The big night is upon us! From the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, Deontay Wilder defends his WBC Heavyweight Championship against lineal Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. Undercard action includes the comeback bouts of former world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero and Heavyweight contender Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola. Arreola took part in the last Heavyweight championship bout that took place at Staples Center when he challenged Vitali Klitschko for the title. Will it be Wilder’s power and confidence or will the awkward and charismatic Fury redeem himself from personal troubles to reclaim the crown?
PUNCHLINE STAFF AND ASSOCIATES PICKS:
Kelly Pavlik- I’m going Wilder in 8th, but it’s gonna be a boring fight for awhile I think?
James Dominguez– Wilder 5th round KO.
Amy Green– My hope is Wilder by KO.
Simon Ruvalcaba– Wilder KO 10. I think he wears down a sluggish Fury who can’t find his timing and whose awkwardness does not work against the unorthodox angles of Wilder’s punches and in round 10 Wilder hurts and stops a valiant Fury who refuses to go down?
Damon Martinez– Wilder TKO or KO round 10.
Alicia Tayor- I’d like to see an upset from Fury…but I’m leaning with Wilder.
THE BETTING ODDS:
As of Friday evening was the slight favorite (courtesy of William Hill Sportsbooks) with recent money going for Fury. On the prop bets Wilder by decision or Fury by decision is the most likely to happen according to the odds. Wilder KO bets give him the best odds between rounds 4-8 coming in at 18 to 1 odds. Wilder KO round 1 is longest odds for the champ at 30 to 1. For Fury, the KO longshot stands at 100 to 1 on a 1st or 2nd round KO respectively, while his best KO odds are 50 to 1 for a stoppage between rounds 10 or 11.
Bottom line is the bout is likely to go the distance based on the odds and it’s still up in the air which way the decision goes?
About the Editor
Army Veteran and former Professional Boxer Simon Ruvalcaba started boxing at the age of ten and Had a 71 fight amateur career which featured a 139 lbs. 1998 8th U.S. Army Boxing Championship out of Camp Casey, Korea and a spot on the prestigious Army Boxing Team at Fort Hood, TX. After a journeyman pro career of 18 fights, which included sparring sessions with many champions and contenders including Julio Cesar Chavez and Pernell “Sweat Pea” Whitaker, Simon started writing and has contributed to many publications and websites including fighthype.com, pound4pound.com, Tahoe Daily Tribune (South Lake Tahoe, CA), Nevada Appeal (Carson City, NV) and also writes a monthly boxing column for Tahoeonstage.com. He has also been the Boxing Instructor for Ken Shamrock and The Lions Den and was UFC star Paige VanZant’s first boxing coach!
Born and Raised in South Lake Tahoe, California he now resides in Sun Valley, Nevada and spends as much time as possible with his Son Gabriel! Beyond boxing, Simon is an all around sports fanatic and is passionate about the teams that he roots for!