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Paul J Daley – Fury UD / Possible TKO – As a fan of pure boxing It don’t need me to emphasize the fact that Deontay Wilder’s style can at times make my eyes bleed, BUT even I also can’t deny its effectiveness. Shots thrown from unconventional angles, delivered with such velocity that it throws him off balance shouldn’t work but each of his opponents can attest that they most certainly do, well after a night or two in A&E first. 

Tyson Fury, on the other hand, is the role reversal of Wilder, far from exciting sometimes his style can be considered the cure for insomnia, using distance to throw the jab whilst any sniff of danger is usually suffocated in the clinch, its a tactic that served Wladimir Klitschko well in his dominant years at the top one which ironically was used against him when Fury toppled him in 2015. 

So who wins? There are question marks over both men, even more so on Fury’s part which further intrigues, but lets start with the champion:

Wild Style: This is a question that has been asked throughout the Alabama man’s career, suggestion that a good boxer would expose this wildness but so far apart from probably Luis Ortiz momentarily, no others have been able to use his wild swinging nature against him, what he lacks in finesse he makes up for with aggression and athleticism which usually gets him out of jail and back into the right stance, following on of his many mirroring of a windmill. 

Chin: The moment Wilder was rocked by Eric Molina we have been waiting to see it tested thoroughly, cue, Luis Ortiz who had Wilder rocking and rolling around the ring when the two met in March, but the emphasis has to be that he never dropped him and we all know what happened when he regained his senses, this for me is now a non-factor in this fight.

Coming into this bout most of the questions surround the challenger Fury, questions of, has this fight came a couple of fights too soon? Will his vast weight loss play a pivotal part? and after seeing him get dropped by a career cruiserweight in Steve Cunningham, How will his chin hold up against a Wilder humdinger?

Fight Come too Soon? It’s virtually impossible to answer this one, we can but only speculate, in this regard I would have to agree with his father John who also believes the fight has come two fights too soon, with caution that there is a big divide in fighting fit to being fit. 

Weight Loss: Seeing the recent photos of Tyson, he looks slimmer than we have seen him in a long while showing the advantages of an engaging, long training camp, this to some would be an advantage but for me, this could be a cause for concern. The weight shed in the run-up to this fight could potentially play into the hands of Wilder, a weight advantage and I am not talking about a lot would help his cause especially in the clinch whereas we have seen previous, he could use it to lean on Wilder which would take its toll in a long drawn out contest, which anyone who predicts Fury coming out on top is envisaging. 

Chin: every time this question is raised it surrounds Steve Cunningham and the night he dropped Fury, throwing a picture-perfect right hand, possibly one of the best he had ever thrown which dropped the big man like a big oak tree coming to the end of its life, It was a great shot but people make a point of this with the failure to acknowledge the fact that Fury was never hurt and returned to his feet to annihilate Cunningham in the ensuing rounds, it is also worth noting that Klitschko sporadically threw a couple of shots which were taken with a wry smile, remember that this was the same Klitschko that had Anthony Joshua thinking he had been hit by a mack truck.

It’s true to say that the safest pick would be Wilder, mirrored further on some of the most knowledgeable of scribes on the Internet, I should probably go the same way but I have fallen into this trap previous, I’ve written Fury off before and it would be hypocritical of me to do so again since I still am of the opinion that he is the main man at the heavyweight division. 

I share the views aforementioned that the fight has come a couple of fights too soon for my liking but still I edge that his boxing ability, strategic thinking will drag him through.

It’s no secret that Wilder is the big puncher in the contest who is aggressive whilst also blessed with an iron will, an ego the size of the staple centre which are all traits that are hard to shake. There is little doubt in the minds of anyone that if he detonates that BIG right hand it will be a case of Fury waking up 15 seconds later with the American climbing the middle rope in readiness for the reacquaintance of his WBC title.

