Look Who’s Talking Now, Matrix Revolutions and the Addams Family Reunion, what do they all have in common? They were all a flop with fans, they all came off the back of two exciting and commercially successful films and finally, they were only really made to make a cheap buck.
The sceptics amongst you might make a link between those terrible films to the upcoming clash between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, especially when you consider that the cheapest tickets for the fight will cost an eye-watering £360.
In this article we take a look at what to expect from the third fight between these two boxers and analyse whether the spectacle itself will be more Look Who’s Talking Now or more The Return of the King.
Fury vs Wilder 3: When, where, why?
When: The third fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will take place on Saturday 24th July, although because of the time difference, fans in the UK can expect the action to start around 4am on the Sunday morning.
Where: The fight will be held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas which was where the last fight between the two was held, although the venue was then known as ‘The MGM Grand Garden Arena’.
Why: Anyone with even the faintest interest in boxing will know that a third installation of Fury vs Wilder is the last thing that boxing fans want now. What everyone wants to see is The Gypsy King squaring off against his British counterpart Anthony Joshua.
Unfortunately for everyone but Deontay Wilder’s bank manager, the American’s team found a clause in his contract with Fury which invoked a Trilogy clash.
Fury’s camp of course disputed this claim but an arbitration judge ruled in Wilder’s favour back in May so, as Freddie Mercury once sung, the show must go on.
Is anyone interested in this fight?
Don’t mistake the downbeat tone of this article thus far for a lack of excitement in the actual fight itself. The disappointment comes from the fact that this fight is just another obstacle to the Fury vs Joshua clash which has always felt likely to fall apart before it evens starts.
In terms of excitement for Fury vs Wilder there is plenty, both here in the UK and across the water in the US. Online betting bookies have been reporting a big uptake in wagers placed on the fight ever since its announcement, with Fury coming in as the 4/3 favourite.
The intrigue ahead of this third and (hopefully) final fight between The Gypsy King and The Bronze Bomber is two-fold. Can Tyson Fury finally put to bed the claims from nay-sayers that his win in February 2020 should come with caveats? And, can he lay down a real marker ahead of his potential fight with Joshua?
In an attempt to answer those questions, let’s take a quick look at the preparations of both Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury before making our prediction for July 24th.
(Will this fight follow a similar pattern to the last encounter between the two?)
Tyson Fury’s Preparations
The two-time world heavyweight champion has a long history of strange and unusual pre-fight preparations. In the months ahead of his last fight against Wilder he claimed that he had:
- Performed hours of gruelling cunnilingus training to strengthen his jaw.
- Masturbated seven times a day to keep his testosterone levels high.
- Held his fists in petrol for 5 minutes a day to toughen up his hands.
This time around his preparations aren’t quite as odd, but there is still an element of peculiarity to his sparring sessions, which are being held in ‘sauna-like’ conditions.
Former training partner Dmitriy Salita made the claim recently when he told reporters that Fury was doing 15-round training sessions at 35°C temperatures in Florida.
According to Salita it is an approach that has led to Fury getting into the shape of his life and looking sharp and focused ahead of his bout against Wilder, which will be a boon for the British fighter, as one criticism levelled at him has been his lack of sharpness and fitness.
(Despite Fury’s bold claims of bizarre pre-fight preparations what has always separated him from other fighters is his daily dedication to being the best that he can be.)
Deontay Wilder’s Preparations
The American’s training regime ahead of this fight seems to have taken a more orthodox form with no mention of cunnilingus, masturbation or petrol in Wilder’s so-called ‘revenge regime’. There are strong words coming from his camp too with trainer Malik Scott insisting:
“We built a facility to do a licensed homicide. Deontay Wilder is not playing, he built a facility to get this job done.”
What should be worrying for Wilder fans though is the fact that his trainer appears to be focusing on improving his strength and power, which have never been a problem for the 35-year-old. What was Wilder’s undoing in February, 2020 was his boxing IQ.
Contrary to Wilder’s spurious claims, Tyson Fury didn’t win the fight because he had a heavy object in his glove or because he spiked Wilder’s water with muscle relaxer. No, Fury won the fight because he had a better plan than his opponent and more nous in the ring.
The only hope for Wilder fans is that the facility for a ‘licensed homicide’ is a smokescreen for an academic training centre where Wilder has been studying boxing tactics to a PhD level.
Fury vs Wilder III Predictions
Tyson Fury is the overwhelming favourite ahead of this fight and it’s easy to see way, he not only has recent experience of mastering Wilder, but he has a proven track record of adapting throughout his career to overcome challenging opponents.
He also has that iron-will that separates great fighters from legendary fighters, making any claims of ring-rustiness and a lax mentality redundant. Whilst Fury will have a clear game plan in mind for Wilder, mentally he will have been preparing to fight Muhammad Ali in his prime, so there’s zero chance of him underestimating Wilder.
Expect the American fighter to come out swinging in the first few rounds full of anger and a desire for revenge. Once the adrenaline fades, Fury will take command of the fight and put his opponent on the canvas.