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Fury v Wilder III: Free Bets & Betting Offers (24th July Las Vegas)

heavyweight boxer cartoon looks like tyson furyBoxing is full of big personalities and love him or loath him Tyson Fury is perhaps the biggest there is in the sport right now.  The current WBC heavyweight world champion went AWOL win 2016 losing his titles following illegal substance misuse allegations.

In January 2018 the Gypsy King announced his comeback and went through the motions against Seferi and Pianeta with easy victories he was entitled to fight at the top level again.  Following a breakdown in talks between Anthony Joshua’s camp and Deontay Wilder’s, Tyson Fury stepped up to put his name down to fight for the WBC heavyweight title.

The LA fight on 2nd December 2018 ended in a spectacular, and rare, draw.  The fight went the distance and despite Tyson being knocked-down twice, he was able to carry on Many felt Fury should have won clearly, and would have done on home soil.

He set the record straight in the re-match in February 2020, finally taking the WBC belt by knocking down the previously undefeated Wilder twice before the towel was thrown in the seventh round.  The victory has been lauded as one of the best boxing displays in history, especially considering The Gypsy King had only changed his trainer and style two months earlier.

Unfortunately we will now have to wait for the big AJ fight with Wilder now enforcing a re-re-match through the courts.  The fight will take place on the 24th July in the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, this means for those in the UK it will be around 4am on the Sunday.  It will be the third match against Wilder (it’s getting a bit like Rocky), but nonetheless it should be a decent watch and with Fury pretty, well, furious about it all, an early KO is not out of the question. On this page you will find betting odds, offers, fight information and you can also read about Tyson Fury and his career so far.

Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder III Betting Offers

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Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder III

Date & Time (UK) Where Weight Title TV
25/07/2021 ~4am Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas Heavyweight WBC Sky Box Office

Just as the boxing community finally thought it was going to get the fight that everyone wanted between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua, it turns out that the Gypsy King’s next bout is instead going to be against Deontay Wilder. Again. Having already faced each other twice, Wilder and Fury have apparently decided that another fight between the two of them is what everyone actually wants to see, even if they didn’t think as much.

Deontay Wilder had the right to call Fury out for a third fight as that was in the contract when he was lost the WBC title to the Gypsy King in February 2020.  Wilder needed to take the matter to court, however, to enforce the bout go ahead. Fury became impatient waiting for a third fight following unforeseen delays due to the pandemic and had arranged to fight Anthony Joshua in the fight of a generation in Saudi Arabia on 14th August.

The fight that will make up the trilogy and decide once and for all which of the two of them really gets to claim superiority has been scheduled for the 24th of July, with the venue likely to be the Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas. The fight wasn’t supposed to happen, at least not until AJ and Fury had gone head-to-head, but an arbitrator ruled that contractual obligations means it has to happen before the 15th of September 2021.

The thing is we are now bored of seeing Wilder and given the entire boxing world wants to see a unification bout hopefully something can be done to make sure he fights AJ next.

What Are The Fighting For?

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It would be easy enough to imagine the sentence ‘what are they fighting for?’ uttered in an exacerbated manner rather than an inquisitive one, such is the extent to which few people in the world of boxing actually wanted this fight to happen. Contracts are contracts, however, and when the second fight ended in a victory for Fury thanks to a seventh round Technical Knockout, a rematch was always likely to come up at some point.

The first bout between the pair ended in a somewhat controversial draw back in 2018, with many involved in boxing feeling that Wilder got lucky with some generous judges. There was no such luck in February of 2020, with the Gypsy King dominating the bout throughout. The third fight will apparently see Fury take a 60-40 split of the purse, which at least helps to explain why he has put off the fight against Joshua for the time being.

In terms of what they’re fighting for, Fury took the World Boxing Council heavyweight title off Wilder in that 2020 fight, so that’s what is up for grabs again this time around. Fury should have been aiming to unify the heavyweight titles, given that AJ holds the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO titles, but instead he’s putting his WBC title on the line in order to take on Wilder one more time.

In many ways, it’s no surprise that these three boxers are the ones dancing around for fights, given that ESPN rank the Gypsy King as the world’s best heavyweight boxer, Joshua as the second-best and Wilder as the third-best. Interestingly, Oleksandr Usyk comes in tied-fourth with Dillian Whyte and the WBO have ordered AJ to fight the Ukranian in the wake of the breakdown of an agreement between his camp and Fury’s.