This is by far the likeliest scenario that you will find whilst searching for answers on a winner but as we all know, I like to be different which is why I believe Fury will be able to keep the fight long, gauging distance with his jab, switch-hitting and feinting his way through a competitive but unanimous decision as he frustrates Wilder into mistake after mistake. I’m not ruling out a late stoppage but I’m swaying slightly to a decision victory for the Manchester man. 

Dan Barrett – Wilder KO – honest probe of Wilder’s bout vs Ortiz revealed an opponent of fine,  classical technique; which, in the purely manual realm, may be fairly said to excel the manual technique of Fury. With this, there was exhibited by Ortiz an emphatic power, counterpunching of particular acuity, and a precision of delivery which had declared itself as considerable. In spite of this, Wilder had managed to overcome the former’s prime and most savage onslaughts, to achieve, at length, the needed & demolishing knockout. A glance at the 2013 Fury/Cunningham bout leaks another supplementary perspective: Fury is felled soundly by the right hand of a cruiserweight who’d never been peculiarly distinguishable by power. Here, the inferences suggested to the imagination might leave some scepticism as to Tyson’s ability to brave Wilder’s best punches.

Given even the miscarriages seen in some of Tyson’s fights, the eloquent components of his work – his artful & twitchy head movement, his absence of predictability, his savvy positioning, adroit foot work, and his elite capacity to divest opponents of their preferential offensive weapons – attune themselves within a skill-set that’s among the very best in the game: and these will, I’d wager, engender for at least a good half of the fight, a situation for Wilder that will prove galling and at times conceptually labyrinthine. It will, however, take only those momentary intervals (whether or not evoked by some slackening of Fury’s mental diligence) for Wilder’s power to be disclosed – and in turn, palpably felt, neurologically registered, and inly estimated: and the psychology of the fight will start to shift towards Wilder. My feeling is that Fury’s attributes can be – and ultimately will be – offset by Wilder’s power, athleticism, commensurate unpredictability, by a sufficient accuracy in his power punches, and by a prodigious foot speed that’s unveiled when his opponent’s either benumbed or put upon back foot. Given all, I’ve got a KO win for Wilder, round 11.

Dan Foley – TopClassBoxing – Fury UD – This is one of the most exciting heavyweight fights for a long time and I genuinely can’t wait until Saturday night.  

Someone’s ‘0’ will have to go and it’s a classic boxer vs puncher style match-up. Deontay Wilder has some scary KO power and he definitely has the ability to stop anyone put in front of him if he lands cleanly.  However, he’s far from the most technical boxer, often telegraphing his punches and winding them up before launching himself at his opponents.  Despite this he’s made this style work over the years and it’s hard to argue with a 40-0 record with 39 KOs.  

This is definitely the most dangerous fight of Tyson’s career and if he’s not switched on at all times then he could find himself on the canvas.  Tyson is a very unorthodox heavyweight and has the potential to cause a lot of problems for Wilder, he’s extremely quick for a man of his size and his movement is excellent.  One of the big factors in this fight could be whether Tyson is actually back to his best, this fight has come a little quick since he decided to make his comeback and he hasn’t looked quite like the old Tyson yet.  

If he’s back to his previous form then I think he has a very good chance at winning this fight, the early rounds may prove difficult but if he’s able to survive these and build his confidence I think he’ll take a wide decision.  

As I mentioned previously though he will need to be switched on at all points of the fight, the big danger in fighting Wilder is that he only needs that one shot to land for him to win the fight.  However I think Tyson is very motivated for this fight and will have a big point to prove, he also has a habit of rising to the occasion so I’m going with the ‘Gypsy King’ to shock the world again.

Anthony Ritchie – TopClassBoxing – Wilder TKO – My gut instinct is not to bet against Tyson Fury, but the feeling is he has been inactive for far too long and the legs won’t be there for how he will need to box against Deontay Wilder, I’m picking Wilder to catch up with him and stop him late, possibly round 10.

