Tyson Fury has a tough and highly testing task ahead of him come the opening bell in the early hours of this coming Sunday morning.
This weekend the former unified world heavyweight champion will climb the ring ropes for the third time this year as he prepares to do battle with the formidable currently reigning WBC title holder Deontay Wilder.
The American champion saw his reputation and stature in the sport soar earlier this year when he secured the most impressive win of his widely debated career so far, rallying back from worrying moments against Luis Ortiz to stop the Cuban in 10 rounds.
Wilder had been outboxed at times by the tricky southpaw before being wobbled and evidently hurt during proceedings. But, for the first time in his career, ‘the Bronze Bomber’ had to dig deep and show the grit and determination of a world champion to survive the scare then eventually bounce back to earn a massive triumph at the Barclays Center in New York City.
With that in mind and after some other signs of weakness in previous encounters, Fury and his new inexperienced trainer Ben Davison will have been busy coming up with a gameplan to take to the United States of America this coming weekend.
Fury will take to the ring this weekend on American soil as the 11/8 underdog in boxing betting at William Hill to come out on top with a huge heavyweight title victory over the previously undefeated Wilder. This would be a monumental success considering his long lay-off over two-and-a-half-years, in which he battled with his well-documented demons.
Fury has entered the ring as the massive underdog before, most notably before going toe to toe with Ukrainian legend Wladimir Klitschko back in November 2015, the last time the Mancunian was seen at the top level of the sport.
Ahead of that clash with ‘Dr Steelhammer’, Fury had mentally broke down and rattled the then reigning and defending champion with his exploits and antics in the build-up. Simply put, the previously dominant force had never witnessed anyone like the Briton heading into their highly awaited encounter at the Esprit Arena in Germany.
Of course, that performance was a long time ago now and no one knows what Fury will show up on December 1st, but there are key points that he can follow and implement in order to gain a win here.
Judging the distance is going to be key to any success this weekend for Fury, with Wilder possessing a deadly jab, one-two and hook-right hand. But it has been clear from past ring outings that Wilder’s main threat, his power, becomes hindered at a closer range.
If Fury can pot-shot with his quick hands then tie the American up immediately throughout this bout, he may find himself gaining the upper hand. His movement will cause Wilder problems, if he’s able to maintain this as he did against Klitschko, then he can come in firing and hold on to Wilder to limit any threat coming back at him.
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Wilder basically becomes inept on the inside, due to his long, rangy arms and length and this could be a key to victory for Fury, if he can hold on and use his size and strength to his advantage after scoring some shots beforehand.
Fury may be the physically stronger of the two and he is definitely the more clever fighter in close during exchanges. The British challenger may, therefore, enter this mammoth clash with a Muhammad Ali-style of strategy from the bout against George Foreman during ‘the Rumble in the Jungle’.
There are plenty of advantages for Fury in this clash but Wilder only needs that one devastating shot to land at some point during 12 rounds, which makes this such a hugely intriguing showdown.