Tyson Fury has been known as the Gypsy King for nearly his entire career, now the former unified world heavyweight champion has a new nickname, “Pillow Fists.”
Fury was accused on Saturday to having “pillows as fists” by his February 22nd opponent, WBC world heavyweight champion during a press conference hyping their rematch.
When asked of Fury’s strategy to drop him inside of two rounds, the WBC world heavyweight champion was quite confused.
“Their strategy? I don’t know how to take it. Are they trying to throw me off my game,” Wilder said on the FOX lot in Los Angeles (transcribed by Sky Sports).
“I don’t know what he will do. He’s crazy, man. If he believes in it, I must take his word for it. But it’s different when you step in the ring. I’m the biggest puncher in boxing history.”
“I don’t think so. We haven’t seen that displayed. I didn’t feel [his power], the defending champion said of Fury, who hit the canvas twice against Wilder in December 2018.
“I think Tyson has pillows as fists. He has skill but you can’t have it all.
“Of course, it would play into my game-plan [if Fury aimed for a two-round knockout win] because when you come forward, you give me more momentum to land a shot.”
Fury interrupted: “If I put my chin in front of him and said: ‘KO me please, Deontay’. I’m hardly going to do that. I’ve got to back him up, put him on the back foot.”
“I stand by that wholeheartedly,” Fury said of his two-round pledge. “In the first fight I used my boxing skills and it didn’t work. I didn’t win. I’m about winning.”
“We’re giant heavyweights and I’ve had 20 knockouts in 29 victories. I’m very capable of knocking people out. When you underestimate someone’s power, you come unstuck. He is a much bigger one-punch knockout artist than me. But nobody can match me with heart and determination. I will put my iron will on Wilder.”
“I’m not afraid to go mano a mano with the biggest puncher in heavyweight boxing,” Fury said complementing Wilder. “It doesn’t matter if you win 11 and a half rounds against Wilder with 30 seconds left because he can KO anybody.”
“I am blessed with power,” Wilder said to the only man he has not been able to get down and stay down. “It’s his job to stay away. Thirty-six minutes he has to avoid me.”