Manchester legend Ricky Hatton, who has helped Tyson Fury with his comeback, feels confident that his fighter has the necessary skills to outbox and decision WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.
Hatton was working the corner last Saturday night in Belfast, when Fury dominated Francesco Pianeta over ten rounds of action.
This coming fall, likely on a date in November in Las Vegas, Fury will challenge Wilder for his title.
The bout with Pianeta was the second contest for Fury since making his return to boxing back in June of this year. Fury had been inactivce since November of 2015, when he shocked the sport with a twelve round unanimous decision over Wladimir Klitschko in Germany.
Hatton, a former two division world champion, says Wilder is not that good from a technical standpoint.
But Hatton admits that Wilder has that one equalizer - his big right hand, which has knocked out every opponent that he ever faced in the ring. Bermane Stiverne went twelve rounds with Wilder in 2015 - but Wilder demolished him in a single round in their 2017 rematch.
“It’s a great clash of styles we’ll see, Wilder that lives for the knockout and Tyson who lives to make you miss. Tyson will go 12-rounds all day. That’s his game,” Hatton said to IFL TV.
“Technically, Deontay Wilder isn’t that good, so will he be able to get his big punch in? I don’t know. When any heavyweight hits another heavyweight, that can be it. That straight right hand that Wilder has is absolutely murderous.
“Deontay Wilder only needs to hit that money shot once, but the stuff he does in order to get that right hand in is technically poor. Wilder will have to be a lot better technically if he wants to beat the best defensive heavyweight in history. My prediction is a Fury win on points.”