The upcoming world heavyweight title fight between Deontay Wilder of the United States and Tyson Fury of Ireland should have been dubbed “The Wild and the Furious,” given the pre-fight antics of the protagonists.
A number of pressers have already been held in the United States and Europe for the fight, with both of them taunting each other and Wilder giving a few shoves on Fury.
The fight organizers have so far avoided onstage brawls between the two fighters, as it would be a nightmare for two behemoths standing at least 6’7” and weighing about 240 pounds to go at each other’s throats on the stage.
So far, Fury has done his part of selling the fight splendidly by taunting Wilder, who usually responds by putting his face into the Irish fighter’s, and giving a few shoves.
Fury seems to have perfected the art of getting into his opponent’s nerves almost the same way his compatriot mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor executes it: bad mouth your opponent to the max and get into his face if possible. But Fury seems to do it in a cooler way as he does not resort to shutting up his opponents, perhaps thinking that getting his opponent to respond verbally is victory in itself.
Getting his opponent into a furious mood while looking furious himself seems to have been mastered by Fury, while Wilder responds in a wild fashion by spewing sewage right into his opponent’s face.
In the ring, Wilder is also known for his style utilizing a good array of wild swings. But at this point, I do not see any furiousness in the way Fury has fought lately.
His title winning performance against Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 saw him clinching too much while his bouts against the 5’11” Sefer Seferi in June this year and sluggish Francesco Pianetta in August also this year looked more like sparring sessions.
On the other hand, Wilder went to war in stopping a solid contender in Luis Ortiz in March this year and knocked out Bermane Stiverne in the first round of their rematch in November last year.
So is it possible for Wilder to deck Fury and shut him up for good in their upcoming fight? That is very possible if Fury fights that way he fought Seferi and Pianetta.
From what I have seen, Wilder also has the edge in athleticism and that can be attributed to his playing football and basketball before lacing up gloves. And when it comes to raw power, Wilder’s record of 40-0 with 39 KOs looks scary than Tyson’s 27-0 with 19 KOs.
Fury, on the other hand, has better boxing skills and even employs the “Philly shell” style utilized by Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Adrien Broner. But can that be effective against a wild swinging hard puncher like Wilder?
Some of the betting odds posted this early in social media also show Wilder is more favored to win by stoppage or knockout.
So maybe, just maybe, the upcoming bout between Wilder and Tyson should not be called “The Wild and the Furious.” Perhaps that should apply more to Wilder, who is getting more furious toward Fury every time the Irish fighter taunts him in the pre-fight pressers.
And how furious and wild can Wilder get after the opening bell of their fight rings? Good question.