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Tyson Fury has once credited a “holy hand” for resurrecting him from the canvas on the back of one of Deontay Wilder’s most powerful straight hooks. At a time when the immortal “Gypsy King” lay in wait for the Earl, he conjured not only the strength to relive for the final moments of the 12th round, but a perfect metaphor for the journey that so loved him. to millions of UK heavyweight fans.
Surely there is nothing that can confuse Fury more than the personal battles and the will to overcome them, which have defined his career since his backdated two-year drug ban in 2017. Certainly not Wilder, who could have had some thoughts of parity after the toss, less after being outclassed in the rematch.
The Bronze Bomber can’t be ruled out when he has a new man, his old opponent Malik Scott, in his corner and has trained harder than ever. Above all, he still has the power to change a fight in one fell swoop.
Fury, on the other hand, saw his preparation disrupted by a positive Covid test, which could hurt his stamina in later rounds, and by the complicated birth of his daughter this summer.
His own fitness regimen saw him go the other way as he struggled to tip the scales at over 300 pounds and get his opponent in total control.
These contrasting narratives provide at least one interesting sub-plot, although the most relevant questions surround the next steps for the winner. Oleksandr Usyk or Anthony Joshua are waiting in a unification fight, depending on the outcome of their expected rematch next year.
Fury vs Wilder odds
- Fury to win – 4-11
- Wilder to win – 9-4
- To design – 25-1
- Fury wins by KO – 11-10
- Wilder wins by KO – 10-3
- The two fighters to be shot down – 6-1
Odds via Betfair and correct at time of writing
Indeed, Fury made sure that this rather lengthy trilogy, which no one really expected to be completed, was not too stale. It’s never easy to say how genuinely he spat such venom at his American counterpart – a “big bib,” a “chinless bum” – but he never entertained and captivated like that.
Maybe the critics will suggest it’s because it’s no longer a sell-out fight. Wilder’s list of excuses for his February 2020 knockout was so absurd, ranging from fake gloves, spiked water, to the referee, his own wedge, and the ring walking suit he wore from his own will that weighs down his legs, that it’s hard not to sympathize with some of Fury’s irritable outbursts.
Mentally, at least, it’s not the same Deontay Wilder who once terrorized over 40 opponents with his knockouts, cutting a shell from the powerhouse that once harbored more serious hopes of becoming an undisputed champion.
Finally, however, as the billing suggests, this dispute will be settled “once and for all”.
Details on Fury vs Wilder 3
- Dated: saturday 9 october
- Place: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas
- Struggle time: The ring walks for the main event are expected to start around 4 a.m.
- TV: From midnight on BT Sport Box Office for £ 24.95 (Sky or BT viewers who have used BT Sport Box Office before can book via their remote control; new users should go to www.bt.com/sportboxoffice or www.sky.com/ ticket office / btsport to pay)
- Live flux: Available for £ 24.95 via Mac, PC or the BT Sport Box Office app on mobile or tablet
- Strengths of the sub-map: The map is a little underwhelming, but Robert Helenius and Adam Kownacki’s rematch is the more intriguing prospect – you may read IFull overview of the undercard here.
- I predicted: Fury to be won by KO rounds 6-8
Hélène vs. Kownacki
Arum knows the allure of the United States better than anyone. Even if Fury fought Joshua, his US promoters insist it wouldn’t take place in the UK. It’s just as good that Arum also knows the power of the Fury brand as a standalone sales machine.
It’s hardly a stacked card in Vegas, but the choice of action is a rematch between Robert Helenius and Adam Kownacki, whom he knocked out by knockout in their initial fight.
Helenius might consider himself lucky that the large – and audible – contingent of British Fury fans have been hampered by the travel restrictions. Many of them may remember the Finn’s controversial victory over Derek Chisora.
Helenius and Kownacki are expected to take their ring walks around 2 a.m. BST.
Wilder has demons from the past to defeat
By Kevin Garside, IChief Sports Correspondent of
The strategy is clear. Wilder didn’t come to dance, but to don Fury. Whether under the lights he will be able to recover the psychological deficit of an opponent who took all the power he could muster in their first meeting, coming up twice from the bridge, is the question.
Rising a second time in Los Angeles, Fury defied the conventions set by more than a century of heavyweight boxing.
An episode that allegedly confused a rhino’s brain ultimately shattered Wilder’s confidence. A moment that could have marked the end of Fury’s career has acquired greater significance for Wilder as he is the one who has yet to recover from the devastation caused by the punch. This is the paradox that haunts Wilder in Las Vegas. Fury knows it. He also knows the price of an error in judgment, the price of an error.
Any other matter
Before Fury and Wilder start, there is also a busy British boxing schedule with Liam Smith and Anthony Fowler fighting in Liverpool. Smith is hoping to bounce back from his loss to Magomed Kurbanov, while Fowler can make a statement with another knockout from a senior super welterweight. The fight is broadcast on DAZN.
In Birmingham, Brad Foster and Jason Cunningham are fighting for the British and Commonwealth Super Bantamweight Championships. Cunningham may be a lot more experienced, but they’re relatively even. The walks in the ring are expected around 10 p.m., with the action streaming live on BT Sport 1.