The biggest fight of the year is upon us and we aren’t even out of February yet. When undefeated WBC champ Deontay Wilder takes on undefeated Lineal Champion Tyson Fury on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, a fight for the ages could be on the cards.
There is a developing rivalry between Wilder and Fury which has seen its share of verbal exchanges in the 14 months since their controversial first bout ended in a draw. Fury out-boxed Wilder that night but was floored twice by the powerful man from Tuscaloosa, most famously in the 12th and final round with Fury somehow rising like The Undertaker after a brutal, knockout-worthy shot.
Fury said then – and continues to say now – that he was robbed that night, telling ESPN’s E:60 program “If I had lost…I’d say fair play. No chance. I won that fight.” Meanwhile Wilder has been focusing more on his two best moments – the knockdowns – and firmly believes he’ll land the ultimate blow this time around.
Talking to Max Boxing, Wilder said: “This is unfinished business. I’m picking up where I left off. I knocked him out the first time, I didn’t get it, but I’m going to knock him out this time and this time he’s not getting up, that’s for sure. I promise you that. I’m looking forward to it.”
It’s a real Yin Yang of a fight, with each fighter sporting completely unique and contrasting styles. On one hand we have Wilder, lean and athletic, capable of throwing arguably the most devastating right hand in heavyweight history. On the other, Fury, long-limbed, agile, and crafty with some of the deftest head and foot movement of any big man in the sport.
This time around the odds couldn’t be tighter with both fighters opening just shy of even money at -110. So, take your pick!
If you fancy Wilder Fury 2 to end in another draw, however, the price is a tempting 2000 with BetMGM.
The value here could lie in the individual round betting, with Wilder coming in at 3100 to KO Fury in round 1 and 3100 to win in the final round as he so nearly did in December.
If you like Fury to win by knockout, he’s 5000 to KO Wilder in the 10th and a massive 6600 in the 11th.
We also think there’s value odds on Wilder – Fury going under five rounds at 350.
Looking further ahead, if you think Wilder can unify the division in 2020 by fighting and beating Anthony Joshua, you can back him at a massive 1200!
As always you can bet Wilder – Fury 2 live and in-play on site or using the Bet MGM app.