Venue: MGM Grand Arena
Deontay Wilder was fortunate to escape with a draw after his first fight with Tyson Fury went the full 12 rounds, but we’re still backing the American to prevail in their rematch.
The Bronze Bomber was out-boxed for much of that December 2018 contest, trailing in the punches and jabs landed departments.
However, he retained his WBC heavyweight title thanks to putting the Gypsy King on the canvas twice, with Fury surprising everyone by beating the count in the closing round.
If the champion can stay more focused throughout this second showdown, 91/100 for him to oblige in Las Vegas is rated great value in our Wilder vs Fury 2 predictions.
There is no doubt Wilder lacks the skills and subtlety of his opponent, but his superior power has since led to two more victories.
The 34-year-old blitzed Dominic Breazeale inside a round and then stopped the respected Luis Ortiz in the seventh, giving us a couple of winning bets in our preview of that fight.
That took his professional record to 42 wins, with the draw against Fury the only blemish on an impressive CV.
Wilder can look raw and lacklustre during bouts, but always seems able to catch up with opponents at some point – and when he connects, he hits as hard as any heavyweight in recent history.
“The Gypsy King is going to get floored – and this time around, he is definitely not getting up,” declared the Alabama-born boxer.
Fury has teamed up with new trainer SugarHill Steward to prepare for this fight and has reportedly bulked up since their first meeting.
“I just think it is nervous energy from the first fight,” commented Wilder. “He can go on and say he beat me by a wide margin, but he honestly does not believe that.
“That is why he wants to change up a lot of things, because if he did really believe that he won, he would not change up so much.”
Fury keen to settle ‘unfinished business’
Fury suffered from mental health issues after dethroning the great Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015, leading to two and a half years out of the ring.
He had just a couple of low-key warm-up fights before being pitched back into elite level versus Wilder, so deserves plenty of respect for rediscovering his former sparkle in Los Angeles.
Almost everyone present at the Staples Center and watching on TV felt Fury had done enough to get the decision – and that would have been just reward for a heroic late recovery.
Looking ahead to the rematch, Fury said: “I have never ever been as focused or ready for one fight as I have been for this fight.
“I have pulled out all the stops that anyone could ever pull out for a training camp.
“Every box has been ticked. We are going to see the best Tyson Fury that Tyson Fury can be.”
On switching trainers, he added: “I had a good defensive coach in Ben Davison. We worked a lot on defence every single day for two years. He is the best for defence, so I needed an aggressive trainer.
“I worked with SugarHill in the past, I knew he was a good guy and we got on well. Communication is key to any relationship and that is why I brought him in and it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
“I believe I can outbox Deontay Wilder very, very comfortably, but the fact of the matter is I believed I outboxed him last time and it is no good me believing it, the judges have to believe it.
“To guarantee a victory, I have got to get a knock-out. I don’t want to leave anything unturned this time and I don’t want another controversial decision. I want it to be defining either way.”
Fury is 91/100 to claim victory, 3/2 to prevail on points and 5/1 to get the job done inside the distance.
However, the Briton has only faced two limited opponents since the first clash with Wilder and we still feel he has more questions to answer than the champion.
Fury displayed incredible bravery to get up from the right-left combination which put him down hard on his back last time, but Wilder now knows he can hurt the Mancunian giant.
Wilder stated: “When you knock someone out and give them a concussion, you never forget that – and when you go back in the ring with the person who did it again, that has to be stressful.”
The feeling is that the Bronze Bomber could step up the tempo at any time and overwhelm the challenger, with a win inside the distance expected in Las Vegas.
A tight tussle until halfway is on the cards, but we like 14/1 for an eighth-round victory for the champion from the Wilder vs Fury 2 odds or 5/1 for rounds 7-9 in the group betting.
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