Betting prediction: Tyson Fury to leave Deontay Wilder's career in tatters

Dillian Whyte has been installed as WBC's mandatory challenger and the winner of the contest must face him next, as long as the Brixton boxer overcomes Otto Wallin.

Tyson Fury will finally defend his WBC heavyweight title against Deontay Wilder this weekend in Las Vegas.

The pair fought in 2018 and 2020 - the first ending in a controversial split-draw while the second saw Fury destroy his American rival inside seven rounds.

A third meeting was expected before the global pandemic only for Wilder's rematch clause to expire, or so we thought. Fury and Anthony Joshua were in talks for an undisputed clash on August 29 but an arbitration court ruling blocked the bout and forced a trilogy clash between the "Gypsy King" and Wilder.

The question is, will anything be different to the rematch? According to Planet Sport Bet, no.

However, in the last six years, Fury has been more inactive than active and while he is not in unknown territory, we will see how motivated the Englishman is for the third installment.

There is no doubt he has Wilder's number but the pandemic has given an 20-month break for the "Bronze Bomber" to work on his wrongdoings.

Wilder fired Mark Breland as his trainer, hired Malik Scott and has blamed almost everyone and everything - except for himself - for his sole defeat in 2020.

Uploading clips of gym work, on the pads with Scott and shadowboxing in rivers, Wilder is keen to make people aware that this time round there will be a different beast in the ring.

The problem is, he is 34 years old and you can't teach an old dog new tricks.

Realistically, he has to be at his best and Fury needs to be under-par for him to claim a shock win. While he has been sharpening his tools, the only chance he has of winning is by producing a vintage knockout.

Wilder will need to be the aggressor from the start and try to catch Fury cold. The instructions from SugarHill Steward - Fury's cornerman - will be simple: weather the storm in the opening couple of rounds, use all of your weight to bully him and ruffle him up on the inside.

Tyson Fury defeated Deontay Wilder inside seven rounds in their 2020 rematch

The problem Wilder has is, Fury has the power to knock him out and also outbox him. It also seems obvious that Wilder is having an identity crisis, hence him wearing headphones throughout every press conference alongside Fury.

We saw a minor upset in Oleksandr Usyk defeating Joshua to become unified heavyweight champion but there won't be another defeat for a British fighter here.

Prediction: Fury TKO round 8.

Read more: Betting preview - Tyson Fury backed to repeat win over Deontay Wilder

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