Wilder vs Fury odds shift after Joe Rogan interview
After his well-publicized radio interview with MMA personality Joe Rogan last week, Tyson Fury has money pouring in for him.
Fury, of course, will face Deontay Wilder on December 1 for the WBC heavyweight title.
Following the Rogan interview, Oddschecker spokesperson Callum Wilson publicly stated: “We’ve seen plenty of action on the lineal heavyweight champion making his third excursion on his comeback trail this winter, with last night’s ground-breaking interview with Joe Rogan proving the catalyst for bets on Fury."
“The Gypsy King’s sincere and candid interview with Joe Rogan hasn’t just filled the press with countless material for coverage, it also appears to have resonated deeply with the punting public firmly in Fury’s favour.”
Since Fury's 90 minute talk with Rogan, 78 percent of subsequent betting has been in favor of the Brit. Eighteen percent have thus far picked Wilder and 4 percent have favored a draw.
Per oddsmaker.com, several bookies have reduced Fury from a 6/4 to 5/4 underdog, although two bookmakers are sticking with the original price.
Fury vs Wilder odds update
As of October 28, bookies bet365, Skybet and William Hill have Wilder as the favorite 8/13, 4/6 and 8/13, respectively. Fury is the underdog at 13/6, 6/4 and 11/8.
So, what did Fury say during the interview?
It was quite dramatic as the heavyweight discussed his drug problems and previous suicidal thoughts.
“I was in it on the highway and at the bottom, I got the car up to 190mph and heading towards a bridge," Fury told Rogan.
“I didn’t care about nothing, I just wanted to die so bad. I gave up on life but as I was heading to the bridge I heard a voice saying, ‘no don’t do this Tyson; think about your kids, your family, your sons and daughter growing up without a dad."
“Before i turned into the bridge I pulled on to the motorway, I didn’t know what to do, I was shaking, I was so afraid."
“I said I’d never think about taking my own life again.”
“I had never taken a drug until I was 27; cocaine was the usual one, cocaine and alcohol. I look back on it now and I think, ‘would I change that?’ But I wouldn’t, I wouldn’t change a thing because I knew it had to happen," Fury added.
“I hit the drink, I hit the drugs and I was out all night with the women of the night."
“I almost accepted that being an alcoholic was my fate but after praying for 10 minutes, I got up I felt the weight was lifted off my shoulders. For the first time in my life i thought I was going to be ok.”
Fury vs Wilder odds, certainly at this point, are quite interesting because Tyson is fresh off a 2 1/2 year layoff where he battled an addiction to cocaine and gained 100 or more pounds.
And on his comeback, he's easily defeated two made-to-order opponents but failed to impress.Meanwhile, Deontay Wilder (40-0, 39 KO) has knocked out every opponent he's faced, has been active in the ring, has the slightly better resume and boasts advantages in speed, explosiveness and athleticism.
Arguing the Fury vs Wilder odds
The betting line is perplexing as Wilder should be the 2 to 1 favorite. Even the 2015 version of Fury who defeated Wladimir Klitschko would have problems with today's version of Deontay Wilder.
Facing a skilled, sharp opponent like Wilder so soon and with obvious ring rust is a bold and ambitious move, and there would certainly be no shame in Fury losing.
Following such a lengthy layoff, it takes time for a fighter to fully regain his timing, rhythm, footwork, conditioning and the feeling of fighting live under the big lights and cameras. It's easy to spar in the gym, but fighting live on the big stage is a whole different animal that takes getting used to.
Rest-assured, the Fury who faces Wilder in December will be better than the version of Fury we saw against Pianeta. How much better remains to be seen.
"We're ready now. This fight will happen," he said, per ESPN.com's Dan Rafael. "This fight is on. The best fighting the best."