Sports Gazette

by sports journalism students at St Mary's University, London

Tyson Fury’s jab and unpredictability will clinch him the WBC title.

Posted on 21 February 2020 by Inam Yaphi

Hands low, charging forward behind a rippling jab and the occasional whisper of “you big dosser” in the clinch.

This is how Tyson Fury will spend his Saturday night.

The Gypsy King should go on and win the WBC (World Boxing Council) heavyweight title against Deontay Wilder. He will be quick, unorthodox and simply too clever when they meet in Las Vegas this weekend.

It won’t be a stoppage, but Fury will jab the American into the night the same way he did Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf in 2015.

In the first fight, Fury boxed elegantly and ruffled Wilder’s feathers, in both the press conference and in the ring. Many believed that Fury won the fight, but after taking into consideration Wilder scored two knockdowns, the judges ended on a draw.

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Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury 2 should have a different ending and when it comes boxing ability, we should prepare for the lineal champion of the world to get his hand raised at the end of the night.

It will be senseless to completely disregard Wilder’s ability. He is the hardest hitting heavyweight in the world, possibly of all time. He proves this every time he steps into the ring by his aptitude to punch boxers into insensibility.

Wilder can be a one-trick pony. When that right hand down the pipe comes, trust me you’ll know. It’s blatant and somewhat comes with a touch of arrogance.

“Fighters need to be perfect for 12 rounds, I just need to be perfect for two seconds” boasted Wilder.

The two knockdowns in the ninth and twelfth  round can be looked at in different ways in the Gypsy King’s camp.

The negative is that Fury needs to be more switched on. He is the bigger man and he needs to keep Wilder at range and trust his jab. In the first knockdown, it was the left hook followed by the overhand right. In the 12th, he floored him again with a huge shot. Fury got up twice and arguably won the rest of those rounds.

Graph provided by Sheyma Mukhtar

Fury’s ability to hit Wilder is not in doubt. Whether he will hurt him remains to be seen. He believes that he only needs two rounds to get his victory against Wilder.

In the Power Punches Landed stats, Fury remained consistent throughout the fight, much more than Wilder who peaked in round nine (34.6%) and round 12 (36.80%). Fury for context landed 50% of his power punches from the eighth round to the tenth. Overall averaging 36.5% while Wilder averaged 17%.

Graphs provided by Sheyma Mukhtar

In Fury’s last fight against Otto Wallin, he received a cut over his right eye – he made it through the fight although he was constantly being checked by the doctors. 46 stitches later, murmurs began whether he would hold up and if the tissue would recover.

Once again, we can expect fireworks, theatrical ring walks and heavy shots. This could be a fitting end to Fury’s troubled last few years with depression, alcohol, and drug abuse. He will reach the mountain top again if he defeats Wilder.

The unification bout against Anthony Joshua awaits.