Tyson Fury calls Deontay Wilder 'weak' as row erupts at press conference
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Fury’s preparation for the defence of his WBC title has been chaotic, after the original summer fight date was scrapped when the boxer contracted COVID-19. He then had to rush home to the UK to be with his wife Paris when she went into labour with the couple’s sixth child, Athena, who spent several days in intensive care. Fury, who is Ring Magazine’s lineal champion, is still the favourite in the bout against The Bronze Bomber and has poked fun at suggestions he is not ready to reclaim his belt.
He said: “Am I 100 percent? I’m a million percent.
“Look at me, I’m in fantastic shape ‒ I’m as fit as a fiddle.
“I’m ready today, tomorrow and forever ‒ I’ll always be ready and I’ll never make excuses, because that’s not me.”
The boxer’s dad, John Fury was also typically confident about Tyson’s chances, and stressed that his son will “retire” Wilder, who is notorious for having boxing’s most powerful punch.
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John Fury told Fight Hub TV: “Tyson’s a great finisher these days.
“He’s not going for a points decision ‒ he knows it’s not possible in America.
“Tyson is going for the knockout in an explosive fashion ‒ that’s what he’s trained to do. “
He added: “The way I see it, the result will be the same but he gets a worse beating this time than he got before and that will be the end of Deontay Wilder.
“Retirement stage for him ‒ he will be too badly damaged because Tyson has been training to hurt him, and hurt him badly, and I mean that in the nicest possible way I can.”
In the heavyweights’ previous February 2020 fight Fury knocked out Wilder in the seventh round to complete one of the most remarkable comebacks in sporting history.
In December 2015, the boxer was stripped of his WBA, WBO and IBF titles and quit boxing amid a public battle with mental health that resulted in addiction and extreme weight gain.
However the Mancunian defied droves of doubters by returning to the sport and getting a split-draw decision with Wilder in December 2018.
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The pair’s second fight just over a year later saw Fury audaciously vow to knock Wilder out, despite the Arizona native having not been dropped in a decade.
Fury applied pressure from the opening bell, dropped The Bronze Bomber in the third round and again in the fifth.
By the seventh round Wilder’s corner threw in the towel, after blood was seeping from the US boxer’s ear.
On his son’s mentality, John Fury said: “He knows and believes he’s the best heavyweight out there for a country mile.
“He does believe that he can beat these men two at a time and three times on a Sunday.
“With a mindset like that you’re going to take some shifting off your spot aren’t you.”
Wilder also threatened to knock Tyson Fury out and has called this weekend fight a “defining moment for me and my career”.
He told Sky Sports: “I had a lot of feeling leading up to my last outing and we are looking forward to retaliation. Retribution is upon us.
“The goal is always to knock him out ‒ I don’t go in just to win.
“But I’m not going to set my mind on just going in to knock him out.
“Sometimes when I do that and focus on one thing it overclouds my mind to the point where I can’t think.”
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