Boxing Clever: Tyson Fury is gambling big in Las Vegas but it could pay off

Tyson Fury would be taking a big gamble to go for a knockout in Las Vegas.

If the Gypsy King is true to his word then it would be rolling of the dice in the city famous for big betting if he was to put it on Deontay Wilder.

But the return would be huge.

It would make a third fight with WBC heavyweight champion Wilder – which is already agreed – a mammoth event if the American fancied the trilogy.

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But then the clamour and – more importantly – the cash for an undisputed fight with IBF, WBO and WBA champion Anthony Joshua would be astronomical if Wilder opted out.

All the oil money in the Middle East might not be enough.

Fury, 31, has hoodwinked us plenty of times before so nobody except those within his inner sanctum will truly know what he will do in his rematch with Wilder.

To think he would go gung-ho against the self-proclaimed hardest hitter in heavyweight history would be taking the Brit too true to his word.

But there is definitely method in the madness to put the man who has stopped 41 of his 42 victims on the back foot.

Why? Because Wilder chasing down an opponent allows the 6ft 7in Alabama man to get the space he needs to fully extend the right hand which has the heavyweight division cowering.

Pushing Wilder back and smothering his work could be a tactic to help avoid the right hand which floored Fury twice in the first meeting 14 months ago.

It would be extremely dangerous in the moments he is closing the space to get into position to be on Wilder's chest.

And it could be catastrophic for his career if he gets caught coming in.

While it would also be ignorant to Wilder's ability to just assume he can't step back to find the space to get the huge right lever extended.

The surprise has come from Fury's claim to attack as he is a renowned counter-puncher with fast hands and feet for a heavyweight which mean his attributes make it a better idea to out-box Wilder.

But if Fury went for it and knocked out Wilder then it would send shockwaves around boxing.

It would also make for a classic fight that could better the first one in Los Angeles.

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Las Vegas is the city where all is not as it seems up and down the famous Strip.

So don't be shocked if Fury is joining in by tricking us with his pre-fight talk and goes with the same tactics from the first bout.

But if he is being honest then get ready for a thriller.

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