3 reasons Deontay Wilder will crush Tyson Fury

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February 7th, 2020

We're only weeks away from the biggest heavyweight fight in more than a decade, and the Feb. 22 Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury rematch is basically a toss-up on the odds board.

While many believe a fresher, better-conditioned Fury will claim the victory he was robbed of in their first encounter, Wilder is just as prepared for what Fury will bring in the defining fight of their careers.

Let’s take a look at the reasons why Wilder will walk away with a crushing victory.

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Wilder has the eraser

There is nothing more dangerous in boxing than a puncher with unwavering confidence, especially when that boxer in question is one of the most explosive knockout artists in the sport

By some miracle Fury escaped Wilder’s touch of death twice in their first fight, but Wilder knows Fury can’t stay outside of his range forever. Wilder’s confidence will be sky high, following his brutal KO wins over rivals Dominic Breazeale and Luis Ortiz. Wilder just needs one good moment to call it a night.

Fury opting for aggression

Fury comes into this fight in far better shape than their first encounter and is going to be more comfortable taking chances on offense.

Nobody believes Fury when he says he’ll knock Wilder out in two rounds. Fury opting to slug it out with Wilder is potentially suicidal. Wilder might have more opportunities to land his big shots this time around, as Fury will try to sway the judges with more activity and offense, which will put him in harm's way.

Fury’s new game plan will play against his strengths

Fury is a mover and a neutralizer. He takes away a fighter’s best weapon with defense and distance, but new trainer Javon Hill may try to infuse the Kronk Gym mentality in Fury, which could have him stand in the pocket with Wilder.

It’s hard to imagine why Fury would deviate from the game plan that left Wilder looking amateurish in their first fight. But Hill isn’t Ben Davidson and Fury is in much better condition—physically and mentally—so the fighter might be receptive to a new strategy.

Intimidation tactics won’t work against a fighter who has said on multiple occasions that he wants to have a dead body on his record. The longer Fury chooses to stand his ground, the more chances Wilder will have to knock him senseless.

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