Wilder vs Fury: Battle for heavyweight title at Staples Center
Wilder vs Fury preview and predictions
Fight night information
When is it? Saturday December 1st
What time does it start? Midnight ET
Where is it being held? Staples Center
Which channel is it on? Showtime PPV
Tyson Fury puts his undefeated record to the test against undisputed WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.
Wilder (40-0) has been head and shoulders above the rest of the heavyweight class. The explosive fighter has taken down 39 of his professional opponents via knockout, including a first-round knockout during his rematch against Bermane Stiverne in November 2017.
Prior to the first round TKO, Stiverne had been the lone fighter to take Wilder the distance in 2015 when Wilder first won the WBC heavyweight title.
His most recent fight was against Luis Ortiz earlier this year which was stopped in the 10th round as Wilder won on TKO thus successfully retaining the title for the seventh consecutive time.
Wilder's resume undoubtedly speaks to his power and greatness in the ring during his reign as champion.
Fury (27-0) will have his work cut out for him if he plans on becoming the first to dethrone Wilder and remain unbeaten.
His biggest bout to date happened nearly three years ago when producing a shock victory over Wladimir Klitschko as the underdog in 2015 claiming the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight championships.
On the night Fury's unorthodox style worked to his advantage against an uncomfortable Klitschko, who had been unbeaten for the previous 11 years.
Fury's mobility made Klitschko timid at times and hesitant to throw punches that were needed to control and ultimately win the fight via judges' decision.
However since then, Fury has only fought in just 14 rounds of action due to his personal battle with mental health.
Wilder vs Fury Over/Under
The over/under in this matchup is set at 9.5 rounds.
My final fight prediction: Deontay WIlder wins in 7th Round TKO
Take the under in this fight.
Fury cannot be overlooked due to his success as a significant underdog against Klitschko. Although, I believe the ring rust will be too much for him to overcome as Wilder should retain the title.
Wilder vs Fury Moneyline
Think Wilder will get the job done? Betting $145 wins a $105 profit.
Like Fury to pull the upset? Spending $80 wins $100 profit.
Where the fight will be won or lost
Wilder's speed, power and range will decide this fight.
He should be able to take control of the fight with his heavy hands if Fury cannot shake the rust and becomes sluggish over time.
For Fury, he will need to demonstrate composure if he wants to get Wilder out of his comfort zone.
If he can pull off a wire-to-wire performance over 12 rounds similar to the effort against Klitschko he should have a chance in this fight.