The eyes of the boxing world will be firmly focused on the Staples Centre in Los Angeles on Saturday night (Sunday morning UK). Wilder v Fury is upon us and this promises to be a fascinating clash of styles. It is a classic case of power puncher v boxer and as the odds suggest, it is a tough fight to call. Our boxing analyst Kelly Eden reveals his thoughts on the big heavyweight clash below…
The reigning Champ is from the USA, is 33 years old and is a pure beast of an athlete. He stands 6’7 and has a reach of 84. Unbeaten in 40 fights, he has an incredible record of 39 ko’s. Many argue he has not beaten anyone yet but you can only beat the man in front of you. Maybe he has picked and chosen his fights and always fights in his home town or in the USA.
Wilder is known for his power and hard punching, if he catches you its goodnight. He has plenty of energy and speed, not the cleverest of boxers but neither was Mike Tyson. I don’t think Wilder will want the fight to go the distance, something that would play into the hands of Fury. Wilder is rightly favourite and knows the best way of beating Fury is with a ko. I expect him to take the fight to Fury from the off and not let him settle into any rhythm.
Tyson ‘Too Fast’ Fury is from Manchester, England and he is 30. He is 6’9 and has a reach of 85. Also unbeaten after 27 fights, he has 19 ko’s. His biggest victory was the win over Wladimar Klitschko, exactly 3 years ago. His game plan of standing behind his jab worked a treat as he frustrated a not at his best Klitschko. Fury is a clever boxer, with the better boxing brain but there are many possible doubts coming into this massive fight.
Only 2 fights in 3 years, losing 10 stone is a year, well known drugs and alcohol abuse and finally dealing with mental health issues. But he has beaten all his demons and need to beat Wilder tomorrow night if he wants to fight Anthony Joshua next year. Fury will have his normal game plan, and will try and frustrate Wilder, he will be happy to slow him and happy for the fight to go the distant.
Wilder v Fury Fight Summary
The current champ is favourite for Wilder v Fury and rightly so. He’s the top dog in the division, unbeaten in 40 fights and has home advantage. He’s relying on the one big power punch to catch Fury and if that happens, I don’t think Fury will get up. Of course it’s a big if but I have a feeling that Fury’s last 2/3 years might have a big impact on his condition and not the same fighter who halted Klitschko.
I think brawn will beat brains and could easily see Wilder with a ko in rounds 4-5. Or looking at it on the other hand, Fury frustrates Wilder, it’s a tight fight and goes the distance. I wouldn’t rule out the judges not splitting the two and the draw is massive odds. Promoters would be happy and another massive payday for both fighters.
Wilder v Fury Odds: Wilder 1.65 Draw 41.00 Fury 2.25