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Tyson Fury Favored over Deontay Wilder in Feb. 22 Rematch

Tyson Fury Favored over Deontay Wilder in Feb. 22 Rematch

Tyson Fury is a slight favorite over WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in the hotly anticipated rematch that is now officially scheduled for Feb. 22 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. FOX and ESPN+ will be working together on the pay-per-view.

According to UniBet, Fury is the -162 favorite for the second fight on the three-way moneyline. Wilder follows at +125 with the draw posted at +2500.

Wilder vs. Fury 2 is expected to be one of the biggest heavyweight championship fights in recent history and is one fans of boxing betting have been looking forward to for months. Both fighters are undefeated and have attained a level of star status few in the sport have ever seen.

First Fury-Wilder Fight was a Draw

Wilder and Fury fought to a split draw back in December 2018. While Fury seemed to outbox Wilder for the majority of the fight, the American scored two knockdowns, the first in the ninth and the second in the 12th, to leave the three ringside judges knotted in disagreement.

Both have notched two victories since that epic encounter. Fury, 31, from England, defeated German journeyman Tom Schwarz by second-round knockout in June 2019 and Swedish hopeful Otto Wallin via unanimous decision three months later.

Wilder, 34, from Alabama, stopped Dominic Breazeale in just one round in May 2019 before doing the same in seven rounds in the rematch against Cuban southpaw Luis Ortiz six months later.

There’s been talk of a rematch almost as soon as the first fight ended, and oddsmakers believed then as now that Fury is the favorite.

Why Fury and Wilder are Both Champions

Both Fury and Wilder are undefeated, and each has a legitimate claim to calling himself the heavyweight champion of the world.

Fury is considered by some to be the lineal heavyweight champion based on his 2015 defeat of Wladimir Klitschko. The concept of the lineal championship in boxing was created by fans and media around the basic premise that a fighter has to lose the title in a fight or that fighter remains champion, at least until he retires from the sport.

Fury briefly retired due to mental health issues in 2016 but came back two years later. That means for many people, Fury is the true heavyweight champion because he never legitimately retired in the sense that he came back to compete so soon after the announcement.

Wilder, on the other hand, has held the WBC heavyweight title for almost half a decade. While boxing’s world championship picture is overly complicated and incredibly confusing for those who don’t religiously follow the sport, Wilder does hold one of the four championship belts by the major sanctioning bodies.

Beyond Wilder’s WBC title, there are three more (IBF, WBA, WBO) that are currently worn by unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.