Tyson Fury enters WBC heavyweight title fight vs. Deontay Wilder as heavy betting favorite

After weighing 238 and 277 lbs, respectively, Deontay Wilder & Tyson Fury exchange glances. (1:58).
Tyson Fury is this time the favorite, and it's a big one.

Caesars Sportsbook has Fury as a -280 favourite over Deontay wilder in their WBC heavyweight title fight. Wilder is the +230 underdog for Saturday’s fight in Las Vegas (9:00 p.m.). ET, ESPN+PPV

This is Fury's third heavyweight match and the first time that Fury has been the favorite. Wilder was the favorite at the 2018 meeting, which ended in a draw. Fury won the 2020 rematch by TKO in round 7.

Nearly 80% of money wagered at Caesars Sportsbook on Saturday was for Fury. This was highlighted by a $265,000 wager on Fury at -265 odds.

Other sportsbooks have seen different action. BetMGM reported Saturday that Wilder was the target of 64.6%. The SuperBook reported that it placed a $10,000 wager on Wilder at +250. Circa Sports also reported that they took some early actions on the underdog.

"Overall, there is definitely more action," Nick Kalikas (risk supervisor at Circa Sports), told ESPN on Friday. "We saw a lot more straight bets on Wilder before. As we get closer to the fight, there's an increase in action both ways. As of late, we saw some intense action and some max bets on Tyson Fury."

According to OddsChecker.com which tracks betting markets worldwide and in the United States, the betting action at UK sportsbooks -- Fury's home -- was evenly split.