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Fury and Wilder go head-to-head in Los Angeles.

Billy Joe Saunders bets £70k on Tyson Fury to beat Deontay Wilder

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Tyson Fury's heavyweight bout with Deontay Wilder will have had money placed on it ahead of their Los Angeles showdown, but many punters will not have put £70,000 on a Fury win - but Billy Joe Saunders has done just that.

The ex-middleweight champion Saunders placed two bets of £50,000 and £20,000 on Fury to triumph in Los Angeles in the highly-anticipated fight against American Wilder.

Saunders, who was forced to give up his WBO belt after failing a drugs test in August, clearly isn't short of money, revealing the flutter that he placed on in a chain of Ladbrokes to his followers on Instagram.

The 29-year-old Hertfordshire-native received odds of 11/8 for the bet, where he will collect £166, 250 should Fury shock the world and claim the WBC heavyweight title.

Meanwhile, Fury has received backing from the likes of former heavyweight champions Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield.

Tyson said: "Although Wilder's punch is strong, nothing can compare to the mental strength Fury has shown both in and out of the ring.

"It'll be a close call, but I think Fury's got a true fighting chance."

Holyfield added: "History’s only undisputed king at cruiserweight and heavyweight — said: "It's a great fight. Fury's got a lot of skills, he's awkward and he has long arms.

"He has good reflexes and is a strong counter-puncher."

Meanwhile, Mancunian Fury wants to do something good with his funds from the bout, and revealed that he is planning to donate to the homeless in the United Kingdom.

"When I go home I'm going to build some homes for the homeless and set up some funds for drug addicts and alcoholics," said 30-year-old Fury.

"I was always going to do it but being here (in California) gives me that extra push to go and do it even more.

"It has really opened my eyes to a lot of things and I'm leaving as a better person," said Fury, who has been based in California for over two months."

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Billy Joe Saunders
Deontay Wilder
Tyson Fury
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