There’s an argument, therefore, that what they’re also fighting over is the chance to take on Anthony Joshua next, presuming AJ emerges from his fight against Usyk successfully and with all his belts still to his name. It is part of Joshua’s road to recovery, given the shock that the boxing world suffered when he lost to Andy Ruiz Junior back in 2019. He achieved that partially when he won his belts back, but an Usyk win would confirm it.

Back to Fury v Wilder III and it’s difficult to see how this is anything other than a vanity exercise from Wilder. In the eyes of many, he has lost to Fury twice now and a third defeat would surely see his career lie in tatters. It’s unlikely that the Gypsy King will lose at the third time of asking, having already gained a good understanding of how Wilder likes to fight, so it feels like pride is the other thing on the line alongside the belt and the chance to fight Joshua.

What The Experts Think

boxing gloves impactingBookmakers aren’t boxing experts, but it’s always helpful to see which way they are leaning as they tend to have a good sense of how a fight will go. They currently have Fury as the 2/7 favourite, with most offering 5/6 that he’ll do it by knockout. For Wilder, meanwhile, the odds are 5/2 on him winning and 11/4 of him doing it by knockout, which is somewhat insulting for a man who is known for his punching power.

Considering both Bob Arum and Eddie Hearn were saying in January of this year that there would be no third fight between Wilder and Fury, the experts can be forgiven for being slightly blindsided by the likely completion of the trilogy. You’ll also be hard-pressed to find any experts that don’t think Fury will win the fight with relative ease, whilst the man himself believes that he’ll ‘smash’ Wilder in the fight.

The always understated Gypsy King said,

“I’ve got his heart, his soul, his mojo — every bit of substance of Deontay Wilder, I’ve got it right here in me pocket. I’ve carried it around with me for the last 18 months. He’s a glutton for punishment. He’s an idiot. He got absolutely dismantled and smashed to bits in our last fight, and he wants that all over again…He’s either one of two things: Absolutely crazy, or he’s a sucker for punishment.”

Just as certain as a Fury victory, in the eyes of most experts at any rate, is that the build-up to the fight will probably have more drama than the actual bout itself. Both men are known to enjoy a bit of trash-talking, so it’s no surprise that the Gypsy King has already set his stall out. Fury has proven himself to be the better boxer over the two previous fights, with CBS Boxing’s Brent Brookhouse suggesting only a big punch from Wilder could save him.

Brookhouse said,

“Wilder punches as hard as anyone in boxing and maybe anyone in the history of boxing, punch-for-punch.”

If Fury is the better fighter and Wilder will be depending on one big punch to get himself the win, many are wondering whether we’re in store for a slightly more boring and cagey fight than we saw with the previous two. It will be interesting to see how it plays out, but the sooner it’s over and AJ v Fury is back on the cards the better.

What Next For Fury?

heavyweight boxer looks like anthony joshuaTyson Fury remains determined to prove that he’s the best boxer of his generation and the only way that he’ll get to do that in any convincing way is if he gets into the ring with Anthony Joshua.

AJ’s loss to Andy Ruiz Jr might well have put a blemish on his record, but he’s still considered to be one of the best fighters in the world and the loss a freak one that came about because he simply wasn’t focused enough for the fight.

When AJ took his belts back off the Mexican in Saudi Arabia in December 2019 we saw a far more disciplined boxing display.  A unification fight between two Brits on UK soil is likely to be one of the biggest sporting events of the century if it comes off (likely to be held in Saudi if it does happen – money talks).  It is specifically interesting as both men are ‘boxers’ not just punchers and so this would likely be a hell of fight.

Tyson Fury vs AJ: H2H Stats + Betting Offers

The long awaited fight between the Gypsy King and AJ has again be thwarted after a multitude of set backs, the latest being the court sanctioned re-re-match with Wilder.  The fight will happen at some point this year or next, though, and it will be the biggest heavyweight fight of this century and possibly the biggest all British fight ever.

It is a really tough fight to call, which makes it such an enticing spectacle in an age where most fights have clear favourites due to mandatory fighters always getting first dibs.  Therefore, we have created a dedicated page for this massive bout that compares head-to-head stats for the fighters to help you choose your bets, of course we also list all the best deals for the fight from UK bookies.

The table below is a preview, head over to the AJ v Fury page for more.

