing Writer for Boxing Social, Boxing Monthy & FightTalk (@craigscott209)

“I’m struggling to see what Fury brings to this fight other than exceptional weight-loss. He is a naturally gifted and intelligent fighter and, during his peak, he would have played with Deontay Wilder. I want him to win and I’d love him to school the brash American. However, the two comeback fights were stinkin’ and he looks drained and old during this camp, despite the rumours of excellent sparring. I hope Tyson has what it takes, but I reckon he loses the fight potentially on points”

 

Sunny Edwards – WBO European Super Flyweight Champion. Sunny defends his title on 15th December in Essex. (9-0)

“It’s a tough one to call to be honest. If the Fury who beat Klitschko gets in the ring then I can’t see Wilder getting to him.  However I’d have to say Wilder is the favourite going into the fight with his recent form but I really hope Tyson does him.”

 

Troy Williamson – Unbeaten Middleweight fighter, signed to Frank Warren’s promotion stable (7-0-1)

“People may call me stupid but don’t be surprised if you see Tyson Fury stopping Wilder late if Wilder comes in throwing punches like he is doing front crawl like we have seen before. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if Fury catches him, puts him over and stops him.”

 

Jazza Dickens – Former British Super Bantamweight champion, now boxing out of America on the hunt for a world title (25-3-0)

Tyson Fury has come too far in his own journey to lose to someone else”

 

Jake Ball – British Light Heavyweight Contender (12-1-0)

“For me, even though Tyson has been inactive, I can see him winning this fight on points”

 

Steve Wraith –Pro Boxing North East promotor/manager

I can see a cagey start from both fighters in the early rounds with some showboating from Tyson, however I do believe that Fury will do enough to win by two clear rounds.”

 

Reece Bellotti – Former Commonwealth Featherweight champion. Reece will fight Ryan Walsh for the British Featherweight title on 22nd December  (13-1-0)

“My gut feeling is that Fury is going to do it. The fury of old wins comfortably but we just don’t know how much of his old self he is. As a Fury  fan I really hope he wins as it makes for some interesting build ups and possible fights in this country with AJ, depending on rematch clauses etc, but either way it should be a very entertaining fight and one that I am very much looking forward to watching.”

 

Kieran McIvor – Friend of BBB.

“I think it will be a very cagey fight, possibly quite ugly at time, with both fighters being cautious early on. I don’t think it will be a FOTY by any means but I believe Fury will come through with a large points win.”

 

Tom Dallas – Sauerland Promotions

“Wilder is often a slow starter. I would expect Fury to control the fight in the early rounds with his feints, making Wilder react to him and then picking him off. The early rounds could be quite cagey with Fury doing the better work. I believe Wilder has an underrated boxing brain. Like I said, he’s a slow starter and gives away a lot of the early rounds. But during these early rounds he’s working out his opponents’ feints and patterns. He gave up the early rounds vs Ortiz, Washington and Szpilka before you working out their patterns, then timing them with heavy KO blows. However, it must be said that Fury is much more difficult to read and figure out compared to Wilder’s previous opponents. Fury’s switch-hitting, constant feinting, tempo changes, etc will make it more difficult for Wilder to figure out. Klitschko worked out Fury’s pattern of ducking his straight right hand after Klitschko tried to set it up with a probing double jab. Later in the fight, Klitschko picked up on this and landed a few flush right hands whilst Fury was trying to duck them. Wilder is also capable of picking up on these patterns. It’s a fascinating fight, and very difficult to predict. I believe a 100% fit Fury would be able keep Wilder at bay for 12 rounds, but I’m not sure he is 100%. His flexibility and mobility from the waist has not been the same in his comeback fights. I’m a huge Fury fan so I’d absolutely love for him to win. But if I was pushed to say… I would expect Fury to outbox Wilder and win the early rounds, but Wilder to then become more settled and come into the fight in the middle rounds, after picking up on Fury’s feints and patterns. And then finding yet another knockout in the second half of the fight. Prediction: Wilder stoppage rounds 7-9″

 

Martin Theobald – New Age Boxing 

“I won’t be breaking any new ground by stating it depends on the version of Tyson Fury that turns up, however it stands true. For me, the words of Tyson’s father when interviewed by IFL were telling. Remarkably candid, John Fury gave away an awful lot that laid enough seeds of doubt about Fury 2.0 to make me think this won’t be his time. There were two which stood out. Firstly, and perhaps most significantly, he questioned the timing of the fight in Tyson’s career. Why take it now? Why not build up the ring time, take on a Bellew, Chisora or Whyte before this giant leap? Why give Wilder that exposure of the returning champion travelling over when in reality, his options were otherwise non-existent? Secondly the Trainer issue. John stopped short of saying that he doesn’t have faith in Ben Davison, but he also didn’t lavish the young man in praise. Then there are questions over the tactical nous held within the corner (offset perhaps by the presence Freddie Roach and Ricky Hatton). The biggest fight Davison has lead the corner in to date was an uninspiring (albeit short notice replacement) job for Billy Joe Saunders against Akavov. That night Saunders scraped the win, but it did nothing to make you believe Davison could influence an outcome. It is unquestioned that he has worked wonders to get Tyson in condition both mentally and physically for the opportunity, but is that where his skillset ends, as a motivator? We haven’t seen anything to suggest otherwise as yet. With John Fury himself not being there through the fight week build up you have to be concerned for the mindset of Tyson. It is well documented how John was a warrior in Germany when Tyson overcame Klitschko; battling on all fronts with the Ukranian’s team and taking the heat off of Tyson himself. Also as his father, you suspect John is one of the few who can have a psychological impact on a man who is notoriously a whirlwind of emotion. Wilder may be uncouth, he may be misunderstood in some quarters and over-estimated in others. However we know what he is and what he will be. As wild as his style may be, we know what he carries and have now seen he has the ability to take that through a whole fight. For Fury we haven’t, not for three years. This fight doesn’t hinge on what Wilder is, it balances on what Fury isn’t. John Fury has given me the answer, those slightest cracks of doubt. We aren’t used to hearing these concerns so close to a fight from a key member of a team and for that reason, I see nothing but a Wilder victory”

 

Liam Conroy – Former English Light Heavyweight Champion (16-3-1)

“I think Fury will win this on points by keeping moving throughout and not letting Wilder get set for his power shots”

 

Kieran Farrell – Former English lightweight contender, now owner of The People’s Gym and promoter/manager. 

“I think Fury is the overall better fighter and the bigger guy with better skills, but i think Wilder will win the fight, probably by knockout. I just don’t think you can take three years off, balloon so heavy, drink, take drugs and party and come back to beat a young, hungry lion. My prediction is a Wilder knockout. Fury is a winner in life for fighting his mental health and making a lot of money for his families future.”

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