British boxer Tyson Fury has promised to knock out Deontay Wilder amid fears judges in America will cheat him when he faces the American in Los Angeles in their February 22 rematch.
Wilder, the reigning WBC champion came face to face with Fury, who is also unbeaten during a press conference in Los Angeles on Tuesday morning and both fighters promised to knock out each other.
Wilder is particularly known as a knock out specialist, with his powerful right hand always sending opponents into concussion. Since the 2018 December draw between Wilder and Fury, Wilder has emphatically knocked out Dominic Breazeale and Luis Ortiz. While Fury, not much of a knock out puncher has stopped Tom Schwarz and outpointed Otto Wallin.
Fury, wary of letting the fight be decided by American judges since he is British has replaced his former trainer Ben Davison with Sugarhill Steward for next month’s fight, and warned Wilder he wants to knock him out :
“I’m looking for the knockout. It’s clear I won’t get a decision in the United States.’ Wilder said to press men gathered in Los Angeles.
”That’s why I’ve employed the Kronk trainer who specialises in sitting down on the right hand. Look at all the Kronk fighters, Wladimir Klitschko even, they look for the big right hand.”
”I’m looking for the big right hand to nail Wilder. Goodnight. I’m looking for the knockout. If I wasn’t, I would have kept Ben Davison. I’m sick of points decisions, I’ve had plenty, but I’m looking to knock him out.”
“I’m not looking for herky-jerky. I want him to meet me dead-centre of the ring, let’s have a slug-fest. Best man stands, loser goes down. I’ve got 20 knockouts in 29 wins. He knows he was rocked two or three times in the first fight but I never had the gas to finish him.
“I want to meet him mano a mano. I won’t run. You won’t have to look for me. You’re going down in two rounds. Two! He’s getting knocked out in two rounds. Laugh about it now but when you’re on your back, looking up at me?
“If I’m stupid enough to get hit by that stupid right hand then I deserve to get knocked out. He knows he’s not messing with a quitter. To beat Tyson Fury you have to nail him to the canvas and if he can’t do that, I’ll eat him up.
“The consensus is that either he knocks me out, or I win on points. Usually when people have that opinion it goes the other way around.”
“He’s got a puncher’s chance. He barely landed it last time. He’s got out of jail with his right hand a couple of times. It ain’t luck, but this time I won’t be there. I will be super slippery like a goldfish in a fishbowl.
“Best puncher in history? Longest reigning champion ever? When I face facts, when I beat him, it’s just another bum with a pair of gloves on, another man on the street as the Tyson Fury roadshow continues.”
Wilder responding to Fury said: “We had two warm-ups – mine were more dangerous, he kept it safe in the playground. I went to the mountain top. Two different fighters.
“One just wants to survive. Me? I’m building for legacy. He has no belt except for the one that holds his pants up.
“That lineal stuff ends on February 22. He needs validation, motivation to feel like he beat me, when he knows that he didn’t.
“Why so many trainers? He rotates trainer like he does his draws! I’ve got the same people – you don’t see me firing nobody, or taking anyone on.
“When you have power, there’s no way around it. You can’t prepare for it. I gave this man a concussion the first time, he doesn’t know how he went down or how he got up.
“This is unfinished business that I will finish. I will knock him out. I’m the king of the jungle. I’ll rip his head off. I’ll knock him through the ropes.”