Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury III: Expert Tips and Preview

Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury III comes over 18 months since Fury scored a TKO win over Wilder in their second bout.

Following a controversial draw in their first clash in late 2018, the two met in the ring again in February 2020 where the Gypsy King scored a seventh-round TKO victory.

Wilder initiated his rematch clause, which brings us to their third clash, dubbed as Once and For All, where the two will meet in Las Vegas on Sunday morning AEDT.

The Boxing Analyst has assessed each fighter’s style, strengths and weaknesses to determine who they believe will be coming out of the clash with the WBC and The Ring heavyweight titles.


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Wilder v Fury III: The Expert Preview

Live from the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, the names Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will once again ring through the ears of Las Vegans for the 3rd time. A rivalry in the making since at least 2018 when the two first officially did battle.


HISTORY

Fury and Wilder have seemingly circled each other with fast quips and heavy insults since that fateful split draw debut to what would eventually be a trilogy. In the colourful world of Tyson Fury, which I imagine looks something like a Dr. Seuss book, two victories were notched after the even-outcome against Wilder in 2018. Tom Schartz and Otto Wallin fell victim to the savvy of Fury, and helped him stay busy in preparation for a second showdown with Deontay.

Wilder and Fury met for the second time in February of 2020, making an exciting early start to what would otherwise be a tumultuous year. The bout, however, went differently than the first; Fury had no fear and took the fight to Wilder. Typically the aggressor, Wilder struggled to deal with the quick movements, angle changes and volume of Fury.

Fury’s efforts persisted throughout the night, as he caused Wilder to bleed out of his ear by the second round, hit the canvas in the third round, and touch it again in the fifth. Although Fury had a point deducted by the referee in the fifth round, it mattered not as Wilder continued being battered from pillar to post. A merciful end to the contest was elicited by the corner of Wilder, who threw the towel in halfway through the seventh round.

Now rematching 20 months later (rescheduled, shifted around, and generally just teased for much of that layoff period), we see a Deontay Wilder looking to prove that his drubbing last time out was merely a fluke. Tyson Fury, meanwhile, seeks to put an exclamation point on the trilogy with his old rival and end the discussion of who the undisputed heavyweight king is.


TYSON FURY: PROFILE

Stylistically, there is a lot to unpack when it comes to Tyson Fury. Despite his staggering 6’9” frame, Fury is a shockingly agile mover with particularly swift, and effective, head movement. As comfortable going forward as he is going back, the not-so-gentle giant’s footwork has become a legend in the heavyweight division in its own right.

If he has fast feet, the odds are that he has fast hands. The case rings true here, as Fury’s conditioning, volume, and overall speed have proven to be quite impressive for any heavyweight, let alone one of Fury’s stature.

Physical attributes aside, Fury is blessed with a heavy work ethic that has enabled him to improve technically at a remarkable rate over the years. Capable of utilizing finesse to nullify powerful opponents (like Deontay Wilder), he has also shown the ability to force fighters onto their back foot with volume, heavy body work, and sharp footwork that allows no room for escape.


DEONTAY WILDER: PROFILE

If there is a lot to unpack for Tyson Fury’s style, then perhaps it is best said that there is not enough to pack into Deontay Wilder’s style. A relatively simple fighter, the “Bronze Bomber” is best known for his explosive punching power and rather reckless offensive barrages.

Although older, wiser, and now a former world champion, Wilder has yet to display the maturity, interest, or ability to significantly improve his skills. While he has seen marginal improvements in the departments of head movement, jabbing, and using the hook to set up his missile of a right hand, none of those changes are what I’d call “elite” or truly difference making in this particular match up.

Wilder has vulnerabilities, and we’ve seen them before. Weak, stumbling foot work going backwards, mediocre defense, a tendency to panic when his wild swinging doesn’t elicit success, and durability that can be rattled by at least Tyson Fury.


THE VERDICT

Outside of a brilliant, highlight reel knockout win in an otherwise losing fight, I don’t expect Wilder to reinvent himself inside the ring this weekend. In fact, I expect more of the same from him, while he gets slowly picked apart by the technically superior Tyson Fury throughout the night. The only difference from last time? I think Wilder will be quicker to pacify his offense in order to survive the distance.

BETTING STRATEGY

BACK (WIN) — Tyson Fury by Decision at $4.40


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