Paul Hortop – TopClassBoxing – Wilder TKO – Firstly what a fight we are in for this weekend. The hype surrounding this one started months ago an now we’re here!! Talking to friends about this one a lot of them are stuck between choosing a winner – will it be the tall English switch hitting, Gypsy King Tyson Fury, a Lineal champion who’s awkward style an defence beat the man who conquered the Heavyweight Divison in Wlad Klitschko. Or will it be the Bronze Bomber knock out artist with a Wild bomb-throwing style – non-orthodox wild style but wild by nature, Deontay Wilder by name! 

After watching the build up I think In Deontay I see someone who is coming to prove everyone wrong, someone, who possesses sky-high confidence where defeat doesn’t enter his head although fearful of Fury who will be by far the toughest fight of Deontay’s career. 

I hope I’m wrong with my prediction because Tyson’s story of hitting rock bottom an bouncing back to this and winning this fight would be potentially the biggest comeback in boxing history and to witness that would be incredible but I think Deontay is made to knock people out, putting it bluntly and his frame, bombs, erratic style when they go into the trenches I think stops Tyson around 7-12 Enjoy the contest fight fans!!! 

Richard Lewis – TopClassBoxing – Wilder TKO – The Heavyweight division has thrown up some exciting and intriguing contests during its history and this coming Saturday we see a modern version between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury of which has all the makings of being a classic. 

With both gargantuan men protecting undefeated records and the small matter of the WBC World title on the line it’s easy to see why so many people have been excited and interested in this fight. 

How it’ll play out I feel depends on Tyson Fury and his movement and ability, and the question marks around it. Does he have the same attributes that we saw against Wladimir Klitschko which led to him taking a unanimous points decision and Klitschko’s several titles in the process some three years ago? 

It is also worth noting that in his two comeback fights since his long lay off Fury at times looked bored and disinterested and more concerned with what was going on outside of the ring than in front of him in terms of opponents Sefer Seferi and Francisco Pianeta. He can’t afford to switch off like this against such a dangerous and powerful puncher as Deontay Wilder, who is known for his big bombs and wild swinging haymakers, though this is the first time that Wilder will face someone both taller and with a longer reach than him which could pose him lots of problems as Fury looks to frustrate and annoy him.

I personally don’t think that he’ll be able to do that all fight against such a dangerous and heavy handed opponent, and having stopped everyone that he’s faced in forty professional fights I think that Wilder will give away a few of the early rounds but have too much power for Fury and ultimately force a stoppage in the 8th round of an exciting contest.

Craig Morgan – TopClassBoxing – Fury TKO – The WBC Champ v The Lineal Champ, two of the top three heavyweights on the planet, colliding in a mammoth showdown.

Both huge men, massive in size and personality, each looking to enhance their legacy.

Wilder is a monstrous puncher and has knocked out every man he has ever faced in the professional ranks. His awkward style works well for him but also has underrated boxing skills.

Fury has the superior boxing skills and ring generalship. Moves like a middleweight, good head & foot movenent, with a quality jab & enough power to trouble any heavyweight.

In my humble opinion, Fury will put in a masterclass performance and make Wilder miss repeatedly. Wilder will have his moments but catching Fury with a clean big right hand is easier said than done.

Jamie Bourne – TopClassBoxing – Fury Via Decision – I am backing Tyson Fury to win this Saturday, but if there is a man that can topple the Gypsy King – it’s Deontay Wilder.  

I’ve been going back and forth trying to pick a winner for the big fight this weekend. Tyson Fury is by far the more skilled of the two, but Deontay Wilder possesses the ultimate equaliser – the most devastating right-hand in the sport.

All credit to Fury for his incredible transformation. Dropping over 150lbs in just over a year is incredible. To then pursue the undefeated heavyweight champion of the world, having only boxed twice in two years against lesser opponents shows real intent. But you can’t help but think he may have jumped back in at the deep end too quickly?

Maybe it would have been more sensible to have a couple more fights and ensure the cobwebs are fully shaken off. Nevertheless, I am buzzing to see Tyson back involved in big fights because that’s where we see the best of him.

