Undefeated vs unbeaten
It’s never easy to determine what single big factor gained tremendous interest and massive attention for Sunday’s world heavyweight championship showdown in Las Vegas.
Was it the thunder in Deontay Wilder’s hands, which caused a 42-0-1 record for a 95 percent knockout slate in his career? He has a total of 41 KOs.
He now lords it as WBC heavyweight king.
His opponent, Tyson Fury, is listed as the lineal heavyweight champion, with a 29-0-1 slate. Has 20 KOs.
Normally, it’s Wilder’s power that should be the biggest selling point.
The championship, experts predict, could however go either way, and unpredictability has clearly won the fight great attention and respect.
Anything can happen any moment.
Fury, not really a slugger but elusive and stylish, was downed in the ninth round during the first fight in December 2018.
That didn’t slow down the warrior called Gypsy King. Fury, in fact, popped back from a thudding fall in the 12th, caused by a right and left Wilder shot.
That would count as the most dramatic point in the 12-round championship, when Fury rose from the dead to collect a points verdict from one of the three judges. The second official saw Wilder winner by four points, while the third judge called in a draw.
It’s odd that it’s now Fury who has been vowing to take the bout out of the judges’ hands. There were earlier claims he would go for stoppage as early as the second round.
Fury also dumped his trainer Ben Davidson in favor of somebody more credible in producing knockouts.
Wilder laughed it off, crying his flamboyant foe got nothing but pillows, cotton power in his fists.
The traditional stare-down got scrapped after the combatants started to shove and push each other during the final press con.
Authorities said they did not want to degrade the event and the sport.
All told, there will be great expectations for a Wilder KO finish. He has a clean record of having stopped two former foes in a rematch.
Two unbeaten warriors of contrasting stock, capabilities and styles.
Can Fury survive the rematch?
For the record, Fury has noisily listed Wilder’s past foes as nothing but a load of former football players and straying bums.
Fury himself owns a sterling win over Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.
Here at home, majority of street fight fans love to predict a Wilder win. Manny Pacquiao himself has picked Wilder to finish off his colorful foe.
Nothing is sure though; in fact there have been talks of a trilogy, if both Wilder and Fury could stay unbeaten on Sunday.
Wilder and Fury have definitely brought life and light on Heavyweight Hill.
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