Boxing’s heavyweight division has a few select fighters that can call themselves the best within the division. The trio of Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury have been jawing at who the complete heavyweight is for years. On February 22, Wilder and Fury will face off once again to determine who the best between the two is.
Wilder (42-0-1), the man with 41 wins via knockout, believes the hype surrounding himself. One punch has managed to take out almost every opponent put in his path. His hope is to defeat Fury for the second time and move on to face Joshua. If he were to win both fights, his status will have grown to a level that makes him extraordinary.
It is something he has planned on for a long time.
“When I leave boxing, I will be known as the one that was the best ever in the heavyweight division, if not in boxing, period. That’s my goal,” said Wilder, via BoxingScene. “When I retire, people are going to be upset, because they’re going to want to see more. I try to provide them with a lot of things while I’m here. That’s why I say, ‘give me my roses now. Love me now.’ Because I am the best to have ever done this. I am the hardest hitting puncher in boxing history.”
The last time he fought Fury (29-0-1), Wilder knocked him out twice. The ninth round saw a vicious side of Wilder before he hit Fury with two big hooks that brought the lineal champion down. Fury miraculously recovered and stood up, unbothered. The fight ended up as a draw, and is written in the history books.
A few weeks ago, Fury stated the two of them are nothing alike. He also said he expects a second-round knockout to win the fight. Wilder has some form of respect for Fury, if only because a win against him will bring him up to the top. The rematch is a legacy fight for Wilder.
“This fight will only add to my legacy. I consider Fury one of the best of the division. It’s going to be amazing to knock him out and put him on my resume,” Wilder went on to say. “There is no other fighter than him I’d rather face at this moment in time, and he accepted the challenge. I’m happy to be in this position right now.”
When asked how much longer Wilder has in the sport, the WBC Heavyweight Champion stated he has six more years to give. While a rematch is on the table, Wilder believes the two will move on when the bout ends.
The rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury for the WBC, The Ring and lineal Heavyweight Titles takes place inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.