By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
DEONTAY WILDER believes he will be facing a tougher test against Tyson Fury than if he was fighting Anthony Joshua.
The WBC heavyweight champion will be face-to-face with former WBO, IBO, WBA and IBF title holder Fury today at a London press conference ahead of their December 1 clash in LA.
But Wilder was locked in talks earlier this year to face British superstar Joshua, the current holder of the WBA, IBF and WBO straps, only for a deal to fail to materialise.
The American believes he is facing a better fighter in Fury though as he backed his rival to beat Joshua if they ever meet.
He said: “Fury beats Joshua on any given day. Why? Because of the awkwardness.
“When I consider Joshua he is too stiff, he is definitely robotic and he does not move his head.
“Fury is awkward, long, moves his body. If he don't win on knockout, I think he'd win on points.”
It was Wilder who prompted Fury’s comeback as when the Manchester-born fighter was in the midst of his mental health problems and almost 28st, the American called him out on social media.
Fury had blown up in weight following the collapse of his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko and was involved in a lengthy legal battle with UK Anti-Doping over a failed test.
But he saw Wilder’s message and vowed to come back - now they will face each other in a huge clash at LA’s Staples Center.
Wilder said: “I'm known to be a motivator. That's why whether you like it or not, people feel it.
“They feel what I say because I use so much passion when I speak. I speak from my heart.
“I didn't want to see him end his career like that. He just beat the champion – but we've still got to fight.
“I said 'how dare you not going to come back? I dare you to get back in shape – you're fat!' And it paid off.
“It's going to be a great story to tell – how he came back, fought the biggest fight of his career, and then got knocked out by the man who inspired the comeback.”
The intrigue surrounding the fight between Wilder and Fury is if the British star is ready to face an unbeaten champion so soon after close to three years out of the ring.
Fury has only faced limited opponents since his return – Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta – so is taking a huge step up against Wilder.
The American has no concerns about Fury being ready but did warn his rival that he only needs one shot to end the fight.
He said: “The thing about him being hard to hit, I'm awkward as well too.
“Somewhere between this madness and awkwardness, that is going to be displayed in the ring.
“There is going to be some angling, some position making, readjusting and there is going to be a point of time when me or him get the exact angles, exact position to the point where I see you and goodnight.
“He has to be perfect for the whole fight, I only have to be perfect for one second because I possess power.
“He possesses the intelligence of boxing, he has been around it since he was a baby, all his people did it.
“It is just a thing that God blesses us with but we can't have it all.
“Some of us want to have speed, some of us want to have power and some of us want to be able to move about the ring.
“You can't have it all, you are going to be good at one thing or another. I wish I had it all.”