Back in December 2018, these two fighters produced one of the most memorable boxing bouts in heavyweight history. The ‘Gypsy King’ – Tyson Fury – was continuing on the comeback trail and his battle with Deontay Wilder ended in a controversial draw.
That split decision drew some criticism but the good news for boxing fans was the inevitable rematch. It’s taken some time for that fight to be confirmed but Wilder vs Fury II goes ahead on February 22 at the MGM Grand Arena in Paradise, Nevada.
The sportsbooks are expecting another close battle so let’s see if we can find some value among the markets.
A number of operators have the same straight win odds on both fighters so clearly there’s little to choose between them. In other places, Tyson Fury is the favourite and the English boxer can be claimed at 1.83 with PowerPlay while Bet365 has Deontay Wilder available at odds of 2.00.
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Could there be another draw? There will certainly be some interest in another split decision and you can pick up this option at a tempting figure of 21.00 with Sports Interaction.
Since that battle back in 2018, Tyson Fury has been introducing himself to WWE fans. The Gypsy King flirts on the fringes of the showbiz world and this can mask a deadly serious approach to the boxing ring. Wilder looks more focused but it’s going to be as tight as those markets suggest.
Likely Prop Bets
The original fight went the distance and it would be no surprise to see another lengthy battle on February 22. PowerPlay are quoting odds of 1.95 on the bout to go the full 12 rounds but, if you think that it will end inside the distance, 10Bet is quoting 1.80.
For many punters, the next option involves the method of victory. If we are to get a winner and we’re agreed that the fight will go the distance, you could start by looking at Tyson Fury to win by a points decision at 2.50 with 888Sport. For the same outcome in favour of Deontay Wilder, the odds increase quite considerably with the American installed at 9.00 with PowerPlay.
Alternatively, Fury by KO, TKO or Disqualification is listed at 5.50 with Bet365 while Wilder by the same methods is available at 2.40 with 888Sport.
The tale of the tape shows that both fighters are unbeaten: In fact, that draw in 2018 is the only blemish on their 100% perfect win records. Wilder has the greater experience with 43 fights as opposed to Fury’s 30 but we have to remember that the Englishman was forced to spend so much time out of the ring for personal reasons.
It’s so tempting to pick the draw but we suspect there will be a winner this time. If there is a loser, they can invoke a trilogy clause so a second rematch is likely, no matter what happens.
It’s a tough call: Wilder was oddly subdued in that original encounter but we suspect that the US pugilist won’t be as cautious this time. If Wilder is to win, the markets suggest he will do the job quickly but it’s a tempter to take those 9.00 odds on the American to win on points.
However, we’ll play safer and take Wilder in the straight moneyline market while The Fight to Go the Distance is reasonably priced up at that 1.95 figure.
- Deontay Wilder to win at 2.00 with Bet365
- The Fight to go the Distance at 1.95 with PowerPlay