This Saturday is a big day for boxing, with the biggest Heavyweight fight since last year’s Joshua vs. Klitschko showdown. Saturday, live on PPV, it’s Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury. Here are the latest odds, courtesy of OddsShark:
Deontay Wilder -170
Tyson Fury +140
Interesting odds here that are worth unpacking. Fury is the underdog here, which is probably due to his 3 year absence from the sport. He’s had two return fights this year, but neither was widely seen. Of course, it can’t be repeated enough that the man he beat before that absence was Wladimir Klitschko, making Fury Heavyweight’s undisputed king for a time. But again, that Klitschko fight was a terribly dull affair that may not have people rushing to pick Fury.
On the Wilder side you have a massive power advantage, as Wilder is the kind of KO beast Heavyweight is made for. He’s only ever had one opponent make the final bell, and when he rematched that opponent, Wilder nuked him inside one round. He’s also clearly the more active and visible fighter, with a lot of recent highlight reel KOs for fans to watch.
All that said, Fury is big, he’s tricky, he can move well, and he could be able to handle the more wild and non-technical approach of Wilder. He’s a good underdog pick for sure. If you do decide to go with Wilder, add in a KO finish to give you slightly better odds, as a Wilder decision win seems very improbable.
Here’s a look at the rest of the card from Showtime, which is heavy on mismatches:
Luis Ortiz -3000
Travis Kauffman +1100
Jarrett Hurd -10000
Jason Welborn +1600
Joe Joyce -10000
Joe Hanks +1600
Clearly nothing to see here folks, just move along.
Finally, odds on the Adonis Stevenson vs. Oleksandr Gvozdyk fight airing live on Showtime before the PPV:
Adonis Stevenson +145
Oleksandr Gvozdyk -175
Interesting to see the champ as the underdog here. We’ll see how that plays out.
Join us live at Bloody Elbow Saturday night for fight night coverage of Wilder vs. Fury.