It is the trilogy that not many asked for: Fury/Wilder III. Indeed, in the first fight – which saw Tyson Fury return to the Heavyweight Championship scene after a three year absence where he ballooned up to a whopping 385 lbs, after a torrid time battling drugs and depression – Fury went the distance against the then-undefeated Deontay Wilder. Famously, Fury was knocked down with a heavy, trademark Wilder hit in the final round; before somehow getting to his feet and finishing the fight strong. Though it ended as a draw, and though Fury was knocked down twice, many argued Fury – who out-boxed the American for much of the fight – was the deserved winner.
In the second fight, there was no question of who the winner was; the Brit overcoming Wilder by way of TKO in the 7th round to make Wilder’s record 41-1-1. Because of the nature of their first fight draw, and Fury’s dominance in the second fight TKO, many have argued that there is no need for a third fight. We are inclined to agree. However, when one considers how catastrophic another loss to Fury would be for Wilder, this added drama might serve as reason to ensure the fight happens.
Fury/Wilder III: A Potential End to the Career of the Bronze Bomber
One More Defeat Spells the Likely End of Deontay Wilder’s Fight Career
Make no mistake: should Deontay Wilder lose to Tyson Fury at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 9th, Wilder’s fight career will likely come to an end. If the bookies are to be believed, this is the very likely scenario. A quick review of Bet365, for example, will tell you that Fury is favored with heavy odds of 1/3 to overcome his American adversary. He even has odds of 10/11 to knock out the Bronze Bomber. Wilder, though arguably the most devastating knockout artist in boxing history – with 41 of his 42 professional fights coming by way of KO – has odds of 3/1 to knock out Fury.
If Wilder fails to knock Fury out, he will not win the fight. Fury is the superior boxer – he is the 6’9 heavyweight “Gypsy King” who moves exceptionally gracefully for someone his size. His fight IQ is higher than Wilder’s, also. Wilder’s best chance of winning is by knocking Fury out early but given Fury, himself, is undefeated in professional boxing, this is easier said than done. However, to completely rule out Deontay Wilder would be underplaying his ferocious and explosive power; a unique, one punch knockout that not many can boast to having within the heavyweight division. Not since the days of George Foreman and Ernie Shavers has one punch been so devastating.
Fury can take a hit, but he has been knocked down previously – including by Wilder. He has admitted in interviews that Deontay’s punches are as legitimately and devastatingly painful as they look. Come October 9th, he will have to survive those hits once again. Both men are confident of victory, but only one man’s career is on the line. Should Wilder lose once more, Fury will have taken everything away from him and being so far out of contention, along with turning 36 in just a few short weeks, will likely see the Bronze Bomber hang up those devastating gloves for good.
*Tyson Fury puts his WBC and The Ring Heavyweight titles on the line against Deontay Wilder, this Saturday, October 9th at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada.*
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