Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder 3: Fight Odds, Date, Live Stream and TV Schedule - Bleacher Report

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - OCTOBER 06: WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (L) and Deontay Wilder (R) exchange words during the press conference at MGM Grand Garden Arena on October 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)
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After more than a year-and-a-half of waiting, Deontay Wilder (42-1-1 41 KOs) will finally get his shot at revenge against WBC world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The last time we saw either of these two men in the ring was in February 2020, when Fury put on a clinic against the then-WBC champion. He neutralized Wilder's power, boxed smartly behind the jab and tagged him with power punches en route to a seventh-round technical knockout win. It was Wilder's first loss, the only score he has to settle in a career that has seen him knock out nearly all of his opponents.

For Fury, the win was confirmation he's the most talented heavyweight in the game today. He was a unified champion after beating Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, but he then took a long absence from the sport as he dealt with mental health issues.

Upon returning to the ring, Fury quickly got back into the championship rotation. That's where he met Wilder the first time, in December 2018, in a thrilling, brutal draw that saw Fury narrowly avoid a loss by getting up from a 12th-round knockdown. Wilder was just a couple of seconds from the defining win of his career, but Fury beat the count, and now Wilder is still chasing that signature win. Saturday night may be his last chance to get it.

     

Fury vs. Wilder 3 Fight Info

When: Saturday, Oct. 9 at 9 p.m. ET (main card)

Where: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas

TV: BT Sports Box Office (UK)

Live stream: ESPN+, Fox Sports pay-per-view

Odds: Fury -310, Wilder +240

Odds via DraftKings

     

If Wednesday's pre-fight presser is any indication, these two are truly sick of each other and ready for the final chapter in their rivalry, per Top Rank Boxing:

Top Rank Boxing @trboxing

FINAL. PRESSER. FIREWORKS. ­čś│ 3+ minutes of @Tyson_Fury & @BronzeBomber going back and forth to cap off their Trilogy presser. Enjoy. #FuryWilder3 | SATURDAY | PPV https://t.co/pimtryO4Ls

Fury is the obvious favorite here. He's outboxed Wilder for the vast majority of their time in the ring together, but two late knockdowns kept him from claiming victory the first time out. Wilder is far and away the more dangerous puncher, possessing a right hand that seems to snatch the skeleton from his opponents.

Take a look at this knockout against Dominic Breazeale in 2019 (57 seconds into the video below):

It's an extraordinary weapon, but critics of Wilder will say its his only tool in the toolkit. He's certainly built a nice career off of it, and it does take a certain skill to set up those power shots with the jab and keep opponents from mounting their own attacks, but Wilder's reliance on his right hand might make him a bit too predictable for a fighter of Fury's caliber. He's hoping to change the narrative on Saturday night.

"I believe in what we've been doing in camp. I believe in my team and the ability that I have," Wilder said, per Bad Left Hook's Will Esco. "Like I said, Malik (Scott) has brought the best out of me, things that I haven't done 'cause I haven't had to—but to bring it out and be able to do it on a consistent basis, I think it's gonna be beneficial for me and I'm looking forward to displaying my talent and ability up inside the ring."

Wilder has had plenty of time to work with Scott, study Fury and prepare a new game plan. Any new wrinkles that can either slow Fury down or give him more opportunity to put together clean combinations will get him closer to a massive upset. Fury, for his part, doesn't believe Wilder has it in him.

Following the second fight, Wilder blamed his ring-walk costume for sapping his strength when talking to Yahoo's Kevin Iole, and he has also accused Fury of cheating to get the win. He has repeatedly brought up the cheating angle, including in the Top Rank video above. To Fury, these are signs of mental weakness. He believes he can win again because the American hasn't come to terms with his failures in the previous fight.

"What I've seen from Deontay Wilder is he can't accept defeat," Fury told reporters. "He doesn't know why he lost—he's got a million reasons why."

"He didn't show any class at all in defeat, and he hasn't accepted he's been beaten. Therefore, he can't overcome it."

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - OCTOBER 06: WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury arrives a news conference at MGM Grand Garden Arena on October 6, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fury will defend his title against Deontay Wilder on October 9 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas
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While Fury may believe Wilder doesn't have what it takes to really improve himself, he's not taking anything for granted. Wilder's power can render even the best strategies and tactics irrelevant. Fury knows he's in constant danger, calling Wilder's right hand an "atomic bomb" when speaking to BBC Sport (h/t Mikey Dilullo of The Tuscaloosa News). In order to deal with that threat, Fury is apparently packing even more weight on to his massive 6'9" frame.

His trainer, SugarHill Steward, told Vegas Insider that Fury could be "heavier than last time by 20 pounds or so," putting him at about 290 pounds. A bigger base could help Fury pack more power on offense and allow him to absorb Wilder's blows. There's also a chance it could backfire by making him less mobile in the ring or taking away his stamina.

No matter who wins the fight, the next item on the agenda should be unifying all four major belts in the division. Oleksandr Usyk now holds three of the major titles after beating Anthony Joshua in September, but the latter has promised to invoke his rematch clause. Whoever wins that match should then take on the winner of Fury-Wilder. It's likely the biggest fight the sport can make in 2022. 

    

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