Fantasy Fights: Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury – How Would It Play Out?
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury would be a heavyweight fight that would tick all the boxes if it could be made before the end of 2017.
Not too long ago, boxing’s heavyweight division seemed to be on the verge of being revived, led by a four man race that included Wladimir Klitschko, Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder, with the stable possessing a mix of experience and youth and a unique blend of fighting styles.
Now, however, tides have begun to change, although the heavyweight division is still essentially booming.
The legendary Klitschko, a 41-year-old future Hall of Famer, is riding a two-fight losing streak after suffering an emphatic knockout loss at the hands of Joshua at Wembley Stadium in London earlier this month.
“AJ” now holds the IBF, IBO and WBA heavyweight titles and seemingly holds the keys to the division’s future as well.
Fury, who hasn’t competed since upsetting Klitschko in Nov. 2015, has dealt with a plethora of personal issues since then, but has recently expressed interest in not only a comeback, but a fight with Joshua as well.
Things seem to be brightening up for him a bit now though.
Wilder, on the other hand, has expressed deep interest in a fight with WBO champion Joesph Parker this July. “The Bronze Bomber” currently holds the WBC heavyweight strap.
The future of the division appears to be a bright one and an intriguing fight to fantasize about could be a potential matchup between Wilder and Fury.
Wilder, an Alabama native, is a towering individual, standing at 6 ft. 7 in. tall while possessing an 83 in. reach.
At age 31, he’s likely in the prime of his fighting career and he possesses a 38-0 professional record, with 37 of those victories coming by way of knockout. Like Joshua, Wilder possesses pure knockout power, but “The Bronze Bomber” has yet to face any legitimate competition. A bout with Fury, however, could change that.
At 28 years of age, Fury is undoubtedly in the prime of his career, although personal issues outside of the squared circle have held him back.
After beating Klitschko by a wide margin in 2015, Fury established himself as one of the best heavyweights in the world. Now claiming that his issues are behind him, it’s time to once again prove it and a bout against Wilder would give him the chance to do so.
From a physical standpoint, Fury would actually be the larger man in this potential fight, as he stands at 6 ft. 9 in. tall and possesses an 89 in. reach.
With 18 of his 25 professional victories coming by way of knockout, Fury has proven to pack power in his hands, but “The Gypsy King”, at times, has also been considered to be amongst the best boxers in the world.
His experience against legitimate competition in addition to his size advantage would provide Wilder with a test that many have hoped to see him put up against.
Who would you predict to win in a potential bout between Wilder and Fury?