In 2015, Tyson Fury (27-0, 19 KO), scored one of the biggest upset wins in boxing history when he defeated Wladimir Klitschko for the unified WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, Ring magazine and lineal heavyweight titles.
After the win, many expected the 28-year-old Fury to rule the heavyweight division for a while. However, Fury was forced to pull out of a rematch with Klitschko because of an ankle injury. Soon after, UK Anti-Doping announced that there was presence of a prohibited substance in Fury’s sample from February 2015, which he denied, and he eventually vacated the titles he won from Klitschko after several postponed rematches.
After losing his titles, Fury tested positive for cocaine and decided to get professional medical help to treat his depression and addiction issues.
In October 2017, Fury announced he would apply for his boxing license and return to the ring in 2018, which he did when he defeated Albanian cruiserweight Sefer Seferi.
Thanks to WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder being unable to reach a financial agreement with unified champion Anthony Joshua, Fury was able to get himself a title shot despite having only one fight in the last two years.
Wilder confirmed that Fury would be his next opponent after the former champion’s win over Francesco Pianeta. Since the fight was announced, boxing insiders haven’t given Fury much of a chance to win the fight, and Vegas books seem to agree with them, making Wilder the favorite at -185.
The biggest arguments against Fury are the fact that he hasn’t faced any real competition since he defeated Klitschko and the fact that he is rusty after such a lengthy absence and won’t be in the right shape to fight Wilder.
Leading up to the fight, Fury sounded confident about his chances of winning the fight and even promised to knock Wilder out during their press tour. So, is Fury just talking trash or does he have a real chance to win the fight?
The one thing Fury still has going for him is his speed, which is better than Wilder’s. Granted he didn’t face the toughest competition in the lead up to this fight, he moved around well in the ring, which is likely due to the fact that he has dropped some weight.
Even when he was at his best, Fury did not possess the type of power that Wilder does, so he is likely not going to be able to knock the champion out unless he gets a lucky shot in.
Fitness is going to be the key here, Wilder is a power puncher that will be looking for a knockout so Fury will have to move around more than he did in his first two fights since his return. Since he didn’t get tested by Seferi or Pianeta, despite going 10 rounds with the latter, fatigue could sink in the later rounds, opening him up for a knockout.
Since Fury is just 30-years-old and has had a few years to heal from the damage he took earlier in his career, he should be able to go the full 12 rounds. If the fight goes to the judges, anything can happen.