The Gypsy King, Tyson Fury (29-0-1, 20 KO) hits the scale for Saturday’s heavyweight clash with Deontay Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KO), weighing 273 lbs. In December 2018, when Wilder and Fury squared off for the first time, Fury weighed 256.5 lbs. The implications that the 16.5 lbs weight jump could have on the fight must not be overlooked.
Expect A War From The Gypsy King
This is not going to be the same type of fight we watched in December of 2018. Fury’s big weight jump implies that he is approaching this fight different. Trying to increase the power in his right hand, The Gypsy King is ready for war. He is predicting a second round knockout of the heavy handed Deontay Wilder. Despite being knocked down twice in the first fight, it appeared that Fury clearly won the fight. Many experts questioned the split decision draw.
Why would Fury change his fight approach from one that appeared to be successful to one that many people believe will benefit his opponent?
Wilder Vs Fury I
First, we must go back to 2018, “The Gypsy King” was knocked down by Wilder in the 12th round by a vicious right hand that was followed by a left hook. Everybody and their momma thought the fight was over. What impressed me the most was not the fact that “The Gypsy King” rose from the dead but the fact that he pushed forward, even taunting the less talented Wilder by putting his hands behind his back, winning the rest of the 12th round. Tyson Fury finished the fight the way we expect a champion to finish a championship fight. While hurt with Wilder smothering him, Fury learned that he could stand and trade with Wilder. The second half of that 12th round instilled confidence in Fury and his toughness.
Fury Vs Wallin
Second, we must look at Fury’s previous fight against Otto Wallin in September 2019. Fury usually fights on the outside using head movement and footwork to out box his opponents, but Wallin cut Fury early in the fight. The cut was bad, and the threat of a doctor’s stoppage forced Fury to fight more of an inside war than a boxing match. It seems like Fury found comfort in fighting these types of fights and it is a big reason why I think he will approach the rematch with Deontay Wilder this way.
The Gypsy King Has A New Trainer
Lastly, ahead of the highly anticipated rematch with Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury has changed trainers. He has replaced his former trainer Ben Davison with Javon “SugarHill” Steward of the famous Kronk Gym in Detroit. “SugarHill” Steward is the nephew of the late, great boxing trainer, Emanuel Steward. The Steward family has trained Wladimir Klitschko, Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield, all former hard-hitting heavyweight champions. The Steward family also trained the legendary, heavy handed middleweight, Tommy “The Hitman” Hearns. Fury and his boxing team have been open about working on the power of his right hand. The added weight is going help with that.
Regardless of the outcome, I am sure that this fight is going to go down as a classic. Fury hasn’t looked sharp in his last two fights, but Tyson Fury performs his best when the lights are the brightest. Fury’s most impressive performances of his career came when he won the unified heavyweight title against Wladimir Klitschko and when he outperformed Deontay Wilder in their first fight. I anticipate we will see the best version of Tyson Fury on Saturday.
Tyson Fury is going to be more offensive in the rematch with Deontay Wilder, but I don’t expect him to be reckless in there. Fury is going to apply pressure early in this fight but don’t be surprised if, at times, he reverts to his old ways and fights off his back foot. The added weight is going to play a big role in this fight, especially regarding Fury’s knock out power. I predict at the very least that Tyson Fury scores a knockdown and wins this fight. If I were a gambling man, and I am a gambling man, I’m putting my money on the fat, bald headed, slick moving, tough as nails Englishman, better known as “The Gypsy King”.
Brick’s Pick: Tyson Fury +105