Anthony Joshua Tyson Fury
% KO’s (Number) 88% (22) 68% (21)
Round With Most KO’s 2 5
Ave Punches / Round 35 47
Punch Success 31% 25%

Tyson Fury Profile

boxing legend poster with union jack flag

The world of boxing has always been one filled with controversy, but few characters quite tick that box like Tyson Fury. Even his nickname suggest a touch of the less palatable, being known as The Gypsy King. Born in the Wythenshawe area of Manchester in 1988, Tyson Luke Fury, his nickname comes from the fact that his family has Irish Traveller heritage. You could say that Fury was born to be a boxer, having been given the name ‘Tyson’ by his dad as a nod to the then-reigning world heavyweight champion, Mike Tyson.

That decision came about because his father, John Fury, was a boxer in the 1980s. Having begun life as a bare-knuckle fighter and occasional unlicensed boxer, John later turned professional and was known as ‘Gypsy’ John Fury. That’s not the only link to boxing in his family, either. The former WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee is Tyson Fury’s cousin, as are both Hosea Burton, the one-time British light heavyweight, and Hughie Fury, a heavyweight. There’s also a family link to Bartley Gorman, the self-proclaimed ‘King of the Gypsies’.

Early Career

boxing gloves red pairDespite having been born in the Manchester area, Tyson Fury identifies strongly with his Irish heritage and that might explain why his early boxing career began at the Holy Family Boxing Club in the capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast. He soon switched to the Smithboro Club in the County Monaghan district of the Republic of Ireland. In 2006 he won a bronze medal during the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships, as well as taking part in the senior national championships that year.

His first real victory came in May of 2007 when he won the EU Junior Championship for England. Despite being ranked as the third best junior in the world, he missed out on a place in the Olympic squad to travel to Beijing for the 2008 Olympic Games to David Price, who he had lost to in the senior national championships back in 2006. Price’s absence at the Olympics played into Tyson’s hands, however, and he became the ABA national champion in 2008. It also persuaded him to turn professional earlier than intended, fearing that he might wait around for the 2012 Olympics only to miss out again.

Turning Professional

boxing ringHaving fought thirty-five fights as an amateur and racking up a score of thirty-one wins and four defeats, with twenty-six of his wins being via knockout, Fury became a professional in December of 2008 when he fought on the undercard of Carl Froch and Jean Pascal in Nottingham. His first professional bout was against a Hungarian named Bela Gyongyosi, with Fury winning via technical knockout in the first round.

Fury enjoyed six more fight in the next seven months, winning all of them within four rounds. In September of 2009 he fought his biggest fight so far when he took on the reigning English heavyweight champion, John McDermott. The match was a closely fought contest that lasted the full ten rounds before Fury won on points. Many considered this to be the incorrect decision, having scored the match in favour of McDermott.

Climbing The Ladder

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Fury kept on challenging himself, leading to a match against the undefeated heavyweight Derek Chisora in July of 2011. Around three million people tuned into Channel 5 to watch the twenty-two-year-old Fury beat the man five years his elder on points after twelve tough rounds. That resulted in the Manchester-born boxer becoming the British and Commonwealth heavyweight title holder, which in turn led to more fights.

In 2011 Fury fought two fights in the space of three months, taking on Nicolai Firtha in a non-title bout in Belfast in September before defending his Commonwealth title against Canadian champion Neven Pajkic in November. He won the first fight in the fifth round and the second in the third. He fought a number of other bouts in the months that followed, leading to a match against Kevin Johnson in November of 2012 that he won and, in doing so, set himself up for a fight against the WBC title holder at the time, Vitali Klitschko.

Becoming World Champion

boxer celebrating in front of union jackHaving once again fought Chisora in November 2014 in a WBO title eliminator, Tyson Fury made a declaration to the world champion at the time, Wladimir Klitschko, that he was ‘coming for’ him. Before the world heavyweight title fight, however, he took on Romanian-German fighter Christian Hammer at the O2 in London. Fury won the fight in the eighth round when Hammer’s corner stopped the fight, setting him up nicely for his battle with Klitschko.

In preparation for the fight, which was due to take place in October of 2015 but was postponed because the Ukrainian suffered a calf injury, Fury worked with two of the highest ranked kickboxers in Rico Verhoeven and Benjamin Adegbuyi. In the end the much anticipated fight, which took place in Dusseldorf’s Espirit Arena, was a disappointment. Neither fighter truly went for their opponent, with Klitschko landing just fifty-two of his two hundred and thirty-one punches and Fury not doing much better with only eighty-six of his three hundred and seventy-one punches finding their mark.

