Boxing tips: Fury v Wilder III betting odds and predictions
Jack Green makes his prediction as world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury takes on Deontay Wilder for the third time in Las Vegas.
Fury v Wilder III odds
Saturday night’s trilogy fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder could either cement one fighter’s name at the top of the heavyweight ranks or send the division into chaos.
After the first fight between these two ended in a draw back in December 2018, Fury became the heavyweight top dog by stopping Wilder to win the WBC and The Ring titles in February 2020.
His position was solidified when Anthony Joshua lost to Oleksandr Usyk last month, dropping his four world titles to the Ukrainian.
A win for Fury at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas this weekend would put a definitive end to this saga with Wilder, and ensure that he’s the man who will face either Usyk or Joshua in an undisputed title fight, hopefully in the near future.
Defeat for Fury, however, would muddy the waters. While at present Wilder can only claim to rank third at best among the world’s top heavyweights, handing Fury his first loss would put him back on level terms with the Mancunian and surely force a fourth and deciding fight between the two.
Fury is the favourite to earn the win on Saturday night and move to 31-0-1 for his career.
Wilder, meanwhile, is the underdog to gain revenge and take his record to 43-1-1.
Fury v Wilder III prediction
Fury has shown two different ways in which he can beat the American in their two fights so far.
In the first, he boxed from the outside and dominated up until he was caught with a big shot in the final round that nearly ended his night. Fury famously rose off the canvas and made it to the final bell, and was unfortunate to see the fight end in a draw.
In the rematch, he expertly implemented trainer Sugar Hill Steward’s gameplan, walking Wilder down constantly and roughing him up on the way to a seventh-round TKO.
Fury is a brilliant technical fighter, but he used his sheer size and physicality to bully Wilder in that second fight. It was a surprising strategy and a stunning performance, and it’s hard to see how the challenger bridges what looked like a huge gap in class between the two fighters on that night.
Wilder is, of course, a phenomenal power puncher who can stop any heavyweight with one shot, as he almost did in his first meeting with Fury.
He seems to have just a puncher’s chance here, though, and his comments since that defeat – where he has blamed everything from his ring outfit to Fury’s gloves, rather than his own performance – suggest he hasn’t learned from an emphatic loss.
As someone who clearly enjoys springing a surprise in and out of the ring, it’s hard to predict how Fury will approach this bout, but he showed very little respect for Wilder’s power last time they met and is unlikely to box cautiously from the outside here.
Whatever tactic he employs, the champion seems to have too much for the American to handle and another win inside the distance for Fury looks the right bet here.
Fury to win by KO/TKO/DQ