Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury will both put unbeaten records on the line when they meet in Los Angeles this weekend and our money is on the American to prevail.
The Bronze Bomber will defend his WBC heavyweight title for the eighth time at Staples Center and has everything in his favour.
His latest challenger has only had two low-key bouts since spending two and a half years out of the ring and fitness fears make the challenger worth opposing in our Wilder vs Fury predictions.
Wilder has to be the percentage pick to prevail at 53/100 as he seeks to set up a mega-rich unification clash with Anthony Joshua sometime next year.
The American takes his nickname from having been a beaten semi-finalist at the 2008 Olympics, but his punching power has really come to the fore in the paid ranks.
A first-round win over Audley Harrison in Sheffield back in April 2013 raised Wilder’s profile and he went on to claim world title glory when easily outpointing Bermane Stiverne less than two years later.
Despite that impressive knockout percentage, trainer Jay Deas believes his charge is still to show off his true potential.
“Progressively, he’s got better and better and better,” said Deas. “He’s a young heavyweight and this division matures later, so your heavyweight prime is anywhere from 32 to 35.
“So Deontay’s just entering his phase of prime and we will continue to see him get better as he goes along.”
Wilder feels he will have a definite edge in speed and sharpness this weekend.
“We both have different, awkward styles,” he told BT Sport. “We’re both tall, that is something we have in common, but my speed is by far, way faster than he is.”
Fury may just fade after halfway mark
Fury can’t be written off, as he has already upset much bigger odds when taking the IBF, WBA and WBO belts off Wladimir Klitschko in Germany back in November 2015.
The Gypsy King put on a defensive masterclass that night and did enough going forward to get the decision from all three judges.
Making the most of his huge 6ft 9in frame and 85in reach, Fury put in a performance that was hard to fault in Dusseldorf and he also has two solid wins over Dereck Chisora on his 27-0 CV.
However, the Manchester-born fighter then quit the sport and suffered from psychological issues during his absence.
Beating journeymen Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta this summer showed Fury has overcome such troubles, but it was a shock when he accepted the chance to face Wilder so soon into his comeback.
The 30-year-old does not lack self-confidence when it comes to boxing matters and has more than held his own in pre-fight press conferences.
“He’s come away with the mental edge,” insisted promoter Frank Warren. “For some fighters that’s important. It’s certainly important for Tyson, as he proved against Klitschko.”
Fury insists he will be too big and too clever for the American and we might have felt the same way if the Briton was in peak form.
However, the overriding feeling is that this clash has come too quickly and he will start to struggle for stamina as the bout goes on, which is when Wilder can catch him with one his big right-hand swings.
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