Fury to diffuse ‘Bronze Bomber’ Wilder

Tyson Fury will hope to complete a remarkable boxing comeback when he steps through the ropes in the early hours of Sunday morning in Los Angeles to challenge Deontay Wilder for the WBC heavyweight championship.

There was a time when the ‘Furious One’ looked like he would never lace up a pair of gloves again after ballooning to a shocking 27-and-a-half-stone during his ban from the ring.

Nine-and-a-half-stone and a few years later, Fury is preparing to face, arguably, an even more unpredictable fighter than himself in Wilder, whose unorthodox style has helped him compile a record of 40-0, with 39 of those victories coming via knockout.

The American starts as the 1.52 favourite to retain his strap and potentially set up a unification bout with Anthony Joshua in 2019. Fury is 2.80 to climb back to the top of the mountain, and in a fight which is so tough to call on paper, it is worth siding with the Briton. 

Schools in for Wilder

Fury has history of causing a major surprise on foreign soil having ended Wladimir Klitschko’s reign as heavyweight champion in November 2015. That performance in Dusseldorf was easily the best of his career as he slipped everything Klitschko threw at him, while using his quick hands to win the rounds en route to securing the unanimous decision.

Fury made the great Ukrainian look very average that night and has what it takes to do the same to Wilder, with the challenger 3.00 to win by decision once more.

Despite a near three-year absence from the ring, the 30-year-old has maintained his undefeated record, stretching it to 27-0 by easily getting the better of Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta in his two comeback bouts.

For a man who stands at 6ft 9in and is expected to weigh around 18st when he fights Wilder, Fury has incredible footwork and speed of hand movement, good enough to trouble any heavyweight.

Fury must handle Bomber with care

The class of the modern day heavyweight division has often been called into question so the quality of the majority of Wilder’s wins may not hold up under scrutiny. However, his most recent victory over Luis Ortiz showed a different side to the Alabama native.

He was on the ropes in the seventh round against the Cuban but dug deep to record yet another KO win. That night, there could be no questioning Wilder’s heart and his sheer determination to overcome his technically superior opponent.

Fury can be caught as well, Steve Cunningham most famously putting him on the seat of his shorts, and Wilder is 2.15 to register a knockdown.

However, that Cunningham fight was five years ago and came against an opponent Fury probably overlooked. He cannot afford to do the same with Wilder, and given how well he stuck to his gameplan against Klitschko, his concentration levels should not be an issue.