Predictions and Best Bets for the Fury vs. Wilder 3 Undercard
Predictions for the Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder 3 undercard? I got some for you.
I’ll also be providing the top picks for the other fights set to feature on the biggest heavyweight championship trilogy bout of the century.
Everyone’s so stoked about betting on the Fury vs. Wilder fight this Saturday that the supporting scraps haven’t really got much coverage, which is a shame really.
There are some solid boxing matches to bet on this weekend at Vegas before the big one. That means more opportunities to win money on the all-heavyweight card.
Let’s start with the odds for the Fury vs. Wilder 3 undercard before I get into the best bets for the night.
Frank Sanchez vs. Efe Ajagba
Efe Ajagba. You may remember him from such moments as “opponent leaves ring after one second of the fight,” and “fighter gets blasted unconscious from a one-two.”
But that’s about as far as the humor goes where the unbeaten Nigerian knockout artist goes. To some in the sport, he’s the real deal, and it’s just a matter of time before he joins the table of the top heavyweight boxers on the planet.
Ajagba (15-0, 12 KOs) takes on WBC Continental Americas and WBO-NABO heavyweight champion Frank Sanchez (18-0, 13 KOs) in the penultimate bout of the evening.
The undercard odds for Fury vs. Wilder 3 make Sanchez the moderate favorite in this one.
Granted, the resumes of both men aren’t sublime by any means.
Sanchez’s most renowned opponent to date is Nagy Aguilera. But that has more to do with the fact that the Dominican knocked out former WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev in an upset back in 2009.
He also has a win over former WBO interim Latino heavyweight titlist Victor Bisbal. But other than those wins, his record boasts little to speak of.
Ajagba’s best win to date was over Iago Kiladze, the former WBO Inter-Continental cruiserweight champion.
Frank Sanchez vs. Efe Ajagba Prediction
The first of my Fury vs. Wilder 3 predictions for the undercard is the toughest of them to call.
Ajagba has incredible power and has breezed through his opponents in his career so far. At 6’6″ and with an 85″ reach, he’s a specimen.
But against a boxer with a solid amateur pedigree and good fundamentals is a big test for him, despite having two inches in height and seven inches in reach over the Cuban. No heavyweight with 215 wins from 220 fights in the unpaid ranks can be underestimated.
FRANK SANCHEZ PUT HIM THROUGH THE ROPES ? pic.twitter.com/HeOBXVsjND— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) December 20, 2020
It’s a fascinating fight and one I’m 50/50 on. But a prediction for Ajagba vs. Sanchez is what you want, so I must make a choice.
With a gun to my head, I would have to back the better boxer in Sanchez. He’s smart enough to direct the fight in his favor and should be savvy enough to take a win on the cards or potentially score a late stoppage.
Remember, Sanchez has never been dropped. Ajagba has. He was dropped by Kiladze, who is nowhere near as powerful.
- Prediction: Sanchez by KO/TKO
- Best Bet: Fight to End Over 7.5 Rounds (-175)
Robert Helenius vs. Adam Kownacki 2
What a rematch this should be.
Finland-based, Swedish-born Robert Helenius (30-3, 19 KOs) stunned Adam Kownacki of Poland in March 2020 with a stunning 4th round stoppage.
That was the first defeat Kownacki suffered as a pro, and he will be gunning for revenge this Saturday in Vegas.
One of the best Fury vs. Wilder 3 undercard fights to bet on; the oddsmakers believe that the 6’7″ Finn will make it two from two in just his third fight in the United States.
At 37, Helenius doesn’t have a lot of time on his side. But having lost his US debut to Gerald Washington in 2019, this sense of urgency appears to be working out well for him. Beating the Brooklyn-based Pole again, who registered a win over Washington, could spearhead his last chance at a world title run.
Kownacki (20-1, 15 KOs) also has wins over former world champion Charles Martin, as well as Chris Arreola. Against the latter, the pair set a new record for punches thrown in a bout that resembled a video game.
Predictions for Helenius vs. Kownacki 2
There is bound to be a lot of betting interest in this fight.
