Do bookmakers make Deontay Wilder the one to finally defeat Tyson Fury?
“Know your enemies and achieve victory, a great man once said.” It’s always interesting listening to a smug Tyson Fury, especially when he’s quoting himself prior to his fight against Deontay Wilder this weekend.
This highly anticipated fight in Los Angeles might just be the beginning of something special, with Anthony Joshua likely to be next in line for the winner.
Will Fury finally set up the match he has been craving? He has one more obstacle to overcome first, but arguably this is his toughest fight to date.
The Gypsy King has come a long way on his journey back to the top after having his world titles stripped from him in 2016. However, the fact Ricky ‘The Hitman’ Hatton will be in Fury’s corner on Saturday speaks volumes about his desire to reign supreme once again.
Three years ago to the week, Fury was preparing for his win against Wladmir Klitschko and although he was unfancied on that occasion, the bookmakers are backing against him once again, believing he will fall short against Wilder.
Despite Fury shredding over ten stone, Wilder is no doubt the fitter of the two undefeated fighters, with eight of his world title fights surpassing the eighth round. This is reflected in the betting, with the American best priced at 8-13 with the majority of bookmakers.
The Gypsy King is where the value lies at 13-8, while a draw appears unlikely at 33-1.
Round betting is proving more and more popular among punters, yet bookmakers believe if Fury is to be victorious, it will be achieved on points, with Ladbrokes best priced at 5-2. Wilder is 9-2 to come out on top if both are still standing after 12 rounds.
You will have to be dedicated to the cause if you are to watch this one from the UK, with the fight likely to begin around 5am UK time on Sunday morning. For those fortunate enough to be in the US, it will be around 9pm on Saturday evening.
With both boxers still undefeated in their professional career, it is certainly a mouth-watering fight which is not to be missed.
By Nathan Joyes