Sunday, 19 August 2018 16:33

Fury vs Wilder odds: Ridiculously interesting

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A day after Tyson's Fury's 10 round decision win over Francesco Pianeta, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has opened as a slight favorite over Fury in a match-up slated to take place later this year.

Very slight.

According to OddsShark, Wilder, at -120, is just barely the favorite as Fury is at -110.

And should Fury shave off another 15-20 pounds from now to the fight, he might actually be favored to defeat the WBC champ on fight day.

Side note: Promoter Frank Warren said the purse split will be even as well, 50-50.

"He was the world heavyweight champion. He's undefeated. They understand that," stated Warren.

While the purse split seems reasonable, the betting line doesn't.

Fury vs Wilder odds, certainly at this point, are quite interesting because Tyson is fresh off a 2 1/2 year layoff where he battled an addiction to cocaine and gained 100 or more pounds.

And on his comeback, he's easily defeated two made-to-order opponents but failed to impress.Meanwhile, Deontay Wilder (40-0, 39 KO) has knocked out every opponent he's faced, has been active in the ring, has the slightly better resume and boasts advantages in speed, explosiveness and athleticism.

Credit to Fury, but...: For what the young man has put himself through (drug addiction, an astounding weight gain and a long gym layoff), he looked fine against Pianeta last night. Not great, but fine. However, for a fella who is fighting Deontay Wilder for the WBC title next, he looked far from threatening.

Of course, let's not forget he'll have another 3-4 months to improve. Nevertheless, he looked slow and sluggish last night, even sloppy at times.

Arguing the Fury vs Wilder odds
The betting line is perplexing as Wilder should be the 2 to 1 favorite. Even the 2015 version of Fury who defeated Wladimir Klitschko would have problems with today's version of Deontay Wilder.

Facing a skilled, sharp opponent like Wilder so soon and with obvious ring rust is a bold and ambitious move, and there would certainly be no shame in Fury losing. And maybe that's what Team Fury is thinking.

In the event of a Fury loss, his team can always say: "We weren't quite ready yet. Look for Tyson to improve with time, regain his old form and eventually face the winner of Wilder vs Anthony Joshua in 2019 or 2020."

Following such a lengthy layoff, it takes time for a fighter to fully regain his timing, rhythm, footwork, conditioning and the feeling of fighting live under the big lights and cameras. It's easy to spar in the gym, but fighting live on the big stage is a whole different animal that takes getting used to.

Rest-assured, the Fury who faces Wilder in November or December will be better than the version of Fury we saw last night against Pianeta. How much better remains to be seen.

"We're ready now. This fight will happen," he said, per ESPN.com's Dan Rafael. "This fight is on. The best fighting the best."

 

 

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