Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder: Mouthwatering bout could be months away
There are strong rumours in the industry that Fury v Wilder is close to being confirmed and could take place this year. Frankie Monkhouse has an early look at the odds on what would be a thrilling fight...
"Fury has been chalked up as a marginal second favourite but there’s nothing in it at this early stage with 10/11 available on the Betfair Sportsbook."
No matter which side of the ropes he stands, heavyweight Tyson Fury causes excitement. This week, the former world champion, who is undefeated in 26 professional contests, told fans that his team are in advanced talks with WBC king Deontay Wilder's handlers about a 2018 clash.
The news whipped boxing lovers into a frenzy, especially when Fury's manager Frank Warren assured us he was 'pretty sure' he could make the bout happen and it could come as early as November or December of this year.
For the love of Britain and boxing
With suggestions in the industry that Anthony Joshua wasn't keen on sharing a canvas with The Bronze Bomber, Fury was quick to take advantage saying he's eager to step up to the challenge and save the reputation of British boxing.
Betfair traders wasted no time in making their opinions known, putting together a book on the winner of this potential blockbuster.
Fury confident he's ready for the big fights
Fury has fought only once since dethroning long-time champ Wladimir Klitchko in Germany almost three years ago. In June, Fury fought out an uninspiring stoppage win over Macedonian Sefer Seferi who failed to last four rounds before being pulled by referee Phil Edwards at the Manchester Arena.
That bout was little more than a chance for the self-styled Gypsy King to blow off the cobwebs and show fans he's serious about making a return to the top of the division. Many were glad to have him back but it was widely reported that a major fight was still some way off.
Fury appears to be in a rush, however, and after having their fingers burnt when he upset the odds to beat Wladimir on points with ease - boxing with hands behind his back at one stage - odds compilers aren't about to make the same mistake again.
The betting can't split them
Fury has been chalked up as a marginal second favourite but there's nothing in it at this early stage with 10/11 available on the Betfair Sportsbook against the 5/6 of Wilder, 33/1 the draw.
From a boxing fan's point of view it's surprising to see the odds so close for a bout pitting a fighter who's coming out of an extended period of inactivity against a man with a 40-0-0 record and jaw-dropping - or should that be jaw-smashing - 98% KO average.
Looking at it from a betting perspective, however, the odds make perfect sense. A Fury win will be extremely popular with UK and Irish punters, especially casual followers of the noble art. When the fight is confirmed there's expected to be a flood of support for the Englishman and that should see his price shorten as the year goes on.
There are no certainties with this one, and we're still not even sure it'll get the green light, but one thing can be believed - we're set for a thrilling few months.