To win this fight, the Gypsy King will need to be even better than he was when he dethroned Wladimir Klitschko three years ago in Dusseldorf. The Ukrainian couldn’t deal with the awkwardness of Fury and was reluctant to commit because he didn’t want to be made to look silly.

Wilder is very unorthodox and difficult to defend against. His shots come from a variety of angles and his reach is so long that he often catches you even when you think you are out of range.

Fury will need to remain switched on for the full twelve rounds because the champion is very well-conditioned and will look to launch the right-hand at every available opportunity. 

Although Fury needs utilise his footwork and movement in this fight, he can’t allow Wilder to walk him down and find his range. He has to gain his respect and force him back when he feels the pressure is increasing. Otherwise, Wilder will inevitably gain momentum, grow in confidence and eventually find the target.

So, whose 0 is going to go? I think we are going to see the Gypsy King become heavyweight champion once again… BUT, he’s going to have to go to hell and back in order to achieve it.

The fight will be tense for the opening half of the fight, with the slow pace suiting Fury, who can land his quick combinations and then dance away. As the fight progresses, I anticipate that Wilder will begin to up the intensity and make the challenger contemplate his every move.

With Fury beginning to slow down, Wilder will close off the ring, narrow down his target and launch the right-hand. This is when we could see Tyson in genuine trouble and he may even be forced to lift himself off the canvas.

Tyson will have to jump on his bike and do everything to avoid further punishment for the remaining rounds. Wilder closes the points deficit in the later rounds, but it’s not enough to the sway the odds in his favour.

Dean Berks – TopClassBoxing – Wilder TKO – I have to go with Wilder. As many of you know, I have never been sold in Fury. Yes he’s big and yes he’s athletic, but Klitschko aside, he hasn’t really impressed against anyone of note. And I only believe he beat Klitschko because he got inside of his head with his erratic behaviour and then spoiled his way to an ugly win. I have no doubts that had the rematch taken place, Wladimir would have reversed that result. While there’s no doubt that he has talent, in my opinion, he doesn’t deserve the level of accolades that he gets. Not yet anyway.

The two knockdowns suffered against a fringe contender and light punching cruiserweight who also rocked him repeatedly, plus his vulnerability to right hands, are a cause for concern too. But because he is an interesting, engaging and colourful personality, he does draw attention and intrigue and certainly puts bums on seats.

Then there is Wilder. Again big, athletic, and also vulnerable, his fight with Ortiz showed both his strengths and weaknesses. There is no question that he can be hurt, but finishing him off is another thing. The way he rallied from potential disaster against a very dangerous opponent gave a strong indication that to beat Wilder, you are going to have to nail him to the floor. While he does not possess the skill of Fury, his power is in a class of its own. And that for me is what will separate these two.

Fury has to be admired for coming through an incredibly dark place to get to where he is now. And while I think he will mess things around for Wilder during the first half of the fight, maybe even catch him off-balance, I think Wilder will land one of those bombs to turn the tide and score a win between rounds 6-10.

Dennis Dodge – TopClassBoxing – Whilst most of the boxing world can’t wait for this one (or so it seems) I’m really a bit meh!!! about it all. I’m not 100 per cent convinced it will go ahead (a thought not alleviated by the fact it doesn’t seem to be selling well.) Watch this space for confirmation of an injury to one or both parties. And no I don’t think either would be ‘ducking’ the other if it did happen just that it may not be the money maker they were hoping.   

Anyway IF the fight does go ahead then based on the last few fights I’d have to go with Wilder taking Fury out in the middle rounds as Fury grows more frustrated with himself and takes more chances before being caught which will mean lights out as no matter what you think of Wilders boxing skills he has big power.

It’s all a bit of a sideshow for the big one with Joshua but I think you’ll see the loser in with the Big Brit  as can’t ass AJ’s team accepting any less than was on the table before and don’t be surprised if Mr Hearn goes for the cheekiness of a low bid IF this fight is a washout in terms of PPV sales.

Lee Thornton – TopClassBoxing – Fury UD – This weekend brings all boxing fans the highly anticipated heavyweight clash between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder. 

