In a classic puncher vs boxer matchup, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury meet in a rematch on Saturday night in one of the most anticipated fights of the year. Their first showdown was ruled a draw after Fury dominated much of the match only to be knocked down twice in the final four rounds. Fury recovered and rose from a devastating second knockdown in the last round to send the fight to the cards.
As the adage goes, styles make fights, so this should be a barn burner. But who has the edge? According to the oddsmakers, Wilder is a slight favorite. He’s known as one of the biggest punchers the sport has ever seen, which is a cliche but not an exaggeration. On the other hand, Fury is more of a finesse fighter, a slick boxer who still has the power to score a knockout. This matchup reminds me of one of the most memorable heavyweight title fights of all time: Mike Tyson vs Buster Douglas in 1990. In the upset of the century, Douglas used his superior boxing skills to break down Tyson and eventually destroy him.
But that’s not going to happen this time. I like the puncher in this fight for a couple of reasons. First, Fury has now felt Wilder’s power. For him to get up from the two knockdowns – especially the second – and finish the contest was courageous. But he will remember being knocked into La-La land. Also, Wilder has always done well in rematches, which indicates that he is very adept at making adjustments. He got schooled by Fury in several rounds of the first fight. Likely, both he and his trainer know this and studied extra hard for the exam.
“Never bet against a puncher, particularly one like Deontay Wilder. I look at Wilder like I do at a Mike Tyson, another puncher. I see Wilder winning this rematch with Tyson Fury by 10th-round knockout.”Manny Pacquiao, WBA welterweight world champion
Taking Wilder by TKO in the eighth. Fury has proven he has a good chin, but Wilder’s power is elite and if he catches Fury earlier than he did last time, it won’t go the distance. But this is a 50/50 fight, so if Fury won by decision because Wilder was unable to catch him, I wouldn’t be shocked.
MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
By: Peter Mooney CruelFan.com