Time for a new podcast, hosted as always by Alden Chodash, who is joined by Michael Carbert to discuss, among other things, the big rematch between Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury, the rise of Ryan Garcia, the tantalizing prospect of a Teofimo Lopez vs Vasyl Lomachenko showdown, and the mysterious question of how a former lightweight champion managed to defeat a future light heavyweight champion. Plus, an exclusive interview with top trainer Derek Santos on how he thinks Wilder vs Fury is going to go down on Saturday. Check it out:
Deontay Wilder’s the kind of guy that you absolutely cannot afford to have mental lapses against, and what makes him even more dangerous in this rematch is that he has thirty-six minutes of Tyson Fury data to draw from. What allows Wilder to be so devastating late in a fight and in rematches is his ability to discern openings, plus the confidence to never stop believing in himself. But at the same time, he will need to improve on closing the gap on Fury, namely by using his jab more and targeting the body, while not smothering his attack as he often did in the first fight.
Overall, I think there is more upside for Wilder in the rematch than there is for Fury. Simply put, it’s hard to bet against a ticking time bomb in the prime of their career. That said, I expect Fury to take a slightly more aggressive posture than in their first fight and he may well outwork Wilder early, but ultimately I think Deontay will stop Tyson late. This may very well be facilitated by the scar tissue developed over Fury’s eye in his fight against Otto Wallin, for if that cut re-opens Fury may never see the one big punch that ends his night. Wilder by late round stoppage. — Alden Chodash