Fury Predicts Second-Round KO of Wilder
Tyson Fury admits he had trouble putting Deontay Wilder away in their original encounter, but he feels that won’t be the case in their rematch.
Wilder and Fury battled to a split draw in their first fight in December 2018. Fury was in control for most of the fight, but a pair of knockdowns — including one that saw him miraculously get up after a vicious knockdown by Wilder in the 12th and final round — prevented him from claiming the WBC heavyweight championship.
The fight was not only the third Fury had that year, but it was his third since claiming the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles from Wladimir Klitschko in upset fashion in November 2015. Fury never defended the belts, as he spent over two years away from boxing while dealing with depression, cocaine and alcohol abuse and suicidal thoughts — a time in which Fury weighed about 400 pounds.
With Fury still on the comeback trail at that point, Fury says he didn’t have the energy to finish Wilder.
“I never had the gas to put my foot on the floor to finish him,” Fury said. “I never had the energy and stamina. I was out of the ring for a long time. I just never had the core fitness. That was it. I don’t need to tell lies. That’s the truth.”
Fury says, however, that he will be an even tougher task for Wilder than the first time and things will end with him hoisting the WBC heavyweight championship — after, Fury says, he knocks out Wilder in the second.
“I don’t need to [improve my punching power]. I just need to embrace it,” Fury said. “Like love. You need to embrace. Thinking I won the fight by outboxing him is not enough. I need to know I won the fight. I need to end him. I need to end the fight. That’s it. I know that I need to get the knockout here. That’s for sure.
“I’m going into this fight knowing that I can’t win a boxing decision. So I have to knock him out. What’s fair is fair. As long as you know the devil that you’re working with, then you can prepare. When you don’t know the devil that you’re working with, you’re susceptible for things to happen. You’re not expecting it.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene