Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder kicked off their trilogy battle last Tuesday, with a press conference. The third WBC heavyweight title fight between the two will take place on July 24 in Las Vegas. Fury won the last bout convincingly, so will Wilder recover?
The upcoming bout is one of the biggest Betway events of the calendar year.
“What I did last time wasn't good enough so I'm changing it up, and we'll look for the knockout,” said Tyson Fury in the leadup to the sequel, which took place on Feb. 22, 2020. “It's a bold move to fight fire with fire.”
But there it was, not so much a hint as a plain and apparent proclamation from Fury that he wanted to change his tactics. In their rematch, he rampaged through a shocked Wilder in seven dominating rounds.
Last week, they faced off for the first time since Deontay Wilder was wounded and floored, his unbeaten record and intimidating aura shattered, to formally announce a trilogy fight for July 24 in Las Vegas.
It was more than just a media event, it was the first opportunity for battle to resume, a chance for jousting before business resumes.
In the twisting and changing world of heavyweight boxing, their second WBC title battle feels a lifetime ago – both Fury and Wilder have changed staff, and we're not sure if this is for the better or for worse.
Before being thrashed by Fury, Wilder was hailed as the hardest hitting boxer in history by some, and he responded to his first defeat with a series of increasingly insane conspiracy theories. Worse, he reiterated many of the same beliefs over a year later. Can he put the excuses behind him, and focus on business, and pull off a massive comeback? Boxing betting with Betway looks forward to one of the biggest boxing events the world has ever seen.
Fury's ring-walk outfit was excessively heavy, tiring his legs, someone tampered with his gloves and his trainer was “disloyal” for throwing in the towel. Mark Breland's role in Wilder's corner has subsequently been terminated. In the aftermath of the bout, Wilder's head trainer, Jay Deas, criticized Breland and has remained in his corner. But his new trainer is Malik Scott, who was previously knocked out by Wilder.
Fury's last 14 months have been overshadowed by rumors of a bout with Anthony Joshua to crown an undisputed champion, but that match fell through at the last hurdle. Rather than becoming bitter, that disappointment must be turned into motivation for Wilder.
The meeting on Tuesday was a showdown between champion and challenger. Wilder must exude the same devastating aura as in the past. He has noted for the benefit of naysayers, “The most dangerous person to be around is the one who has nothing to lose.”
There is so much optimism around Wilder’s camp. “He is definitely capable,” said Malik Scott. “Again, no excuses, he wasn't the Deontay we know in that second fight and we'll be looking to surprise the world. We're not really that surprised if it happens, but everyone else will and I honestly believe Deontay is going to stop him this time.”
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