The Bronze Bomber vs The Gypsy King. The hunter versus the hunted. Tyson Fury has always backed himself up against anyone in the heavyweight division and usually for good reason.
Fury has a 27-0 win record and on December 1st will take on Deontay Wilder, perhaps his greatest challenge since defeating Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.
However, after only having two fights since his ban in 2015, there are some that believe this fight is too soon for Fury as he continues his comeback.
The Gypsy King is 6/5 for victory, so we weigh up whether he is ready to reign supreme once again…
Back in shape
After his three year period of inactivity, Fury started his road to recovery in June of this year.
He shed eight stone in preparation for his fight against Sefer Seferi, with former heavyweight champion George Foreman saying his weight would be the only thing to stand in the way of dominating the division.
Fury has notoriously been difficult to hit flush and showed in his fight with Klitschko that he’s very good at neutralising his opponent’s greatest strengths.
It was the jab for the Ukrainian and Fury could be focusing on shutting down Wilder’s right hand even if he does get clipped with some left hooks along the way.
A fitter and fresher Fury, filled with ambition could prove the key to the win.
His work in the gym may have been noticeable but after only making his comeback five months ago, there are questions over his readiness for a fight of this magnitude.
The Gypsy King has breezed through two fights since returning to the ring in June. But even before his win over Francesco Pianeta in August he was already talking of fighting Anthony Joshua and Wilder.
This fight was always going to happen, but could it have waited another four months and happened in March next year?
This would have given Fury one more bout to fine-tune his tactics and be ready mentally to become champ yet again.
Meeting a maverick
Fury has form of winning in the latter rounds and may have to fend off the unconventional Wilder in the early rounds.
Wilder has only gone beyond round eight four times in 40 fights, knocking out 39 of his opponents.
Klitschko was always dangerous but quite conventional compared to the Bronze Bomber.
He may not be able to goad the American like he did Klitschko. Wilder, who is 4/6 to win, will come at him with a range of shots, and that unpredictability may prove crucial.
This is a hard one to call, so much so that a Wilder v Fury II could be on the cards whatever the result.
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