Looking at this fight, Tyson Fury is the underdog having two recent comeback fights against low-level competition. After a huge lay off after his massive victory over long time champion Wladimir Klitschko. 

Deontay Wilder is coming off by far the toughest fight of his professional career vs Cuban Luis Ortiz. Wilder overcame adversity after getting hurt at the midway point of their contest. 

Looking at this fight we have a boxer-mover who switches stances in Tyson Fury. Wilder brings his vicious power and killer instinct along with a high level of confidence. 

My prediction for this fight is through all his battles with mental illness, weight gain and drugs/ Alcohol addiction Tyson Fury wins a UD. I am picking Fury due to his advantages in this fight that include footwork, boxing skill and his head movement. Fury is the wildcard in this fight and a big question to me is how his weight loss affects him in this fight. I am going with the underdog who has been written off once again, his skill I feel will be too high for Wilder to figure out. 

Steve Haigh – TopClassBoxing – Wilder TKO – I’d have gone with the Fury who beat Klitschko before retirement but seeing his fights on the comeback trail I’m not convinced Timing and movement are still off, I see his intentions but the reaction times are a split second slower, and that’s all it can take in boxing.

Difficult one but if I have to pick a winner it’s maybe a couple of fights too soon for Fury.

Chris Glover – TopClassBoxing – Fury TKO – Fury vs Wilder is the fight the Heavyweight division needed. It’s proved if fights want to be made, they can be. Essentially, it’s a good fight for Boxing. I can’t wait for this fight, to be honest, it’s such an interesting clash of styles it really makes the fight more than just hype.

You have the slickster pure Boxer IBF Fury vs the aggressive come forward power puncher in Wilder. I see the fight going the way of Fury Boxing on the outside, off his jab and maybe stepping in more than normal and pushing Wilder back. For me the only way Wilder wins is by a stoppage, he won’t outwork or out jab Fury. Does Fury have the fitness to stay on the move for 12 rounds like he did Klitschko? Only time will tell, but if he produces that performance again it’s a late stoppage win for Fury as I believe he won’t want to leave it in the hands of the judges.

One punch can change it all though and one big right hand from Deontay Wilder can change any fight. Nevertheless, I feel it’s a late stoppage win for Tyson Fury.

Ciaran Gibbons – Gibbons Talks Boxing – Wilder TKO – Two or three fights too soon for Fury after losing so much weight and the long lay off. In terms of boxing skills Fury is lightyears ahead of Wilder but unfortunately for the self-proclaimed Gypsy King, world-class boxing matches are not won on skill alone.

Wilder is crude and amateur like at times but can fight and punch for 12 rounds and this will be Fury’s undoing I fear. I think Fury will get stopped in the second half of the fight, ahead on points after a bright start but Wilder’s stamina and ability to carry his punch power will be the big difference.

Darren Wilson – Boxing Trainer – Fury on points, Tyson seems very confident and looks in the shape and mindset he was in for the Klitschko fight,I think he will beat him with movement, skills, making him frustrated and pick up a points win ( but maybe some sticky patches with wilder catching him in the fight)

Rick M Gagne – Fury UD – I really think if Fury can keep the fight on the outside he will win it handily.

If he gets lax at all or gets caught breaking from a clinch Wilder can take him out. Fury will have to be sharp to beat him, but he usually ties up on the way out of clinches and circles, so he should be ok.

Slaven Ajanovic – Wilder TKO – One thing for sure is that the division is far more interesting than it was 5 years ago

I think Fury will do ok for 6 rounds or so but then Wilder will wear him down-Fury’s ring rust should get to him eventually

So I see another late stoppage for Wilder, maybe a corner stoppage

Fury will last at least 8 rounds very likely

Keith Williams – Fury UD –  I think Fury will frustrate him. And gradually wear him down and his confidence. Got to weather the first few rounds of storm that will be coming his way.

Tabatha YoungFury TKO 9

Dean TothWilder KO in the Latter rounds 

Kevan JacksonWilder KO in Round 3/4

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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