“Wilder vs Fury headlines the Staples Center card on 1 December” by Broadway World (CC UP-DD 1.0)
Somebody’s unbeaten run in pro boxing looks sure to come to an end in the Staples Center in Los Angeles on the night of Saturday, 1 December as Deontay Wilder defends his WBC belt against former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.
The Gypsy King has put in big displays overseas before, most notably when recording a unanimous decision victory over Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf three years ago. Fury is the 11/8 outsider with William Hill, however, to dethrone American opponent Wilder and win his first major fight since returning to the ring.
Manchester native Fury brings a 27-0 record in the paid ranks with him to LA including 19 stoppages. It’s been more than four years since he knocked someone out, although three of his last five fights have ended with the opposition retiring.
Seeing Fury cement his comeback and complete a redemption arc is a somewhat sentimental way to look at this fight. Wilder is a serious opponent and will pose him infinitely more problems than his last two bouts.
While this isn’t the super fight fans of boxing on both sides of the Atlantic wanted, it’s not in truth a bad second prize. We may still get that undisputed heavyweight division unification bout somewhere down the road.
Wilder, nicknamed The Bronze Bomber, is 40-0 as a pro having stopped all but one of those opponents. It’s a fearsome record and that’s why he’s an odds-on 8/13 favourite in the latest boxing odds for the Fury fight.
That can be enhanced to 6/5 if punters back Wilder to win by TKO, knockout or disqualification in the method of result market. Three of his last seven fights have ended in rounds 7-9, meanwhile, so the 6/1 about this bracket for the grouped round betting cannot be ignored either.
With home-field advantage and that strong KO record, it’s easy to see why Wilder is a clear favourite for victory and to make an eighth successful defence of the WBC strap he won off Bermane Stiverne via unanimous decision back in January 2015.
As two of Fury’s last three fights went the distance, it could alternatively be worthwhile considering a decision victory at 2/1 if you fancy him to win Stateside. He is one from one across the pond having knocked Steve Cunningham out in Madison Square Garden.
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This is the real acid test for Fury to see if the old magic is still there following his two years out of the sport following depression and drug addiction. He has a slight height and reach advantage over Alabama native Wilder.
There’s so little to choose between them other than recent calibre of opponent, that many pundits are expecting a close contest. Wilder may have the edge, but he’s hardly long odds-on to end Fury’s streak and a drawn bout is rated a very unlikely outcome at 25/1.
With two undefeated streaks on the line, something’s got to give in the City of Angels and it may be that Fury just falls short.