Deontay Wilder gives a prediction for the match between Olesandr Usyk and Tyson Fury

“It's a 50-50 fight, anything can happen"

by Sead Dedovic
Deontay Wilder gives a prediction for the match between Olesandr Usyk and Tyson Fury
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Deontay Wilder is someone who is looking forward to the match between Fury and Usyk, just like all boxing fans. February 17th is the date of their fight. There is not much left until one of the biggest boxing matches. Wilder believes that it is difficult to predict the outcome of this match, but he gives a 50-50% chance to both of them.

He emphasized that speed could be crucial in this match. “It's a 50-50 fight, anything can happen. People look at Fury's size as a major advantage but that doesn't necessarily mean nothing because Usyk can stay low to the ground and because Fury's so tall it's going to be difficult to reach down.

If Usyk can get in and out real fast, I feel speed could be a major factor. For me it's 50-50 and I'm glad it's finally happening so we get all the belts in one place. That’s going to make it easier for me to fight for the unification of those belts, so I won't have to fight different champions and have champions running away because of what he's seen me do to the last opponent," Wilder said, as quoted by!

Deontay Wilder: It's been hard for me

Wilder also spoke about himself. He is not happy with how certain things turned out, and he thinks he could have unified the division. However, Deontay still does not give up on his goals.

He still firmly believes that he can do great things in the near future. "It's been hard for me. I've handed out opportunities but opportunities have never been given to me and that's sad to say that. I could have unified the division four different times in my career, but these fighters would not fight me and put their titles on the line.

I definitely want to unify the division, and the faster that happens, the faster I can answer the retirement question. But right now I'm in high spirits, I'm looking forward to the future and I've seen what the future looks like.

And I love it. My aura and happiness about boxing has been re-lit because I know what's to come and I'm looking forward to it. Deontay Wilder could be around for a good bit of time until he’s accomplished his goals and then I'm out of here”.

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