According to WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, there should be no excuses from either side in the upcoming fall showdown with Tyson Fury (27-0, 19 KOs).
For Fury, this past Saturday night in Belfast was only his second fight since November of 2015, when he shocked the world by defeating Wladimir Klitschko.
He stopped overmatched Sefer Sereri in June, in four rounds. And then over the weekend he dominated former world title challenger Francesco Pianeta over ten rounds.
There are some who believe Fury is nowhere near ready for a fight like Wilder - but there were many said the same thing when Fury face Klitschko - and Fury stunned everyone by traveling to Germany and handing Klitschko his first defeat in over ten years.
Wilder believes Fury is physically back to form and wants to hear no excuses when the fight is over.
“He’s well ready for it,” Wilder said. “He’s in perfect shape – probably the best shape of his life.
“If he’d never been a champion I’d have some concerns, but being a champion and knowing what it takes to beat a champion? No excuses. Being out for a long time? No excuses. Being out of shape? No excuses. People can always get back in shape. He still can fight."
Wilder is coming off the toughest win of his career in March of this year, when he overcame near disaster after getting hurt in the seventh round, to rally back by scoring two big knockdowns to put away Cuban puncher Luis Ortiz in the tenth round
“It’s just a different height. Ortiz is more experienced and been fighting just as long as Fury, if not longer. He’s definitely got way more amateur experience; the Cubans, that’s what they do. I’ve knocked out one guy and now I’m going for another. I’m not going to be denied," Wilder said.