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Wilder vs Fury 2: Keys to Victory for Deontay Wilder

Joseph Herron Updated
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"The key to victory in the Heavyweight division is to win the jabbing contest" - Emanuel Steward

With just a little over two weeks until Deontay Wilder steps in the ring with fight nemesis Tyson Fury, both fighters are busy making their final preparations for their long-awaited battle in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Although the self-proclaimed Gypsy King has made the bold claim that he plans to knock-out his heavy-handed opponent from Alabama on February 22nd, most critics are predicting a repeat performance of their first meeting, which took place over a year ago. Throughout the entire first fight, Tyson moved beautifully and dictated the pace of the action from start to finish with his footwork, sporadic jab, and lots of upper body and head movement.

Despite being floored twice by Deontay, most ringside observers felt Fury dominated the action throughout the great majority of the twelve round contest and deserved to get a unanimous victory from the judges at ringside.

To counter the potential and likely gameplan, Wilder has been busy working on a sound strategy, which consists of effectively cutting off the ring, closing the distance and another element which could prove to be most crucial:

Establishing the jab.

During the entire first match, Wilder seemed to abandon the jab early and experienced great trouble setting up his hard right hand as a result.

A sporadic jab, in which a fighter mixes up speed, location, and torque, serves as a fighter's first line of defense and sets up his entire arsenal of punches to the body and head.

As seen in the attached video, courtesy of FightHub TV, Deontay is viewed focusing on establishing the jab and limiting the movement of his fleet-footed opponent during the rematch. Even if Dee doesn't land his telephone pole left hand in the early to mid rounds, it's imperative that the current WBC champ continues throwing it...it's the only way to counter the effective left hand of his opponent while creating a diversion for his right-hand hammer.

Also, it's vital that Wilder does not elect to sit and wait for his opponent to let his hands go first.

Throughout the great majority of the first bout, Deontay failed to get off first and was consequently "frozen" from the disjunct and sporadic movement of Tyson Fury. As most came to realize in his title-winning effort against Wladimir Klitschko back in 2015, a fighter cannot wait on a crafty boxer-puncher like Fury if he hopes to be victorious.

To score a decisive victory in the highly anticipated rematch, Deontay must be aggressive, letting his hands go first, and not be fooled by the consistent feints and flinching motion of his opponent.

If the undefeated WBC champ can effectively cut off the ring, close the distance while working behind a busy and sporadic jab, Deontay Wilder should be able to eventually catch the Gypsy King and stop the lineal champ within the scheduled twelve round distance.


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