After years of speculation, boxing fans will finally get to see one of the most anticipated heavyweight fights in some time when Deontay Wilder puts his WBC heavyweight championship on the line against Former unified heavyweight champion Nick Fury.
The fight is scheduled to take place on December 1, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Wilder comes into this fight with a 40-0 record, 39 of those wins coming by knockout. The 2008 Olympics bronze medalist won the WBC heavyweight championship from Bermane Stiverne in 2015 by unanimous decision, making it the first time in his career he didn’t knock his opponent out.
Since he won the belt, Wilder has defended it seven times, including a rematch with Stiverne in November 2017. This time around, Wilder knocked Stiverne out in the first round.
Fury (27-0, 19 KO) shocked the boxing world in 2015 when he defeated Wladimir Klitschko for the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, The Ring, and lineal heavyweight titles. The victory over Klitschko helped Fury win the Fighter of the Year and Upset of the Year awards.
Fury was supposed to give Klitschko a rematch, but the rematch was canceled because he failed a drug test a day before the fight and also tested positive for cocaine. Fury’s failure to defend the titles against Klitschko led to the champion relinquishing his belts and briefly retiring from the sport.
In January, Fury announced he would reapply for his boxing license. In June, he stepped into the ring for the first time in over two years, defeating Sefer Seferi, who retired in the fourth round. In August, he defeated Francesco Pianeta, setting up his fight with Wilder.
Wilder is one of the best heavyweights in the world, but he has been unable to unify the heavyweight belts because titleholder Anthony Joshua refused to fight him. He eventually settled on fighting Fury, and the winner of the fight is expected to be Joshua’s next opponent.
The 32-year-old champion is one of the hardest hitters in the sport, knocking out all but one of his opponents. Wilder will go into this fight as the heavy favorite because he has remained active while Fury was briefly retired, and didn’t have any problem putting away previously undefeated Luis Ortiz when they fought in March.
Fury also has a lot of power, but eight of his wins have come by decision, including two of his last three fights. The fact that he has fought only twice since 2015 is another reason to avoid betting on him because the opponents he defeated this year weren’t very impressive.
Francesco Pianeta had lost two of his last three fights before getting in the ring with Fury and Sefer Seferi is a cruiserweight who was outsized and overmatched against the much bigger fury.
Fury will have a hard time adjusting to Wilder’s speed and strength because he will likely still be rusty after such a long layoff.
If this fight had happened in 2015, it would have been one of the biggest boxing matches in the world. If Fury had been patient and worked his way back into shape, it would have still been an intriguing fight. Even though the fight will still attract a lot of fans, it is most likely going to be a one-sided affair.
Betting Odds and Predictions
The current betting odds for this fight has Wilder as the favorite, -185. Since it is still a couple of months away, the prop bets are not yet available, but when they do, you should pick Wilder to win by knockout because Fury won’t be able to handle his power.