The Bloody Elbow staff has made its picks for Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury, and most of us are going for Tyson Fury to unseat Deontay Wilder as the WBC heavyweight champion. It is undoubtedly a difficult fight to pick, there are so many variables and question marks for both men, and that’s why it’s a fight that you won’t want to miss.
Note: Predictions are entered throughout the week and collected the day before the event. Explanations behind each pick are not required and some writers opt not to do so for their own reasons. For example, if Phil Mackenzie entered all of his predictions on Wednesday without adding in any explanations, he has no idea if he’s going to be the only one siding with one fighter for any given fight.
Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury
Mookie Alexander: Wilder has skull-crushing power and Fury has been dropped a couple of times before. He’s hardly a chinny fighter, but… Wilder just hits freakishly hard. From a technical standpoint though, Fury has just about all of the advantages. Better counterpuncher, superior footwork, better defensive boxer, often able to turn things ugly in his favor in the clinch, and he’s faster than you might think for a 6’9”, 250 lbs giant. The only high-volume we could get out of this fight is if Wilder is frustrated and goes for broke, or actually hurts Fury and just goes bombs away throwing the ugliest yet most damaging punches in human history. I am trusting Fury to be fully committed and focused on this bout, the weight loss is a good sign, his mind seems to be in the right place, and I believe he’ll have some nervy moments but otherwise outbox Wilder and win on points. Tyson Fury by unanimous decision.
Phil Mackenzie: The question here is: do you pick the freak athlete who leans heavily on his immense physical gifts... or do you pick Deontay Wilder? Fury is the Wonderboy of heavyweight boxing, and I do not necessarily say that as a compliment. He combines being giant, awkward, conservative and incredibly, shockingly quick and thus offers his opponents an unappetizing choice between chasing him down or losing dismal decisions, where he flicks out a long non-committal jab and then postures afterwards. There’s a major question that his physical gifts have been eroded by his ballooning weight issues and time off, but Deontay Wilder is... well... Tyson Fury by unanimous decision.
Ram Gilboa: I believe the Tyson Fury who beat Wladimir Klitschko in late ‘15 will beat Deontay Wilder. He’s huge but he moves; he fights ugly, yet somehow effectively, and he won’t shut up. Tyson Fury was born into it, in a bare-knuckle fighting family, being named after the original at birth. In the opposite corner, Wilder, who started boxing at 20, isn’t really that good of a boxer, for a world champ (and he’s also a little light for a modern heavy). He has his own awkward mechanics that eventually cash in basically on account of his deadly right hand - and it is deadly. A Wilder wouldn’t have worked anywhere under 200 pounds. Heavyweight is historically a La-La Land.
That said, I also believe that Tyson Fury from 2015 doesn’t anymore exist. Wilder will have trouble but will probably catch everybody’s favorite bigot hard enough, soon enough. Deontay Wilder by TKO, late round 8.
Staff picking Wilder: Ram, Nick
Staff picking Fury: Stephie, Phil, Mookie, Fraser
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