Nevertheless, Tyson Fury won the bout thanks to the judges’s scores, earning cards of 115:112, 115:112 and 116:111. It meant that he became the unified world champion of the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, Lineal and The Ring heavyweight titles. As the contract for the fight had a rematch clause, however, the IBF stripped him of his title as he was unable to take on their mandatory challenger.

In October of 2016 he voluntarily vacated the WBA (Unified), WBO, IBO titles after it emerged he was under investigation for anti-doping and medical issues. In that same month, the British Boxing Board of Control suspended his licence.

Tyson Fury Come-Back

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In early 2018 Fury announced his come-back on Twitter.  He quickly embarked on a serious training campaign having gained a lot of weight and lost muscle mass.  By June 2018, having lost reportedly over 110 pounds in weight, he fought Sefer Serferi and won in 4 rounds.  Despite losing a lot of weight he still came in 66 pounds heavier than his opponent.  Fury was an easy victor, showboating for the first two rounds before dispatching Serferi easily following a warning from the referee.

Fury followed up with another routine victory against Francesco Pianeta in August 2018.  In fact, he said he only took the fight to 10 rounds so he could work on his jab!  The victory meant Fury could finally get back into the big leagues and faced his toughest test since he lost his belts in 2016 when he took on Deontay Wilder in December 2018 in the US for the WBC heavyweight title.

The winner was hoping to earn the right to take on Anthony Joshua, but this had to wait as fight ended in an unexpected draw.  One of the best heavyweight bouts in years, the fight lasted the full 12 rounds with one judge scoring for Wilder, one for Fury and one a tie, leading to the draw decision.

Fury was twice knocked-down in the 9th and 12th round, and somehow got up and carried on, but on balance most people think it was Fury who won showed top class counter-punching skills.

The Gyspy King Becomes Heavyweight World Champion, Again

tyson fury dressed as a king on a throneThe Wilder rematch in Las Vegas in February 2020 was one of the most hyped fights in decades, it broke records for attendance and viewing figures and fortunately for us it lived up to its billing.

Fury knew he was the better boxer but feared he would be unable to win on points against the US opponent on his home soil, therefore, just two months prior to the WBC fight he changed his trainer to SugarHill Steward and decided to take a more direct approach.  Deontay and many others had said Tyson couldn’t punch, stating he had pillow fists.

The Gyspy King, who was carried to the ring on a throne dressed as a king, came straight out at Wilder, putting him on the back foot and not allowing him to dictate with his hard punching style.  Fury owned the fight, knocking down Wilder not once but twice in the fifth and seventh rounds before Wilder’s team thew in the towel.

It was one of the most accomplished boxing styles of a generation and outstanding considering he had only been working with SugarHill for a matter of weeks before the fight.  It made him odds on to beat Joshua now, something unimaginable 12 months before.

AJ Forced To Wait As Wilder Forced A Third Fight

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Finally, finally, we thought we had at last secured the bout everyone wants to see, the fight of a generation, if not the biggest British fight of all time.  The AJ v Fury fight had been set for the 14th August 2021, it was to be hosted by Saudi Arabia, which was a bit of a kick in the teeth to British fans believing it should be held on home soil, but nonetheless people were very happy the fight was finally happening after serial delays.

Wilder of course had the right to a third re-match, it was a clause in the contract for the second fight.  It wasn’t his fault that the fight didn’t happen sooner, that was thanks largely to issues with restrictions caused by corona virus.  Still, many hoped he would step aside to allow the unification fight to go ahead but as we know boxing is a selfish sport and that was born out by Wilder taking the legal route to force the third fight.  Wilder, understandably, wants the WBC belt for himself so he can be the one to take on AJ.

All this means Fury now needs to go through the motions yet again.  He is fairly angry given he believes he is in peak condition and is already the favourite to beat Joshua.  He will likely take that anger into the ring with Wilder and that will go one of two ways, an early knockout or a potential upset.

Controversies

As mentioned at the start of this piece, Tyson Fury is a controversial and divisive figure. A practicing Catholic, the boxer has made numerous statements over the years that have caused raised eyebrows.

In 2013, for example, he declared that he would ‘hang’ his own sister if she were promiscuous. He also declared David Price and Tony Bellew to be ‘gay lovers’, which was just one of the homophobic comments that he’s made during his career.

