In less than two weeks, boxing fans all around the world will have a chance to see one of the most exciting fights in the last ten years. It is the rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury. This spectacle is set for Sunday, 23rd February, at approximately 3 am UK time, at the MGM Grand in Paradise, Nevada.
As you all know, these two guys are the hottest goods in the world of boxing, and their fight will be among the most expensive in history. And how couldn't it be, when you have arguably the top two heavyweights in the division one against another. Two showmen who aren't afraid to put their money where their mouths are, and to accept the challenge.
Plus, the previous contest ended with a draw, which only added more spice to the entire rivalry of these champions.
Right now, the odds are giving a slight advantage to the Brit, whose win is at 4/5. On the other side, Wilder to win is 1/1. A draw is set at 20/1, and we have to add that odds on this are far lower than usual, probably due to the result of the first fight. There are also other tempting markets involved here. For example, odds on the match going to the distance are 10/11, and for the opposite outcome, 4/5.
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Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KOs) is coming into this event as an IBF champion. He defended this title 10 times, and the last two defeated challengers were Dominic Breazeale and Luis Ortiz. We need to point out, that the Bronze Bomber didn't perform very convincingly against the Cuban fighter, but his ferocious punch once again saved his crown.
That is his biggest weapon and something that makes Wilder such a great champion. He can be behind any fighter at the scorecards, and overturn the entire situation in a split of a second. Ortiz was in such a position and even had the American wobbling a couple of times, but one punch erased all of his previous work.
Fury (29-0-1, 20 KOs) also had two fights after he encountered Wilder. He would win both of them, but the last one against Otto Wallin ended via unanimous decision. It was a much harder job than against Tom Schwarz, whom he demolished in the second round.
The Brit had to work hard in order to beat the Swed, to whom he predicted a bright future. This was his first loss after 19 wins, and he presented an excellent preparation for Fury before his big spectacle. The Gypsy King even had a nasty cut above the eye, but overcame all the adversities, posting a comfortable win on points.
Yet, he declared himself prepared better than ever, and is coming into this event full of confidence.
Whoever wins this one is expected to meet Anthony Joshua, who holds three belts right now. AJ regained his throne against Andy Ruiz Jr., defeating the Mexican in Saudi Arabia via unanimous decision, pretty easily we need to add. He was hurting Ruiz from all angles using various tactics throughout the entire battle. There was no chance for a surprise this time.
The bookies already have the odds for each case, and in both of them, Joshua is not a favourite. Wilder's win against AJ is at 4/5, while the other way around sits at 11/10. A draw here is 30/1. In the clash of two British fighters, Fury has the edge over the younger countryman, and his triumph is 8/11. Joshua's is 5/4, with a draw 32/1.
In the meantime, Joshua himself might have another match. He is likely to meet the Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev next June at the Tottenham Hotspur's stadium. The champ is the absolute favourite, with the odds on victory at 1/9. Bulgarian's upset is paid 5/1, and a draw 25/1. No doubt, AJ will approach this clash much differently than before as he learned the lesson against Ruiz, who took away his undefeated record.
No doubt, things in the heavyweight division will be very interesting.