After Saturday night’s controversial draw in Los Angeles between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, there’s already pleny of talk about a rematch, and the Westgate Las Vegas book has already posted odds.
The Westgate has Fury (27-0-1, 19 KO) as a slight favorite over Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KO), with Fury at -120 and Wilder listed at even odds.
There’s plenty of reason to pick either man, I suspect. Fury, it seems, was the people’s winner on Saturday night, with most fan and media cards going his way. Fury believes the decision was as bad as the infamous Lewis-Holyfield draw of 1999. In a rematch eight months after that fight, Lewis, who was seen as the rightful winner of the first bout, outpointed Holyfield over 12 rounds.
Fury boxes well, he made Wilder miss all the time on Saturday, and there’s reason to believe that with a fight like this one under his belt after his extended absence and two easy tune-ups, he could do even better in a rematch, perhaps not make the couple of mistakes that saw him wind up on the canvas on Saturday.
As for Wilder, well, Deontay’s had one rematch in his pro career. He went 12 rounds with Bermane Stiverne back in Jan. 2015 and won a wide decision. They met again in 2017 and Wilder bombed him out in the first round. Wilder believes he never quite got settled on Saturday, saying he was “overshooting” his punches. He seems to firmly believe that in a second tango with Tyson, he could get his rival out of there.
No matter what you think should have been the decision on Saturday, I think there’s a lot of remaining intrigue in this matchup of heavyweight stars. Can Fury do what he did on Saturday, only even better? Can Wilder correct his mistakes and find that knockout punch?
You decide: who wins if Wilder and Fury rematch?
Who wins a rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury?
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