The most anticipated rematch in boxing is finally upon us, with Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder set to face off in Las Vegas on Saturday in their heavyweight world title rematch.
WBC heavyweight champion Wilder last met the Gypsy King in December 2018 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. And that clash ended in a split-decision draw.
Fury went down in the ninth and 12th rounds, but is firmly in the view that he should have been given the win last time out. The bout was scored 115-111 for Wilder, 114-112 for Fury and 113-113.
Both boxers boast an unbeaten record in their careers. Fury has won 29 times and drew once in 30 fights, with Wilder on 42 wins and one draw as a professional. Their last encounter was the only time either have failed to win a professional fight.
Fury last fought against Sweden’s Otto Wallin in September, winning via a unanimous decision despite suffering a bad cut to his eye early on.
But he is aiming for a quicker fight in Las Vegas, and is hoping to knock Wilder out as early as the second round. His opponent, however, is equally confident that he will come out on top on Saturday.
The December meeting was Fury’s first world title fight since returning to boxing the previous summer. The 31-year-old had been out of the sport for three years, before becoming the first and only boxer to have faced Wilder and not lose.
If he can overcome the American, the Briton will have won every major heavyweight title during his career.
But his opponent has held the WBC world heavyweight belt since defeating fellow American Bermane Stiverne on points in 2015.
Moreover, the 34-year-old has successfully defended that belt ten times, the same number of defences as Muhammad Ali, who managed the feat between 1974 and 1978.
Wilder is currently evens to win the fight, with Fury available at 10/11.
Another draw is available at 22/1.
It’s 5/4 for the fight to go the distance. And there’s odds of 22/1 and 16/1 should it end in the first or second rounds respectively.
Other odds include the fight ending in round eight at 11/1, and rounds ten and 11 at 13/1 and 14/1 respectively.
Wilder by Knockout is 7/2, and he’s 2/1 to win by Technical Knockout. He’s 20/1 to win by either Unanimous Decision or Split Decision, and 25/1 by Majority Decision.
Fury is currently 14/1 to be victorious by KO and 6/1 by TKO. The Gypsy King is available at 2/1 for a UD win, 14/1 for SD and 22/1 to win by MD.
Promoter Frank Warren has already announced that a third fight between the pair will happen this summer. But all eyes are currently fixated on the second battle.
The MGM Grand in Las Vegas plays host to the highly-anticipated spectacle on Saturday evening.