After Anthony Joshua’s somewhat shocking defeat to Ukrainian powerhouse Oleksandr Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium late last month, all eyes are now on Tyson Fury’s upcoming bout against Deontay Wilder, and the onus is on ‘The Gypsy King’ to dispatch of his American foe once and for all — especially as the general consensus amongst boxing fans is that this trilogy bout shouldn’t even be taking place.
Aside from what looked to be a knockout blow from Wilder late on in the first fight, before Fury miraculously got up off the canvas, many felt that the Brit was hard done by as the judges scored the bout a draw.
But, Fury left no stone unturned at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, knocking Wilder out in the seventh round, and the Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder 3 odds are firmly in The Gypsy King’s favour ahead of their ‘Sin City’ rematch on October 9, which will take place at the T-Mobile Arena.
Given how Fury has dealt with Wilder’s hammer blows in the first two fights, few would expect the 33-year-old to be beaten by ‘The Bronze Bomber’.
However, Usyk’s victory over ‘AJ’ is the prime example that anything can happen, and with Wilder’s dangerous right hand, he certainly poses a real danger, as we saw during the duo’s first time trading blows at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
But what can Wilder do to sway the fight in his favour this time around? Read on as we take a look!
Use his power at the right time
We’ve already touched upon it briefly, and not to sound like a broken record, but anyone remotely familiar with Wilder will know that his number one asset is his extreme power.
He has ended many a fight with his huge overarm right, and if he lands it correctly then Fury could be out for the count — that’s if he doesn’t pull himself up off the canvas like he’s just experienced a second coming like he did in the first bout.
The problem for Wilder is that, despite Fury’s height and mammoth frame, he is incredibly quick on his feet, so he can dodge the killer shots and counter. It’s down to Wilder to pick the right time in the fight to pull out his trademark punch, because if he can land it perfectly on just one occasion, it could be goodnight, Fury!
Drop the ego and focus on the task at hand
Every boxer has an ego, it’s part and parcel of being a professional fighter, but it goes without saying that Wilder has strong self-esteem. However, if he truly wants to beat Fury then he needs to drop all of that stuff on fight night and just focus on the task of beating Fury.
Cut out the big entrances and ridiculous outfits that he can later use as an excuse if he looses. All Wilder needs to do is get in to the ring and focus purely on his opponent, while listening to his corner’s advice between rounds, because they are there to help him (not hinder him as he outrageously claimed in the past).
Try to out-box Fury
Out-boxing Fury will be no easy feat. After all, not even the great Wladimir Klitschko could take down the might of The Gypsy King.
But, whilst many see Wilder as a one-punch kind of fighter, he has displayed in the past that he can in fact box. If he can do the basic jab and move well then he might be able to unlock moments where he can attack Fury with his big blows.
As we have already mentioned though, Fury is quite the unorthodox fighter and it’s hard to predict his next move. But if Wilder can incorporate a wider range of boxing into his style, and change things up if needed, then he might just be able to throw Fury off and regain his belts.