Tyson Fury described his upcoming rematch against American Deontay Wilder as the bigger fight of the last 50 years in the heavyweight division.
The pair on Feb 22, 2020 will face each other for WBC heavyweight title in Las Vegas; the previous meeting between the two was an unexpected draw and jurors were accused of rigging the Brit.
Wilder floored Fury twice in the last boxing contest and will now be billed to break Muhamad Ali’s record of 10 straight defenses in heavyweight division but the raging fury is waiting to rip American’s heart out and feed it to him.
“It’s Las Vegas. I want to put on a show,” the 31-year old pledged in front of reporters on Tuesday. “Wilder is not going to beat me. His power is not going hurt me. I want a knockout this time. I would prefer to go down swinging that outbox him and not get the decision. I am going to make it so that I’m in control and I take it out of anybody’s hands. I will step him up until he can’t go anymore, until he is going to quit or he is knocked out.”
In between their first meeting, which was shadowed by a controversial draw and the much-awaited rematch both Fury and Wilder have won their bouts twice. Humbling Luis Ortiz in Nov 2019 Wilder took his record to 42-0-1 and equaled Ali’s record of 10 title defenses in a row at the heavyweight division. But the undefeated Fury putting up 29-0-1 is unfazed by the hard-hitting heroics of Wilder.
“I look at Wilder and I don’t see a tough fight,” claimed the Gypsy King addressing a presser at the offices of promoter Top Rank. The Brit confidently added: “I’m going to give him his first los. That’s what I’m going to do to Deontay Wilder.”
Although Wilder knocked down the Fury twice when the two locked horns last time, Fury in the aftermath said that it was a comparatively easy fight for him. The boxer then stunned the boxing community when he decided to part ways with his former trainer Ben Davison as he brought in SugarHill Steward ahead of the highly anticipated dual to finish the unfinished.
The former trainer, Davison had been credited with helping the struggling Gypsy King to return to his best but the heavyweight giant thought a tactical switch was necessary if he was to get a more favorable result.
“I knew coming back to America that I couldn’t come on a whim again and get a fair decision,” he said. “Deontay Wilder is the only heavyweight champion America has had in a long time and he is the longest reigning since Muhammad Ali and they don’t want to let him go. Let’s not make any mistakes here, Deontay Wilder has fought 35 stiffs. Honestly, over here in America they call his level of opposition ‘tomato cans.’ If you are fighting and knocking out real opposition that would impress me, but I look at his resume and he has fought a few former football players, a few has-beens and a load of bums.”