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Wilder vs Fury betting odds: Deontay Wilder favored for Saturday showdown

Deontay Wilder is favored, but Tyson Fury is a bit of a wild card as the live dog.

Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury - New York Press Conference Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

As we get closer to Saturday night’s big heavyweight fight between WBC titleholder Deontay Wilder and lineal champion Tyson Fury, we’ve got a pretty clear look at the betting odds for the matchup, and Wilder is favored — though not by a lot — to retain his title.

The opening lines had both fighters with favored odds, Fury at -110 and Wilder at -120. But since then, Fury (27-0, 19 KO) has become the underdog, while Wilder (40-0, 39 KO) has seen his chances, according to the books at least, go the other way.

Bovada has Wilder at -170, while most other books have him around -150 or so. Bovada’s line on Fury is +140, which is about standard across the board, in some spots around +120. So it’s about as even a line as we see in boxing for big fights, really, which speaks to a couple of things, one being how well-matched the fight is on paper, another being that it’s a little unpredictable. With Fury having had just a couple of tune-ups in the past three years, we really don’t know exactly what we’ve got with him on Saturday night.

As for the pay-per-view undercard, the less said, the better. It’s a trio of utter mismatches on paper. Jarrett Hurd is a massive favorite against Jason Welborn, Luis Ortiz a massive favorite against Travis Kauffman, and Joe Joyce a massive favorite against Joe Hanks. None of the fights are expected to be competitive.

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