Heavyweight Picks on Wilder/Fury

By Robert Ecksel on November 27, 2018
Heavyweight Picks on Wilder/Fury
“Nothing can compare to the mental strength Fury has shown both in and out of the ring.”

“I think with Deontay’s power, he might be able to end it early, but if Tyson can frustrate him and it goes the distance, then it could go his way…”

There is no shortage of former heavyweight champions and contenders roaming the face of God’s earth. In advance of Saturday’s heavyweight pay-per-view championship between reigning and defending WBC champion Deontay Wilder and undefeated lineal champion Tyson Fury, a few of their esteemed predecessors pick the winner of Saturday’s big bout.

First up is Iron Mike Tyson. Strong of body but weak of mind, especially when he ruled the roost, he understands the mind of Tyson Fury better than most.

“Although Wilder’s punch is strong,” Tyson said, “nothing can compare to the mental strength Fury has shown both in and out of the ring. It’ll be a close call, but I think Fury’s got a true fighting chance.”

Fury indeed has a fighting chance. He’s been to hell and back, and if the old maxim that a good boxer usually beats a good fighter, Fury has this fight won hands down. But there are particulars in every championship which, if the matchmaking is legit, can sway a fight this way or that, as Tyson’s nemesis, Evander Holyfield, knows as well as anyone.

“It’s a great fight,” said Holyfield. “Fury’s got a lot of skills, he’s awkward and he has long arms. He has good reflexes and is a strong counterpuncher. Deontay needs to be first and he can’t wait on Tyson. Tyson’s always been the bigger fighter. In fighting Deontay it’s the same case. If things get difficult, he’s (Fury) got more experience and a lot of tricks. I think with Deontay’s power, he might be able to end it early, but if Tyson can frustrate him and it goes the distance, then it could go his way.”

Lennox Lewis defeated both Holyfield and Tyson and his accomplishments have not dimmed in the intervening years.

“If it goes the distance then it belongs to Tyson Fury,” Lewis said. “If it’s a short fight it will belong to Deontay Wilder. This is an epic and most-unpredictable showdown. I can’t wait for this fight.”

Many feel as Lewis does. The unpredictability of the bout is part of what makes it compelling. George Foreman, a veritable machine bent on destruction during the years he tore through the heavyweight division, is also looking forward to the fight.

“I am a big fan of Deontay Wilder and I was impressed with Tyson Fury and how he avoided the big shots against Wladimir Klitschko. I can see him going 12 rounds with Wilder because of his height and reach,” Foreman said. “The great thing about this fight is that we’re all talking about it. I think Wilder wins a close decision.”

Another giant of the square circle is Riddick Bowe, who could box and punch with equal facility, and whose trio of fights with Evander Holyfield are bona fide classics.

Bowe said, “Wilder comes out and means business then he should beat Fury with ease. My prediction is Wilder by knockout!”

Gentleman Gerry Cooney was a heavyweight whose grasp exceeded his reach, but he went far and fought the best his generation had to offer.

“Wilder vs. Tyson Fury is a very interesting fight,” Cooney said. “I love Tyson Fury. I think he’s a remarkable self-promoter, and he did a great job with Wladimir Klitschko, using his feints and throwing Klitschko off his game plan. Deontay is a different kind of fighter, though. Fury fights at 30 miles per hour. Deontay fights at 100 miles per hour. So, when Deontay catches Fury and gets ahold of him I think it’s going to be over. I admire Fury, but I think he’s barking up the wrong tree with this fight. I think the bottom line is that Deontay is a whole different type of beast. He comes in aggressive and finishes his opponents. I hate to pick, but somebody has to lose. I’m picking Deontay by knockout and I think it ends inside of four or five rounds.”

Luis Ortiz has hands-on experience when it comes to appraising Wilder. He hasn’t fought Fury, but that could happen down the line.

“If Fury decides he wants to dip and dive and move, then he can extend the fight. But it’s all up to Wilder,” said Ortiz. “If Fury decides he wants to come to the middle of the ring and fight, then it’s going to be over quick. Wilder is going to catch him. Prediction: Wilder by KO.”

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  1. Ben Hoskin 12:21am, 12/02/2018

    Totally agree Mata, MT wasn’t mentally weak just horrendously managed. Fury was a clear winner for mine despite the two knockdowns. It’s apparent the two of three best big boys currently aren’t quite the same caliber as MT’s late 90’s opponents would have been.  Could you imagine a prime Lennox Lewis facing either? I’ve said it nearly two decades ago and still to this day maintain he is the finest big heavy of all time when complacency didn’t waylay him. My opinion gents before the bile bites!

  2. jun wong 05:44pm, 11/28/2018

    Tyson will not last 3 rounds, he might go down on the first

  3. Ted Sares 11:32am, 11/28/2018

    —Wilder’s many flaws are his greatest assets. Fury will be somewhat confused by them and will also have stamina issues. His loss of weight reminds me a bit of Roy Jones coming back from the Ruiz fight. If Cunningham can deck him, Wilder can sedate him. This all said, I see Wilder catching Fury with a wild right that will concuss The Traveler and end the fight. Wilder by stoppage.

  4. Broadway Joe 07:59am, 11/28/2018


  5. peter 06:52am, 11/28/2018

    Fury won’t KO Wilder. His best shot of winning is to stick and move and go the distance. But is Fury in shape enough to go the distance? He’s older and might not be able to survive 10 rounds, particularly after coming back after his debauched retirement. Still, it’s an interesting fight.

  6. Kid Blast 07:56pm, 11/27/2018

    Luis Ortiz has the beat

  7. MataFachas 06:04pm, 11/27/2018

    Koolz… Na Zdorovie.  How the hell are ya, breh? FURY ROAD !!!

  8. Koolz 05:46pm, 11/27/2018

    Fury’s feet becomes to much his movement to much for Wilder who looks for the early KO.
    Fury by UD!

  9. MataFachas 05:42pm, 11/27/2018

    Mike Tyson receives a bad rap about being mentally weak or having no heart. I really don’t know what people expect of a fighter. The guy showed plenty of heart in the Douglas fight, and in other losing efforts to Lewis and the first fight with Holyfield.  Mike Tyson also showed plenty of heart in his wars with Razor Ruddock. He lost his head in the Holyfield rematch, but oh well, sh*t happens. Wonder what the odds are on a Fury knockout victory? Fury by stoppage sometime around the 8th or 9th round.

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