Fury: Beating Wilder ‘Cements Me As The Best Of My Era’

The lineal heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury considers himself one of the best boxing has to offer. When he faces Deontay Wilder in a rematch of their December 2018 bout, he will look to prove once and for all he is the only heavyweight that should be talked about.

When the two fought to a split decision draw, it wasn’t without its surprises. Fury (29-0-1) was able to tire the taller Wilder (42-0-1), even hurting him. Not capitalizing on the situation is something Fury will be working on next time around. A leaner Fury is ready to take on the WBC Heavyweight Champion inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on February 22.

“The biggest mistake I made last time was not making him pay when he was hurt,” Fury stated during a media conference call. “I didn’t know what I had in the tank last time. I’d never done 12 rounds {in my comeback}. It’s a long time. This time, I know I can do the distance and we’re not getting hurt. I’ll throw everything but the kitchen sink at him and he won’t know what hit him.”

Throughout his career, Fury has fought a number of dangerous fighters. He has beaten Dereck Chisora, Steve Cunningham, Christian Hammer and Wladimir Klitschko. The Klitschko fight cemented him as the lineal champion, a fight he believes is the best of his career. Fury believes that Wilder is not the same caliber of a fighter as Klitschko, even with the experience “The Bronze Bomber” has.

“So he’s got a lot of experience,” Fury continued. “He’s got over 40 professional fights. If he doesn’t know about boxing now at 34 years old, he’s not going to know it. I thought his boxing IQ was okay, but it wasn’t up there with the likes of someone like Wladimir Klitschko. But he was decent. He’s always looking dangerous. He always looks imposing and dangerous, so you can never write somebody off like that. That’s for sure.”

During the first fight, Wilder was able to knock down Fury twice. The twelfth round saw a huge hook by Wilder that would have put any ordinary man down until next year. Fury, however, rose like The Undertaker and continued the fight. Wilder has 41 wins via knockout, each more dangerous than the last. The lineal champion can’t really say he is the hardest puncher in boxing today.

“You know I’ve felt the power. Ain’t so bad. Ain’t so bad. He can’t be the biggest puncher in history because he couldn’t knock the Gypsy King out, could he? I took his best shot flush on the chin and I got back up,” Fury went on to say. “He punches hard, but I’ve never been hit by the likes of someone like Earnie Shavers. I didn’t get hit by George Foreman. I didn’t get hit by Rocky Marciano or any of those top guys. I didn’t get hit by them, so I can’t comment. So to say it’s the biggest punch in history, I’m not really sure because I didn’t get hit by all the guys in history. But, you know, I don’t think he punches harder than Wladimir Klitschko. Wladimir has a massive knockout punch and won a lot more fights than Wilder has. Make no mistake, all heavyweights punch hard and we can all knock anybody out. Wilder, I don’t think it’s so much his power. It’s the speed it lands at, which can be tricky when you don’t see it coming.”

If he can beat Wilder, Fury is one step closer to facing Matchroom Boxing’s Anthony Joshua. After that? Fury has been open about a potential retirement tour with the end of his ESPN deal coming up. While he doesn’t quite care for the overall aspect of his career, he understands how big this fight is for him. To beat Wilder would just prove what Fury has always said about himself.

“I’m not really too concerned about the legacy,” said Fury. “I’ve done what I’ve done, and when I’m finished with boxing, I don’t care about the legacy at all. The fact of the matter is I care about being active and I care about what’s happening now. So yeah, I think the Wilder fight cements me. Winning this fight cements me as the best of my era. No more to prove. Everyone else has been defeated, and there was only me and Deontay Wilder left after 12 years as professionals. It’s all on the line for this fight. I think it’s a massive must for me. It’s a massive must to win.”

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