BIG FIGHT GUIDE: Deontay Wilder’s a freak of nature but Tyson Fury is so awkward

Deontay Wilder is a freak of nature but Tyson Fury is so awkward he won’t know what’s coming

  • Tyson Fury faces WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder on Saturday night
  • The British fighter will try to dethrone the American at the Staples Center in LA
  • But can he cope with Wilder’s power or will he return to Britain empty handed?
  • Here former world champion JOHNNY NELSON breaks down the big fight 

Johnny Nelson for the Daily Mail

Tyson Fury takes on Deontay Wilder in one of the most hotly-anticipated fights of the year on Saturday night.

The Gypsy King challenges the unbeaten Wilder for the WBC heavyweight crown at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Here, expert pundit JOHNNY NELSON breaks down the big fight for Sportsmail… 

Tyson Fury takes on Deontay Wilder in one of the most hotly-anticipated fights of the year

Tyson Fury takes on Deontay Wilder in one of the most hotly-anticipated fights of the year

FITNESS

The focus has been on Tyson Fury’s weight loss. I’m not worried about his fitness — gym-wise he has worked hard and his trainer Ben Davison has done an amazing job.

My concern is whether Ben has the experience to train Tyson’s mind as well as his body. That can count for 60 per cent of a fight.

Sure, Freddie Roach and Ricky Hatton will be in the corner but Ben is in charge and he’ll need to be able to fine-tune Tyson’s mind as well as read what’s going on in Deontay’s.

My concern is whether Ben Davison (R) has experience to train Tyson's mind as well as his body

My concern is whether Ben Davison (R) has experience to train Tyson’s mind as well as his body

When Tyson fought Wladimir Klitschko, he had his uncle and team around him. I was there and saw the kidology they used, the games they played to gain an edge. They were like a wolfpack setting on Klitschko and it was genius on display.

My fear for Ben is that this may be like someone who has just passed his driving test and begun driving with a new Porsche. Is it too big a car for him to handle without experience?

TEMPERAMENT

This will be like two bulls knocking heads. When it erupts both of them will blow.

Don’t be surprised if it dissolves into mayhem with one hitting the other on the break or after the referee has warned one. The referee will need to keep everyone cool.

Deontay has a wild streak but tends to stop short of totally losing it. Tyson can let his mouth run away with him but he’s probably more brain than brawn in the ring. He’ll be teasing and testing Deontay from the bell.

The American WBC champion has a wild streak but tends to stop short of totally losing it

The American WBC champion has a wild streak but tends to stop short of totally losing it

STRENGTHS

Deontay is almost a freak of nature. He has the speed of a cruiserweight but the concussive punching power of a heavyweight. 

He can move, has good energy and has deceptively long arms which connect just when you think you’re out of reach.

Tyson is very fast for a big guy. I sparred with Tyson at the end of my career and he is very difficult to lay a glove on. 

He is extremely awkward and unorthodox, you don’t know what you are going to get. Deontay won’t know what’s coming either and that is a big plus for Tyson.

Wilder has the speed of a cruiserweight but the concussive punching power of a heavyweight

Wilder has the speed of a cruiserweight but the concussive punching power of a heavyweight

Tyson is very fast for a big guy - I sparred with him and he is very difficult to lay a glove on 

Tyson is very fast for a big guy – I sparred with him and he is very difficult to lay a glove on 

WEAKNESSES

I’ve not seen a real weakness in Deontay.  He has been rocked once or twice but he has shown a desire to get back into the fight afterwards and that says a lot about his character. 

Tyson doesn’t carry the punching power you’d expect. He can throw a few and be accurate but they’re not as devastating as Deontay’s and that could be decisive.

FIGHT PLAN

I expect a slow start. It’ll be messy, a lot of smothering and leaning from Tyson who will look to frustrate Deontay and use a southpaw stance. 

Deontay will be looking to impose his speed and power, throw an early shot while Tyson will try to tease that out of him at safe distance to test what he has got… as long as it doesn’t land too cleanly. 

Expect the referee to be heavily involved, possibly even threatening a disqualification, as the needle sets in. 

I expect a slow start - with the champion looking to impose his speed and power on Fury

I expect a slow start – with the champion looking to impose his speed and power on Fury

Fury is in his first world title fight since he dethroned Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015

Fury is in his first world title fight since he dethroned Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015

VERDICT

Tyson Fury’s performance against Klitschko three years ago in Dusseldorf is the reason heavyweight boxing has its current landscape.

He rocked the scene into life and he is always capable of surprising us again — but I see Deontay Wilder winning this one on points. 

Sky analyst Johnny Nelson, the former WBO world cruiserweight champion, was talking to Simon Jones

 


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