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SHEP’S VIEW: DEONTAY WILDER VS. TYSON FURY

Deontay Wilder V Tyson Fury fight Saturday, December 1st 2018 at the Staples Center for the WBC Heavyweight Title.

Deontay Wilder I from Tuscaloosa, Alabama and became the first American heavyweight champion in nine years when he beat Bermane Stiverne in 2015. Wilder enters this fight with a 40-0 record that includes 39 knockouts. This will be Wilder’s four-fight since 2017, and he’s coming off a March win over Luis Ortiz.

Wilder was tested for the first time in his career, as he was close to being knocked out and given his first loss in the mid rounds against Ortiz. he however found a way to dig deep and get the victory, and he’ll defend his belt for an eighth straight fight.

The 33-year-old American who stands at 6’7”, has an 83-inch reach and an orthodox stance. Wilder has now produced stoppages in each of his last seven fights and 10 of his last 13 fights have ended in the ninth round or earlier. He is athletic with a huge reach and is built more like a basketball player, as his combination of size and strength is simply unreal.

Wilder is all punching power, as he swings for the fences whenever he throws and it’s paid off considering all but one of his fights have ended in a stoppage. Wilder is fun to watch whenever things are going well and it’s pretty much over once he starts landing combinations.

he is an unorthodox fighter and launches marauding attacks, he doesn’t have the best footwork and his defence has holes. Wilder showed a strong chin against Luis Ortiz overcoming a dangerous period in the seventh round in his last fight.

Tyson Fury is a traveller from Manchester, England who ballooned to 400lb during a two-year drink and drugs binge before shredding almost half his body weight for his current comeback.

Fury will look to claim the one major title that has evaded his career thus far, the WBC title, in what would be his greatest win since Wladimir Klitschko when he outpointed the then dominant champion.

He enters this fight with a 27-0 record that includes 19 knockouts. This will be Fury’s third fight this year, and he’s coming off an August victory over Francesco Pianeta.

Fury was in much better shape in his second fight since 2015, and he got a much needed 10 rounds under his belt. He landed a good number of power punches and mentioned that he wasn’t going for the quick stoppage, as he had to prove his conditioning was improving.

He has boxed 14 rounds this year and has to like the progress he has made with his weight loss. Fury is 30 years old, stands at 6’9”, has an 85-inch reach and an orthodox stance. At the top of his game, Fury has excellent technique and an even better boxing IQ.

The Lineal champion has great footwork, moves well for his size and has great punch selection. Fury is a master of game-management in the ring if he gets the gameplan right and executes as he did against Klitschko he could end up winning a 12 round decision.

It’s going to take a fight like this to prove Fury is capable of returning back to the top of the sport given the weight gain and the lengthy absence. This will be his second career fight in the United States. His first fight dating back to April 20th 2013 against Steve Cunningham at the Madison Square Garden, New York when Tyson climbed off the canvas to KO Cunningham in the 7th Round.

By Michael Shepherd 

I've been in the boxing industry for over 16 years but been a fan for almost double that figure. I'm the proud owner of TopClassBoxing which continues to go from strength to strength as we strive to give fight fans a voice to be heard amongst the community. I've also had several articles published by reputable magazines and you can usually catch me around ringside.

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