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Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury II

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Saturday, February 22nd 9:00 PM ET MGM Grand Garden Arena (Las Vegas, Nevada)

WBC and Lineal Heavyweight Title Fight: Deontay Wilder (42-0-1) vs. Tyson Fury (29-0-1) II

Fight odds: Deontay Wilder -125 Tyson Fury +105 Draw +2200

Fanduel Boxing Pick Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury II

The fight is finally here, the one we’ve all been waiting before. I’m of course referring to Deontay " The Bronze Bomber" Wilder vs. Tyson "Gypsy King" Fury II. Their first fight was an absolute classic. Fury beautifully outboxed Wilder and clearly won most of the rounds. If not for the 2 knockdowns including the dramatic one in the 12th Round, Fury clearly wins that decision. Fury is the hardest heavyweight to land a punch on because of his slick defensive skills and Wilder has the highest knockout percentage in the history of the heavyweight division.

The matchup is really the best heavyweight boxer we’ve seen since Muhammad Ali in Fury against arguably the hardest puncher in the history of the sport in Wilder. Wilder’s power right is one of the most lethal punches in boxing and Fury will need to remain focused in order to not get knocked out. Looking at the stats from their previous fight, Wilder threw 430 punches, but only landed 71 for a 17% connect rate. Fury threw 327 punches and landed 84 for a 26% connect rate. These numbers show that Fury was more efficient with his punches and made Wilder miss a lot as he wildly tried to land the big punch on the big Brit. Outside of the knockdowns, Fury won a majority of the fight and deserved to get the decision. But, a draw at the conclusion of their first fight makes the rematch all the more enticing.

Fury has changed trainers, moving on from Ben Davison and is now training with SugarHill Steward the nephew of the legendary trainer, Emanuel Steward. Fury felt like he needed a change in his preparation for fights and perhaps SugarHill has unlocked parts of Fury’s game that we haven’t seen before. During training camp, Fury has been working on the fundamentals of boxing and adding more power to his punches. Fury is generally seen as a defensive fighter with decent knockout power. On the other hand, Wilder has power that was blessed by the boxing gods and at any point can end the fight with one punch. However, outside of a knockout punch, Wilder lacks the correct boxing fundamentals to consistently win rounds against Fury. Fury has said he will put more authority behind his punches come February 22nd and has predicted a 2nd Round knockout of Wilder.

That is what makes this matchup so enticing, the master boxer against the biggest puncher in the sport. Fury and Wilder need each other just like Ali needed Frazier and Canelo needed Golovkin. In the sport of boxing your name is built off the opponents you’ve beaten or shared the ring with. Fury and Wilder have produced a great rivalry and there could possibly be a trilogy fight between these two titans following their rematch. This is why we love sports, to see the best fight the best and right now Fury and Wilder are the two best heavyweights in the division.

We also love sports because of the human side to these superhero athletes. It’s been well documented that following Fury’s historic unanimous decision win over Wladimir Klitschko he went into a deep depression and began abusing drugs and alcohol and became obese. Fury reached the mountaintop after beating Klitschko, but was unable to stay there because of his own self destruction. Fury’s story of redemption and perseverance is one we can all take inspiration from. Fury has also become an advocate for mental health and has been honest about his own battles with anxiety and depression. After he had seemingly lost everything he had worked for, Fury stated that his love for boxing is what lead him back to the pinnacle of the sport. Fury has once again reached the mountaintop as he awaits the biggest heavyweight rematch in the modern era of boxing.

Fanduel Boxing Pick Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury II

If this fight goes to a decision, there is little chance that Wilder would win on the scorecards. The only realistic route to victory for Wilder would be to get a knockout and not leave it in the judges’ hands. Fury will need to employ excellent head and body movement to outmaneuver Wilder and land his own power punches. Fury is coming off a unanimous decision win over Otto Wallin in September of 2019. Fury won this fight with will more than skill because of a nasty cut he sustained over his eye in the early rounds. Despite the massive cut, Fury fought through impaired vision to earn a tough victory and set up the rematch against Wilder. Wilder is coming off a 7th Round knockout victory over Luis Ortiz in November of 2019. Wilder was getting outboxed and outlanded through the first 6 Rounds against Ortiz, all the while waiting for the right time to unleash his massive right hand and score the knockout. Wilder did so in empathic fashion and showed once again that he possess scary power.

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