Tyson Fury Retains Favoritism For Deontay Wilder Re-match
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Oddsmakers are keeping faith in Tyson Fury over Deontay Wilder despite the former suffering a scare during his unanimous points win over Otto Wallin in Las Vegas.
Fury stretched his undefeated record to 30 professional fights (29-0-1) on Saturday night, but for long spells that unbeaten run looked like it might come to an end against the odds.
That’s because +2000 underdog Wallin inflicted two nasty cuts to Fury’s right eyebrow in just the third round, forcing the Brit to fight for the remaining nine rounds with blood streaming down his face.
Fury survived two examinations from the ringside doctor who, had he declared the injuries too severe to continue, would have handed Wallin victory on a count of the cut being the result of a legal punch.
The uncertainty forced Fury to go looking for a knockout, despite being well clear on the judges’ scorecards, but Wallin survived multiple onslaughts while Fury successfully protected his wounds until the final bell.
Despite being dragged deep by the big Swede – a relative unknown before the weekend – Fury did enough to reaffirm his status as favorite when he meets Wilder for a second time next year.
The eagerly anticipated re-match has been pencilled in for 2020, assuming Wilder fights and beats Luis Ortiz in his next bout, and the odds are -137 in favor of Fury, according to William Hill.
That makes Wilder a slight underdog at +110, while another draw is +2000 with 888.
Fury’s Stock Has Not Fallen
Frank Warren, Fury’s promotor, dismissed suggestions that his fighter’s stock had fallen somewhat, agreeing with sportsbooks that his charge remains the man to beat.
“It doesn’t affect his standing, how can it? He won the fight, he won it with a serious injury,” he said post fight.
“I was concerned when the doctor went to the corner a couple of times, he would stop the fight – maybe another doctor would have stopped it.
“The bottom line is Tyson won the fight. He did what he had to do, he hurt him a few times. Wallin was a very credible opponent.”
The more severe of Fury’s two cuts – which combined needed approximately 50 stitches – is now his camp’s biggest concern.
Emergency surgery was carried out and it has been suggested the recovery time required may push back Fury’s next training camp, but Warren insists the Wilder fight is not in jeopardy.
“The fight will go on next year,” he stressed. “Obviously the date will now be subject to Tyson’s eye being healed and him being 100 percent.
“If it’s not then I wouldn’t let it happen. There’s no way we’re going to let him go in the ring if he’s not 100 percent, he’s got to be 100 percent in a fight like that.
“Wilder is the biggest-punching heavyweight in the last 20 years, we all saw what happened last time and Tyson has got to be really on the money before we allow that fight to take place.”
Wilder’s fight with Ortiz is due to be confirmed later this month and could be staged as soon as November, with all boxing sportsbooks making him a clear favorite at -700.
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