For the third time in three years, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will enter the ring with multiple heavyweight titles on the line. Fury will defend the WBC and The Ring heavyweight belts he won off Wilder last February, and a win would establish himself as the premier boxer in his weight class. The Gypsy King is a sizable favorite over Wilder, but The Bronze Bomber is out to prove he can be a world champion once again.
Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder III will take place on Saturday, October 9, 2021, at T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada. The main event is expected to get underway between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET, and the PPV will be available on both ESPN and FOX.
Tale of the Tape
Fury has the size advantage over Wilder. He is 6’9 with an 85-inch reach, and he weighed in at 273 pounds for their last fight on February 22, 2020, at Madison Square Garden. Wilder will check in at 6’7 with an 83-inch reach, but the question is where his weight will be on Saturday. He weighed in at 231 pounds (the most of his career) for the last fight, yet he looked lethargic and slow.
The first fight between these two titans was on December 1, 2018. Wilder was able to knock down Fury twice in that bout, but it ended in a split decision draw as Fury controlled much of the action. Fury landed more punches and was more accurate than Wilder throughout the fight, and the knockdowns kept him from taking the titles.
There was no doubt that Fury was the better fighter last February. He dominated from the opening bell, setting the pace and knocking down Wilder twice before the champion’s corner stopped the fight in the middle of the seventh round.
Deontay Wilder was a favorite heading into the first two fights. He is 42-0 with 41 knockouts against all fighters not named Tyson Fury, but his inability to beat Fury has cast doubt on his potential to consider himself an elite heavyweight. Although Wilder won the WBC heavyweight title in January 2015 and defended it for five years, his best wins were against Bermane Stiverne and Luis Ortiz.
The pedigree is more prestigious for Tyson Fury. Fury is 30-0-1 with 21 knockouts to his name. He made a name for himself with knockouts of Derek Chisora and Christian Hammer, but he really came into his own with a unanimous decision victory over Wladimir Klitschko on November 2015. Klitschko had been the fully unified, undisputed heavyweight champion before his shocking defeat at the hands of Fury.
It’s tempting to want to take Wilder. He gave the excuse that he looked slow in the last fight because of the ornate costume he was wearing, but he just doesn’t have the same physical gifts as Fury. As long as Fury remains composed, he should be able to take down Wilder.