As a combat sports writer, you get to enjoy the beauty of this fight world. You see the good, the bad, the ugly, but also the improbable. If you have followed Tyson Fury’s career then it’s obvious that you love boxing and you have seen the rise, fall and comeback of arguably the best heavyweight in the world right now. I want to take you on a path that culminates on December 1st at Staples Center.
For all the good things we can say about boxing, there’s always the constant negative: We rarely see the best fight the best in their prime. That is not the case here, both gentlemen are in their prime and both are top 3 in their division, this is beautiful. We will see arguably the 2 best heavyweights in their prime fighting each other live on Pay Per View, Tyson Fury versus Deontay Wilder. When we talk about Wilder there’s one characteristic that trumps all: Fight ending power. Ask Kelvin Price, Audley Harrison, Bermane Stiverne, (you get the point). As spectacular as Wilder’s KO’s are, we need to remind ourselves that Wilder could’ve chosen any other sport and dominated it like he is doing with boxing. Finally, he gets his big chance against another big name, top 3 fighter in the division and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Tyson Fury, the improbable but uber-talented champion who shocked everyone except himself when he dethroned Wladimir Klitschko 3 years ago, yes, the same Wladimir Klitschko that Anthony Joshua beat, well, not really because Fury beat a younger, faster, stronger version of Klitschko and rarely found himself in any trouble against him (Unlike AJ) but, that’s another subject for some other time. “The Gypsy King” is going to have his hands full on December 1st and as he does every time, when the pressure is on him he rises to the occasion. Let’s take a look at each fighter’s keys to win.
Keys to win
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize what Wilder is going to try to do, he will try to take Fury’s head off with a right hand, repeatedly. Wilder’s power and explosiveness are unteachable and nearly impossible to defend, especially in the early rounds. Wilder needs to establish his power early on and do 2 things he usually doesn’t do: fight as the “smaller” fighter and because of that, try to fight on the inside. It will be interesting to see the adjustments Wilder will have to make coming into this fight. For Tyson Fury one of his main tools is movement and lots of it. Fury needs to stay as far away from Wilder as possible, he can afford to do it, he’s the bigger man. Fury has such an uncomfortable, unorthodox style that makes opponents doubt and hesitate, which Fury then takes advantage of. Luis Ortiz gave Wilder problems when he kept sticking and moving, Wilder looked for him but he wasn’t there, If Fury can adjust his game plan to liken that of Ortiz, it will be a good night for him. Many questions will be answered next Saturday, Can Fury Take Wilder’s Powerful right hand? Can Wilder find Fury and connect cleanly?
Given that this is a highly anticipated fight, opinions/predictions are all over the place and it’s to be expected. But in reality, only 2 scenarios are possible: Wilder victory by devastating KO or Fury by wide decision. My two cents; if Wilder catches Fury like Steve Cunningham caught Fury with that nasty overhand right, Fury won’t wake up for another week or two. But my official prediction is Fury by Unanimous Decision 117-111. Write it down.