Wilder-Fury rematch on as Joshua goes elsewhere

Ed Hawkins

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 7:23 PM UTC

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 7:23 PM UTC

American outsider to get the job done while champion Joshua could regret Miller deal

<p>Deontay Wilder has rated the chances of a rematch with Tyson Fury at “100 per cent”. So what percentage chance do the bookies give of Wilder beating Fury when they meet in a bout which has been pencilled in for late April or early May?</p><p>Well at 5/4 with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07">Ladbrokes</a> and Betfair it’s less than half that (44 per cent). Fury is 4/6 with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18">Bet365</a>, Ladbrokes and <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b">William Hill</a>. Another draw is 20/1 (Ladbrokes).</p><p>Fury’s stock has been on the rise despite being knocked down twice by Wilder when the two clashed in Los Angeles in December. Some analysts have argued that Fury should have been the winner instead of the judges making it a stalemate. We’re not sure that’s fair because, after all, Wilder had him eating canvas twice.</p><p>Indeed, the Briton has benefited from the second knockdown in the 12<sup>th</sup> when he made a Christ-like comeback. People seem to be judging him on the fact that he was able to get up from that punch. Instead it may be better to wonder what he was doing down there.</p><p>When you think of it like that it is easy reckon Wilder is the value. There may even have been a case of Wilder taking the Gypsy King a little lightly. After all, he hardly looks like the archetypal destroyer in this division.</p><p>There was a hint of that when Wilder spoke to confirm his belief the fight would go ahead.</p><p>“A lot of people doubted Fury because of the outside things going on in his life but he had six months of training, he showed up and gave a great performance,” he said.</p><p>“It was so controversial and everywhere I go it’s all that people are talking about and they want to see a rematch. I can’t see myself drawing with anyone - there has to be a winner. This is what people want and I’m so excited.”</p><p>Not everyone wants the rematch, though. Anthony Joshua, who wants to unify the belts, has been made to wait. Instead of fighters clamouring to get a date with him, they’re looking elsewhere which is a curious place to be in. The world heavyweight champion is the one who ordinarily calls the shots.</p><p>Instead, Joshua is expected to fight American Jarrell Miller in New York. He had planned an April 13 meet with Wilder, Fury or Dillian Whyte. Bet365 go 1/6 Joshua but the 9/2 (William Hill) about Miller might see some interest.</p><p>Joshua has been messed around and focus and training regime could all be a little off. Miller is far from easy, has an unbeaten record and absolutely no fear whatsoever. We’re calling this shock early.</p>
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