Wilder vs Fury: The Rematch To Remove All The Doubt
By Oliver McManus
Billed as “the biggest heavyweight showdown in 20 years”, Tyson Fury’s rematch with Deontay Wilder poses as many questions of him as we thought he’d answered in December 2018.
When the pair first met there was still a devilish unknown about Fury, could he replicate his Klitschko masterclass?
A year plus small change later and it seems as though there are no more secrets to unveil. Deontay Wilder is as fantastically frenetic as ever and Fury, well, he’s still Tyson Fury. The Gypsy King, true to form, has made sure to throw at least one spanner in the works by way of SugarHill Steward.
The nephew of Emanuel Steward, iconic coach of Lennox Lewis and Wladimir Klitschko, teamed up with Fury at the back of 2019 to replace Ben Davison. A left-field choice that surprised many but, so too, did the initial appointment of Davison.
Over the course of Fury’s comeback he and Davison developed a fascinating relationship: Davison making it his business to be across every minute detail regarding his charge. If ever he goes on Mastermind then the mind of Tyson Fury must surely be his specialist subject?
Deontay Wilder 34, shows no sign of diverting from his tried and trusted method of destructive madness. Since turning professional the Olympic bronze medallist has bull-dozed his way past every opponent he’s faced. Sure it took two attempts against Bermane Stiverne but if that rematch taught us anything it was to never poke the Alabama native.
For a man whose weaknesses are so easily identifiable, 41 people have tried to exploit them with little success: officially, anyway. The Bronze Bomber has always been known for that trademark Tuscaloosa windmill punch that detonates upon impact. Luis Ortiz has had Wilder on the backfoot and looking rocky but, eventually, he too fell victim to a crude swipe of Wilder’s right hand.
He always looks reckless but, somehow, finds a way to land on the button.
Tyson Fury, on his day, can make anyone look like a fool. That often is the worst way to lose: not through a knockout punch – anyone can get caught out – but by a 12 round humiliation. And Fury is the master at making anyone look average, regardless of reputation. That sort of a game plan relies on 36 minutes of perfection – of sheer focus and concentration – whilst Wilder needs just 10 seconds of stars aligning to finish the contest.
With Tyson Fury there is a unique battle of nerve and tactical wit: even in Wilder’s most audacious of dreams he can’t truly believe he beat Fury when they first met. Does he call the Mancunian’s bluff and trust himself to find the target or will he box with more focus? Will Tyson Fury employ the same confidence and nonchalant nature as last time or will he look to rough Wilder up?
Doubt will always creep into your mind for as long as a fight ebbs and flows; whilst there is breath in the Bronze Bomber there is always the threat of obliteration. It takes something special to take Tyson Fury’s breath away and Wilder knows that better than anyone. The Gypsy King has felt the full force of Wilder’s explosive finishing and rose to tell the story.
Hell hath no fury like Tyson Fury but there’s nothing quite as heavenly sweet and sickly like Deontay Wilder’s rampaging right hand.