LAS VEGAS – Tyson Fury feels he has defeated Deontay Wilder twice, but he has never lost sight of his rival’s pulverizing power.
Fury fully acknowledged again Tuesday that Wilder’s renowned power will make the former WBC heavyweight champion dangerous throughout their third fight Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena. The undefeated Fury still promised to go after Wilder as soon as the opening bell rings, just as he did during their one-sided rematch 19 months ago.
“We’re just gonna get straight on him from the front, straight at him and start trading straight away, from round one,” Fury told Top Rank’s Crystina Poncher after his “grand arrival” at T-Mobile Arena. “You know, Wilder’s the biggest puncher in the history of our sport. But I’ve got the biggest balls in the history of our sport, as I proved many, many times. It’s gonna be exciting, you know? Wilder’s a dynamite puncher and as we’ve seen over the last few months, we’ve seen the heavyweight landscape change so much. But I’m still on form, I’m still doing what I’ve gotta do, and I’m the only undefeated world heavyweight champion left, the only one standing. Crazy!”
Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) will make the first defense of the WBC belt he won from Wilder when he stopped him in the seventh round of their second fight in February 2020 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. The Manchester, England, native is consistently listed as a 3-1 favorite versus Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs), who has won 93 percent of his professional bouts by knockout.
The 33-year-old Fury feels he has demoralized Wilder not only by dominating him in their rematch, but by getting up from two knockdowns in their first fight to make it to the final bell in December 2018 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
“You know, I’ve never experienced it because I’ve never actually, no one’s ever done that to me,” Fury said of suffering two knockdowns in their first fight, which resulted in a 12-round split draw. “But Wilder’s still thinking about what happened in 2018. ‘How the f--- did he get up in round 12, after being knocked out?’ It’s like, ‘You hit a guy with your best shot, you knock him out, he gets back up, gets back into you and then does exactly what he says he’s gonna do in the rematch and takes me out.’ ”
The third Fury-Wilder showdown will headline a joint pay-per-view venture between ESPN and FOX Sports. The four-fight show is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. EDT and costs $79.99 to view in HD.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.