Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury: Big Fight Preview
Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury: Big Fight Preview
Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury will battle it out for the WBC heavyweight title when they lock horns in Los Angeles on Saturday night. Both men are unbeaten in their glittering careers and it will be fascinating to see who prevails in a stark clash of styles. Wilder has secured 39 of his 40 victories via a knockout and his punching power is positively incredible. But Fury is a defensive master and his slippery style could cause all sorts of problems for the American, so the so-called fight of the year really could live up to its billing.
Tale of the Tape
Wilder seized the title by beating Bermane Stiverne via a unanimous decision back in 2015, his only fight that did not culminate in a brutal knockout. Since then he has gone on to floor seven challengers on his way to the throne: Eric Molina, Johann Duhaupas, Artur Szpilka, Chris Arreola, Gerald Washington, Stiverne in a rematch and Luis Ortiz. Wilder is now 33 years old and firmly in the prime of his career, blending ferocious power with a great deal of athleticism.
Everyone expected Wilder to face Britain’s Anthony Joshua, who holds the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO titles and is ranked as the best heavyweight in the world by the likes of BoxRec and The Ring. A showdown between Wilder and Joshua would have yielded an undisputed world champion, but their teams could not agree a deal. Instead, Fury snuck in and landed this monster fight, and he represents a real wildcard in the heavyweight division.
Fury famously toppled the legendary Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, ending the Ukrainian’s 11-year, 22-fight winning streak via a unanimous decision. That saw him crowned WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion of the world and it represented the absolute pinnacle of his career. But he then had to vacate the belts amid a two-and-a-half-year absence from the sport, dominated by controversy.
Fury made his comeback in June this year, beating journeyman Sefer Seferi inside four rounds, before most recently beating Francesco Pianeta on points after 10 comfortable rounds.
Neither are of the same calibre as an unbeaten champion like Wilder, but Fury has never tasted defeat and he has gone toe to toe with Klitschko and prevailed. He has 27 fights under his belt, winning 19 by knockout and eight by decision. The Gypsy King will enjoy a 2-inch height and reach advantage over Wilder, while he is expected to weigh around two stone heavier for this fight. A lot will depend on his condition, as he has not been in the ring with anyone of note for three years, but Fury insists he is in great shape.
The Brit is as cunning as they come and he has the ability to slow the pace of the fight and frustrate his opponent, so it should prove to be a fascinating spectacle. Millions of people around the world will tune in to watch the action unfold as these two colourful characters meet for the fight of their lives. Sporting Index has plenty of options for you to enhance the excitement you experience when watching the fight as we have a range of Wilder v Fury spread betting markets for you to choose from.
Spread betting on Boxing
Wilder heads into the fight as the favourite: you can find a spread of 12-18 on him winning by points and 43-49 on him winning by knockout, while Fury has a spread of 25-31 to win by points and 8.5-14.5 to win via a knockout (which includes a technical knockout or disqualification). This is a prediction on how the fight will finish and a correct outcome yields 100 points, while any other outcome gives you zero.
One popular market is the Minutes Market, which allows you to speculate on the total amount of time this fight will last. There are 36 minutes in a 12-round boxing match, and the Boxing Spread Betting line for the total minutes in this fight has been set at 25.5-26.5. That means you can either sell at 25.5 or buy at 26.5. If you sell at 25.5 you will hope the fight ends as quickly as possible, and if you buy you will hope it drags on and/or goes the distance.
If you sell at 25.5 for £10 and the fight ends after 14 minutes, you get 11.5 times your stake and make a £115 profit (25.5 sell price – 14 minutes = 11.5) and (11.5 x £10 stake = £115). However, if the fight ended after 31 minutes, you would lose £55 (31 minutes – 25.5 sell price = 5.5) and (5.5 x £10 stake = £55).
If you buy at £10 and the fight goes to the full 36 minutes, you would make a £95 profit (36 minutes – 26.5 buy price = 9.5) and (9.5 x £10 stake = £95). But if the fight finished after just 20 minutes you would be down £65.
An alternative is to look at Total Rounds Betting. The spread for this fight has been set at 8.5-9. If you sell at 8.5 for £50 and the fight finishes in the fifth round, you earn a £175 profit (8.5 sell price – 5 = 3.5) and (3.5 x £50 = £175). However, if it finishes in the 10th round, you would be down £75.
If you buy at 9 you will hope the fight goes the distance so that you earn three times your stake, but if it finishes before the ninth round you will lose.
You can speculate on whether the fight will go the distance, bet on either fighter winning in specific rounds and look at stoppage handicap betting too, so there are plenty of exciting spread betting options to maximise the thrill of watching what is set to be an intriguing fight.
Will we see a Brit crowned WBC heavyweight champion this weekend? Or will Wilder be the man to break Fury’s flawless record? Pull no punches and explore the Wilder v Fury spread betting markets ahead of this box office heavyweight bout.