With Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder set to trade blows for a third time later this month, we have put together this guide of everything you need to know before the bout.
When and where is the fight?
The third bout between Fury and ‘The Bronze Bomber’ is due to take place at the T-Mobile in Las Vegas on July 24th. Yes, despite the talk of COVID worries, the date stands. For now.
It will be the third different venue in which the pair have touched gloves, with the first fight taking place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, before the MGM Grand in ‘Sin City’ hosted the second bout at their iconic Garden Arena.
What happened in the previous two bouts?
The first fight, which took place on 1st December 2018, ended in a draw.
Fury had been knocked to the canvas late in the bout, and looked like he wasn’t going to make the referee’s count. However, after miraculously getting back to his feet just in time, he was able to see out the rest of the fight, with many feeling that he was hard done by with a draw.
Fury dominated the second fight in early 2020 from the first bell, landing some big shots on his American counterpart, whilst also managing to steer clear of Wilder’s trademark hammer blows.
‘The Gypsy King’ floored Wilder in the third round, and from there, there was only going to be one winner. The Bronze Bomber hit the mat twice more in the fifth round and the bout was ended half-way through the seventh when Wilder’s corner deemed he had enough.
Why is there going to be a third fight?
This is question many have asked since the trilogy was announced. Fury vs Joshua was agreed to and that is a fight boxing fans all over the world, not just in Britain, would have preferred to see. However, Wilder wouldn’t accept a reported £14 million pay-off to drop his pursuit of a third crack at Fury and an arbitration judge forced a third fight between the two old foes.
Who is the favourite?
After the outcome of the first two fights, it is no surprise that The Gypsy King is the heavy favourite in the Fury vs Wilder odds at 2/7, with the American less fancied at 5/2. A second draw can be backed at 25/1. The most likely method of victory is a Fury KO/TKO, which is also odds-on at 5/6, whilst Wilder is 11/4 to win via the same outcome. The fight to go the distance and Fury to win on points is 13/5, with Wilder winning on the scorecards a huge 14/1.
What’s been said?
Of course, it wouldn’t be a boxing fight involving these two without the fighters running their mouths. Fury, who is aiming to bulk up to 300lbs, claimed he was going to run Wilder over like he’s an ’18-wheeler’. To which the American responded, ‘I’m going to run you over with a train, baby’ after bench-pressing a reported 310lb weight.