Pro boxing’s WBC champion Deontay Wilder will face British heavyweight Tyson Fury before the year is out. Wilder was in attendance at Windsor Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland as former WBC (Super), WBO, IBF and IBO belt holder Fury won the second fight of his comeback on the night of Saturday, August 18 on points.
It was confirmed in the aftermath of Fury’s unanimous points victory over Francesco Pianeta that the fight will likely take place stateside in November or December, according to Frank Warren – the Briton’s promoter. “All terms are agreed,” Warren told Radio 5 live. “We’re working on the date and venue. Tyson isn’t fazed by boxing abroad; it doesn’t bother him.”
Fury eased to victory in his latest fight on the comeback trail after two and a half years out of the ring, comfortably winning on points against an easily frustrated Pianeta on the undercard of Carl Frampton v Luke Jackson.
“One thing I promise when I go to Las Vegas is I’m knocking you out,” Fury said when Wilder stepped between the ropes following his bout with Pianeta.
There are just the finer details to iron out, with Warren keen to avoid clashing dates with the unification fight between Frampton and fellow featherweight Josh Warrington.
How do they bet?
British bookmakers have wasted no time in pricing up the Wilder v Fury bout with the champ a narrow odds-on favorite in the betting to win. Wilder is also a slightly better price to win by knockout, TKO or disqualification at 7/4.
Fury, meanwhile, is an even-money chance to claim the one world heavyweight title that has eluded in him boxing and 2/1 for another decision victory. He’s also 4/1 to knock Wilder out, win by TKO or DQ.
A win via decision for the American is 17/4 and the fight going the distance is also evens, but odds-on to end before 12 rounds. Backing a drawn bout – a very rare thing in boxing – is 33/1.
Ahead of the Wilder v Fury fight, collect some bonus bets from the bookies, who are bound to have a host of specials, and make this intriguing battle even more interesting.
Unbeaten records on the line
Challenger Fury hasn’t lost in 27 professional bouts winning 19 of his fights by knockout. His finest hour to date was stunning Ukrainian boxing legend Wladimir Klitschko and winning most of the major heavyweight belts in the sport after beating him via unanimous decision in Dusseldorf, Germany in 2015.
Wilder improved his own 39-0 record last time out in March when his bout with Cuba’s Luis Ortiz was stopped. He has made seven successful defenses of the WBC title since winning it on points back in January 2015.
Something’s got to give as the American and Briton do battle. One of those unbeaten records will be lost. Wilder has had just one of those 40 pro fights go the distance, so it’s easy to see why the Beijing Olympics bronze medalist is fancied to thwart Fury.