Known as someone who can go ‘off the wall’ Fury also very publicly set a bad example when he went off the rails following is first triumph as heavyweight champion.  Heavy drinking and drug abuse lead him to lose his belts, balloon to 28 stone and generally became an outcast.  While that is a dark chapter in his history he should also be commended for coming back from that to become heavyweight champion again, not something easily done.

Tyson Fury Stats and Facts

  • Full Name: Tyson Luke Fury
  • Nickname: Gypsy King
  • Nationality: British
  • Date of Birth: 12th August 1988
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • Weight: Heavyweight
  • Height: 6 foot 8 3/4 inches
  • Reach: 85 inches
  • Professional Record To Date: 31 fights, 30 wins, 1 draw, 0 loses, 21 knock-outs
  • Titles: Current WBC Champion, Former IBF, WBA, WBO, IBO

Deontay Wilder Profile

detonay wilderDeontay Leshun Wilder was born on the 22nd of October 1985 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He started boxing 20 years later, almost to the day, when he attended the Skyy Boxing Gym in Northport Alabama and began working with the trainer Jay Deas. Within two years he’d started making a name for himself, winning both the US Championships and the National Golden Gloves at a weight of 201 pounds.

He entered Olympic trials and beat fighters that he’d already beaten during the Golden Gloves series, winning the trials in just 21 bouts and proving he was a fighter with real potential. He defeated both the Algerian Abdelaziz Toulbini and the Moroccan Mohamed Arjaoui before losing to the Italian Clemente Russo to earn himself a Bronze medal in the Heavyweight discipline. It was, of course, the Olympics that saw Anthony Joshua make his name 4 years later when he won Gold as a super heavyweight.

Wilder turned professional in 2008 as a 23-year-old, knocking out Ethan Cox in the second round of his first ever professional bout at the Vanderbilt University Memorial Gymnasium in Tennessee. He fought 7 times in 2009 and won all his bouts in the first round. He achieved a 25-fight unbeaten streak up to October of 2012, winning his first title in December that year when he knocked out 37-year-old Kelvin Prince who had hitherto been unbeaten.

In the years that followed Wilder began to enhance his reputation as he made his way through the boxing ranks, making his UK debut when he defeated previous Olympic Gold medallist Audley Harrison after just over a minute on the undercard for the Amir Khan versus Julio Díaz fight in Sheffield. Harrison retired four days later. The following month Frank Warren confirmed that Wilder would headline the card at Wembley Arena against Dereck Chisora, but the fight fell through when Wilder was arrested in Las Vegas for domestic abuse.

His first shot at the WBC heavyweight title came in March 2014 when he beat Malik Scott and made himself the mandatory challenger to Bermane Stiverne. The pair fought in January of 2015 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Vegas where Wilder won by unanimous decision. He would go on to defeat Eric Molina, Johann Duhaupas and Artur Szpilka, with Tyson Fury calling Wilder out at the end of the latter fight.

Fury got his wish in 2018, when the pair went head-to-head at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It ended up being declared a draw after 12 rounds, with the Mexican judge calling it 115-111 to Wilder, the Canadian one giving it to Fury by 114-112 and the British judge saying it was a 113-113 draw. The crowd booed the decision, feeling that Fury had taken the WBC title. In May of the following year he confirmed his position as the WBC champion by knocking out Dominic Breazeale in the first round, then in November he knocked Luis Ortiz out in their re-match in the seventh round.

Shortly after the Ortiz fight Wilder agreed a rematch with Tyson Fury for February 2020.  When the fight came around both men had bulked up weighing in heavier but it was Fury who showed greater focus knocking down the American in the third and the fifth before The Bronze Bomber finally succumbed by technical knock-out in the seventh when his corner threw in the towel.

With Wilder holding the belt at the time of the second bout it was built into the contract that should he lose, which he did, that he could force a third fight.  The bout couldn’t happen easily, though, with the 2020 corona virus pandemic preventing the fight from happening in the same year.  In the meantime Fury grew weary and arranged to fight Anthony Joshua, requiring Wilder to go to the court of arbitration who ruled that Fury had to fight Wilder again.  That fight will now happen in Vegas again on 24th July 2021.

Deontay Wilder Stats and Facts

  • Full Name: Deontay Leshun Wilder
  • Nickname: The Bronze Bomber
  • Nationality: American
  • Date of Birth: 22nd October 1985
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • Weight: Heavyweight
  • Height: 6 foot 7 inches
  • Reach: 83 inches
  • Record: 44 Fights – 42 Wins (41 by KO) – 1 Loss – 1 Draw
  • Titles: Former WBC Champion
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