By Max Schramm: Chris Arreola is picking former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder to defeat unbeaten Tyson Fury in their trilogy match less than two months from now, on October 9th, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The former three-time world title challenger Arreola feels that Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) has more hunger than WBC champ Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) after having his backside handed to him last year in their fight in February 2020.
Arreola states that Fury humbled Wilder by knocking him out in the seventh round and giving him a bad beating. After a loss like that, Wilder is working harder to improve just enough to overcome Fury’s advantage in boxing skills and to defeat him.
With new trainer Malik Scott, Wilder has been harder than ever to change his fighting style to ensure that Fury doesn’t get the better of him again.
Fury wouldn’t let Wilder throw his big fight hands in their last fight, so he spent most of the contest walking him down, hitting him with clubbing shots to the back of the head.
Those are called ‘rabbit punches,’ and they’re supposed to be illegal in boxing. Unfortunately, many referees don’t police those punches like they do the far less dangerous low blows.
Wilder has the hunger
“It’s kind of hard to show a new dog new tricks,” said Chris Arreola to Fighthype on whether Wilder can improve enough to defeat Fury in their trilogy match.
“That being said, it’s the hunger that he has. He [Wilder] probably didn’t train for that one fight. He half-a** train, but now you can see he’s working f*** hard.
“When you get humbled. You got to figure that s*** out to get that lion out of you again. So, I guarantee he’s working his a** off, and I guarantee that Malik Scott is making big dividends in his career right now.
“As [Marvin] Hagler said, it’s hard to get out of bed when you have silk sheets. Sometimes you don’t want to run; you’re not going to run. F*** it, I’m staying my a** home.
“One thing about Wilder is his best power is his snap at the end of the punch.
“If he’s right here [Arreola motions his hand in close], all throw all day. But with that uppercut, if he gets that snap out, it’s good night. At the end of the punch, Wilder is a dangerous mother-f***,” Arreola said.
Wilder needs good sparring partners who can copy Fury’s fighting style, as it’s not going to help him win if he’s spending most of his time working out on the mitts.
Wilder has got to be able to stop Fury from walking him down and using roughhouse tactics the entire fight. If Fury can hit Wilder with rabbit punches without the worry of being disqualified, it’ll be a race against time for the Bronze Bomber.
If Wilder can’t knock Fury out early, he’s going to get hurt by a rabbit shot and wind up like he did last time, losing his legs early after getting clipped to the back of the head and having no power or balance afterward.
Deontay has more to prove
“Wilder, hands down,” said Arreola when asked who has more pressure on him, Wilder or Fury? “The first fight could have gone either way.
“If he [Wilder] didn’t knock him down, you could have said that Fury won that fight easily. In the second fight, he [Wilder] got his b*** kicked. He got his s*** handed to him,” said Arreola.
“Wilder has the most to prove, and Wilder has the bigger chip in his shoulder because Fury gave it to him.
“I’m taking Wilder; I’m honestly taking Wilder,” said Arreola in picking Wilder to beat Fury.
“By any means necessary. If it’s by knockout or disqualification, whatever it is. Wilder is winning that fight, man,” said Arreola.
Wilder has everything to prove in this third fight, as he’s already viewed as having been exposed by Fury. If Wilder loses this fight by knockout again, his career will likely be over.