Professional boxer Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury joined Brian Mitchell and Scott Linn to preview his heavyweight rematch against Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder on February 22nd on Pay-per-view. Their first match, which was December 1st 2018, ended in controversy as the judges ruled it a draw. Entering their rematch, Fury comes in with a 29-0-1 record with 20 knockouts, and Wilder comes in with a 42-0-1 record with 41 knockouts. Here is what “The Gypsy King” Fury had to say about the rematch:
On if he changed his preparation at all for this rematch:
“We trained different from the last fight. We trained more aggressively, we are looking for a knockout in this fight, thats for sure. Last time, I outboxed him clearly and we got a draw so this time we are going to go about it in a completely different manner and we are looking for a quick knockout.”
On the controversial draw in the first match vs. Wilder:
“The fact of the matter is we can’t change [the outcome of the first fight] because it’s in the past. We can only right the wrongs on February 22nd. That’s why it’s an interesting fight, because Deontay Wilder knows that he was outboxed last time and he got away lucky. So this time, he’s going to have to change his whole outlook on the fight as well. That’s why it’s going to be an interesting fight, because [Wilder] knows he needs a knockout to defeat me, and I know I need a knockout to get a victory as well. So that’s why it’s going to be an early night. People are going to be seeing a great fight and then are going to be able to go out and have a great night out afterwards as well.”
On watching film for a rematch:
“There’s been a lot of work gone into this fight the last 10 weeks, we’ve been in training camp in Las Vegas. It’s been tough, it’s been mentally and physically challenging over the last 10 weeks. We looked at the [first] fight many many times. I watched the [first] fight maybe a hundred times. Like I said, I think [Wilder] is going to have a totally different game-plan, as will I, so I don’t think there’s much point in looking at the last fight. We’ve both been in the ring and we both know how the other guy moves, we both know each others strengths and weaknesses. The difference in this fight will be whoever has the best game-plan will win the fight.”
What is Deontay Wilder’s biggest strength?
“Deontay Wilder’s biggest asset is his big right hand. He’s knocked out 42 or 43 opponents with that big right hand. So yeah, that’s a real dangerous weapon he has. That’s what I’ve got to watch out for in the fight is his right hand is deadly.”
What are some of Deontay Wilder’s weaknesses?
“One thing to exploit is [Wilder’s] lazy jabs. Other things to exploit is the fact that in the first fight I was 90 percent boxing the whole time and not putting so much pressure on him. This time Im going to pressure him from round one. I’m going to be looking to put him on his back foot immediately. So there’s two weaknesses I see with Deontay Wilder. To get in front of somebody with that power leaves you in their range to get knocked out, so it’s going to be pretty difficult to negate that right hand, but I’ve got a little plan for it. And if it goes to plan, it’ll be a fine victory.”
On how he expects the fight to end:
“I think it’s going to be early either way. I think it’s either going to be me or him, and it’s going to be either way early, because I don’t want it to be a long night.”
“I’m going to take it out of the judges hands and take our own destinies in our own hands. So I wish Deontay Wilder all the best luck in his training camp, and I hope he brings his A game, because he’s going to need it for sure.”