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Deontay Wilder the shortcut as Tyson Fury opts for a one-off gamble | Kevin Mitchell

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Former champion eschews Eddie Hearn’s slow route back to top in favour of quick shot at a Vegas jackpot

In less than three months Tyson Fury will attempt the most audacious grab at glory by a British heavyweight since Frank Bruno challenged Mike Tyson nearly three decades ago. While the odds are that Deontay Wilder will do to Fury in Las Vegas on 17 November what Tyson did to Bruno in the desert city on 25 February 1989, the unbeaten Mancunian magician has time and again frustrated the bookmakers, not to mention all of his 27 opponents.

Fury already has a victory of sorts in his quest. After two comeback wins against opponents as ambitious as cats in a dog fight, he has convinced his supporters, BT Sport and Showtime, that he is worth a pay-per-view shot at the WBC champion. As he sees it, he is taking the challenge that Anthony Joshua has spurned. A lot of people believe in him, partly because he is a superb salesman, but also because he has shown dedication to his craft that was missing even when he became a world champion.

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