Match: Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury 2
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020
Location: MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas
The Line: Wilder -116, Fury -102,
TV Channel: ESPN+ PPV
Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury 2 Preview
The WBC world heavyweight title is on the line on Saturday as Deontay Wilder takes on Tyson Fury in a rematch from December 2018’s split decision. The bout lasted 12 hard fought rounds but Wilder had some of the hardest punches in the 12th round with a hard right and a left hook on Fury.
Fury had his moments during the bout. There were long stretches where Fury outboxed Wilder. At that time, most critics and analysts were shocked. If Fury is able to outbox Wilder in this bout, there won’t be any shock this time. If you recall, Fury had even escaped from a ninth round threat where he could’ve been knocked down. Instead, he got back up and continued to finish the fight.
These two fighters were both undefeated going into the bout and hadn’t done anything in the ring outside of winning. Because this fight was a split decision, there was no winner and the two fighters are still undefeated up to this point.
Fury (29-0-1, 20 KOs) has had quite the journey in boxing. Of course, the bigger story here is that he almost ended his career after his 2015 win over the undisputed champion Wladimir Klitschko.
Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KOs) has a little bit more experience than Fury. A win for Wilder would create a legacy among the greats of the sport, especially when looking at the heavyweight division. In those 43 fights, 41 of them have been finished before the final bell. Those two fights were against Fury and Bermane Stiverne.
Wilder vs. Fury 2 Key Trends
- The first fight between these two ended in a split draw.
- Fury won the majority of rounds in the first fight
- Wilder scored two knockdowns, one each in the 9th and 12th rounds to get the split decision.
- Both fighters are undefeated with one tie each
- Fury and Wilder are both 2-0 since the first fight between these two fighters.
Wilder vs. Fury 2 Betting Lines
- Wilder: (-116)
- Fury: (-102)
- Draw: (+2300)
Method of Victory:
- Wilder: Points or Decision (+900)
- Wilder: KO/TKO (+115)
- Fury: Points or Decision (+170)
- Fury: KO/TKO (+500)
Wilder vs. Fury 2 Prediction
Fury boxed brilliantly in his first bout against Wilder. When everyone counted out Fury, he was dominant. But that was with Ben Davison by his side. At the end of 2019, Fury made the decision to split with his trainer Ben Davison and brought on Javan “Sugar” Hill.
In the first fight, Fury had many cuts under his eye that opened up pretty easily. If Wilder opens up cuts like that, Fury would be boxing with one eye at that point. Fury has had a history of getting roughed up. He had a deep gash from Otto Wallin, who wasn’t supposed to be much of a fight. It took months to heal. If Wilder can split him up again, Fury will be in major trouble.
If Fury wants to win this bout, he’ll need to defend well and start frustrating Wilder. That’s basically what Fury did in the first bout to Wilder. Fury will have success with his jabs along with moving around. However, Fury has plenty of time to connect a haymaker and easily has more power in his shots.
Fury can win this match but he’ll need to be perfect again. He has a new trainer and coach and that could be a problem coming into this match. Fury is the better boxer while Wilder has more power. This match rests on Fury’s defense and how long he can stay in the ring with Wilder.
With that said, Wilder will win this fight. You can take Wilder to win at (-116) but I’ll get even better odds with Wilder to win by KO/TKO (+115).
If Wilder is going to win, it’s going to be by knockout. I don’t think this match lasts the full 12 rounds. Both fighters will make adjustments and find flaws in their opponent to finish the fight earlier. Neither one wants another split decision.