Thus, I expect knowledgeable boxing bettors and fans to be keen on predictions for the Fury vs. Wilder undercard where the Europeans are concerned.
The betting odds for Helenius vs. Kownacki 2 favor the Pole to get his revenge. But I’m not sure that will be the case.
I mean, he is coming up against a bigger and better boxer for the second time. The psychological advantages, as well as those relating to boxing skills, are still with the Finn. The “sweet science” gurus behind our expert boxing betting strategy guide advise taking things like this into account.
The latter appears to be the more probable outcome in this WBA Gold heavyweight title bout.
One of the more popular boxing axioms out there is that a fighter who stops someone once will likely do so again. Although rather simplistic and a tad spurious in reasoning, I think it’s reasonable as far as this fight is concerned.
There is enough value in betting Helenius to win the fight. I wouldn’t completely rule out a decision win, so play it safe.
- Prediction: Helenius by KO/TKO
- Best Bet: Helenius to Win (+255)
Jared Anderson vs. Vladimir Tereshkin
The best fight on the Fury vs. Wilder 3 undercard? Probably not.
But if you are betting on the odds for Anderson vs. Tereskin, you should be aware that “The Real Big Baby” is one of the top heavyweight prospects in the world.
Needless to say, there will be plenty of eyes on the 21-year-old. 9-0 with nine straight stoppages, the 2017 and 2018 U.S National Championships gold medalist has moved seamlessly into the paid ranks. And while this fight should be a test, it’s one he’s expected to pass.
Under the watchful eye of Bob Arum at Top Rank, he’s going to get a lot of exposure for being on this card. If he can make a big impression, he will increase his fastly growing fanbase.
Tereshkin is 22-0-1 in the pros and fights for the first time since beating then 23-0 Francisco Silvens in Jamaica in November 2019.
That’s almost two years out of the ring for the Russian, who will come into what is already a big task with notable ring rust.
Anderson, who sparred Tyson Fury in the past, will be as fresh as a spring daisy.
Predictions for Anderson vs. Tereshkin
It’s clear to anyone with a brain that this guy has talent.
However, to someone with a knowledge of boxing, it’s just as obvious that Anderson is a work in progress. Although he moves extremely well for a heavyweight and has some sublime skills and discernible power, he does tend to leave himself open.
Tereshkin’s record might look good, but he’s fought no one of note. Although a tricky southpaw, he is rather clumsy and not defensively sound.
Anderson should make it 10-0 on the night with a late stoppage.
The odds for the Fury-Wilder 3 undercard have him as a monstrous favorite on the moneyline. So, for value, I’d suggest looking over the props for the KO/TKO or even group rounds.
- Prediction: Anderson by KO/TKO
- Best Bet: Anderson by KO/TKO (TBC)
More Predictions for the Fury vs. Wilder 3 Undercard
Here’s my Fury vs. Wilder 3 undercard predictions for the prelims portion of the night.
- Berlanga to Beat Coceres by KO/TKO
- Gonzalez to Beat Ramirez by Decision
- Williams to Beat Hernandez by Decision
- Vykhryst to Beat Marshall by KO/TKO
- Rodriguez to Beat Vasquez by Decision
- Cantu to Beat Carrington by Decision
The odds for the undercard fights for Fury vs. Wilder 3 were not available at the time of writing.
But you can always compare prices on the best apps for betting on boxing when they are available.
I’d say there are a good three to four fights on the prelims that are worth gambling on.
More Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder 3 Betting Tips
The undercard bouts for the Fury vs. Wilder trilogy feature a nice number of options for bettors.
But some of those fights wouldn’t make our recommended boxing bets. And for a good reason.
Thus, I would stay away from getting too experimental on the lower-end fights, with Cantu-Carrington being the perfect example. There’s simply not enough known about those two guys to risk placing wagers on.
Unlike the main event, of course.
We know a lot about Fury and Wilder to look for value on scenarios that are likely to play out. As the following preview of the top props for the main event explains, there are options to use such knowledge to your advantage.
Good luck with your bets!