Britain is enjoying a golden age in the sport of boxing. There are plenty of world champions (mind you, there are plenty of belts to be won) but not since 2007 has a boxer (Joe Calzaghe) been named the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Will that change this year?
Can Fury Get Wilder?
Tyson Fury is 12/1 (13.0) at SkyBet to win the 2019 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. His hopes of winning the award rest on whether he can beat Deontay Wilder and become WBC World Heavyweight Champion.
The first fight between the pair ended in a controversial draw. Fury claims he won the bout but if he’s to win the rematch has to cut out the showboating. Judges don’t give points to boxers who stick their tongue out and put their hands behind their back. If he is to win, Fury also has to avoid being knocked down by his heavy-hitting opponent. If he gets caught earlier in the fight, a stronger Wilder is more than likely to finish off the job.
Fury is 4/6 (1.66) at Betfred to win the rematch which is expected to take place this summer. Winning the title will see those odds tumble on him being named Sports Personality of the Year. You do have to bear in mind the fact Tyson Fury often speaks before he thinks. A few controversial comments might undo all the good work he does in the ring.
Joshua Needs a Big Fight
Anthony Joshua is 10/1 (11.0) favourite with SkyBet to win the award. The problem is a win over Jarrell Miller isn’t likely to win him many votes. But what next for him if he wins hat match?
The chances are there’d be a third Wilder v Fury fight if there’s more controversy in their return bout. That would leave Joshua with a likely rematch of his own against Dillian Whyte, again not a vote-catching match.
It might all change though if there’s a decisive winner in the Fury v Wilder rematch. Then the chances are of a unification match against Joshua in late 2019. That might as well be titled a final eliminator for the Sports Personality award too.