Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder predictions, full fight preview
Two of the consensus three top Heavyweights on the planet duke it out TONIGHT (Sat., Dec. 1, 2018) at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., as undefeated WBC champion Deontay Wilder faces former titleholder Tyson Fury.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE coverage of the Wilder-Fury main event later this evening, which caps off a four-fight Showtime Boxing pay-per-view (PPV) event that starts at 9 p.m. ET.
Wilder has held the WBC title for nearly four years, defeating Bermane Stiverne for the belt and defending it seven times. His last defense was his most difficult yet, a brutal slugfest with Luis Ortiz that saw Wilder fell the Cuban veteran in the tenth round.
Fury was the unified champion after a 2015 upset of Wladimir Klitschko, but his struggles with mental illness kept him out of action for all of 2016 and 2017. He’s picked up a pair of get-well wins over Sefer Seferi and Francisco Pianeta this year.
So what happens when we smash these big boys together?
Name: Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder
Record: 40-0 (39 KO)
Last Five Fights: Luis Ortiz (TKO-10), Bermane Stiverne (KO-1), Gerald Washington (TKO-5), Chris Arreola (RTD-8), Artur Szpilka (KO-9)
Significant Victories (other than those mentioned above): None
Name: Tyson Fury
Record: 27-0 (19 KO)
Last Five Fights: Francisco Pianeta (UD), Sefer Seferi (RTD-4), Wladimir Klitschko (UD), Christian Hammer (RTD-8), Dereck Chisora (RTD-10)
Significant Victories (other than those mentioned above): Steve Cunningham
Way back when I was first starting out in this gig, I watched a fighter by the name of Randall “The KO King” Bailey. I only ever saw him when he was on the downswing, so I’m not sure if it was a product of his decline or just the way he was, but he’d throw maybe 10 real punches each round. This strategy generally got him either decisioned or outright mauled against top-level opposition, but when he decided to let that right hand go, dudes broke.
Deontay Wilder fights like that all the time, except for him it actually works.
There’s nothing about Wilder’s boxing that makes sense. He’s 6’7,” but regularly weighs in under 220 pounds. He throws 33 percent fewer power punches per round than the average Heavyweight. His punch selection is “jab, straight right, aimless flailing.” And yet here he is, potentially on the other side of the Xykon Threshold and pissing off fight analysts everywhere.
Fury is every bit as unique. Despite being 6’9” and weighing between 240-260 pounds when he’s in shape, he has an almost preternatural ability to make any fight unwatchable. Leaning on opponents, doddering outside of their range like two Dominick Cruzes in a trenchcoat, or putting together combinations that stretch the definition of “punching,” nothing about him screams “Heavyweight champion.”
And yet here he is.
In all likelihood, this fight is going to be borderline unwatchable. The entertaining portion, should it happen, will last anywhere from 1-15 seconds. Every second that Fury is conscious, he’s going to be winning this fight, dancing around Wilder at range or forcing the infamously weedy “Bronze Bomber” to carry his weight in the clinch.
Wilder’s right hand is just such a fundamental game-changer, though, and he’s proven over and over that there is no deficit he can’t claw his way out of in a single punch.
Expect a flurry of boos as Fury makes Wilder look pedestrian but refuses to do any damage himself, only for Wilder to use the 36 minutes allotted to him to land one single, perfect right cross that ends things in an instant.