Wilder Predicts a 50-50 Fight in Fury-Usyk Clash

Bronze Bomber admits that Fury is physically more dominant, but Usyk also has his own weapons

by Sededin Dedovic
Wilder Predicts a 50-50 Fight in Fury-Usyk Clash
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The boxing world has its eyes on February 17, 2024, when two undefeated giants clash for ultimate glory. Tyson Fury, "The Gypsy King", and Oleksandr Usyk, a skilled southpaw, will fight in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for the undisputed heavyweight championship.

Despite having world titles and an undefeated record, the bookies are heavily tipping Fury. The odds of him winning range from 1.55 to 1.60 (Please note that the odds are from a British bookmaker), reflecting his advantage in size and power.

However, even these odds rose slightly after his fight with Francis Ngannou, which some saw as lackluster. Usyk, on the other hand, is considered an outsider with odds of 2.20 to 2.40. These numbers also fluctuated, dropping significantly after Fury's fight with Ngannou.

Before that, Usyk's odds were significantly higher, around 3.00 and above.

Wilder believes that the fight is even

Deontay Wilder, known as the "Bronze Bomber," offers a different perspective. He believes the fight is a true 50-50 contest, citing each fighter's unique strengths.

While Fury's size is a significant factor, Wilder claims that Usyk's speed and agility could effectively counter him. "It's a 50-50 fight, anything can happen," Wilder said. "People see Fury's size as a huge advantage, but that doesn't necessarily mean anything.

Usyk can stay a little bit lower, and then Fury will have a harder time getting to him because of his height. If Usyk cuts his way in and out very quickly, I think the speed can be a big factor in this match." Wilder hopes that crowning the undisputed champion will pave the way for his own unification fight, eliminating the need to negotiate with multiple champions.

"There will be no more different champions and no more champions running away from me when they see what I did to my previous opponent," Wilder said. "On four occasions I managed to unify the belts, but the champions of the time did not want to box against me." Regardless of the outcome in February, the fight between Fury and Usyk promises to be a historic event, finally unifying the heavyweight division and crowning the true undisputed champion.