Tyson Fury (29-0-1, 20 KOs) says he’s not worried about his rematch with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KOs) on February 22, and he’s going into it confident of winning. Wilder thinks otherwise.
Deontay sees a scared, shaking Fury, who has dumped his trainer, and is putting on a ton of muscle weight in hopes to try and calm his nerves. Fury’s decision to sweep out his old trainer Ben Davison is a clear sign to Wilder that he’s a nervous wreck going into their rematch.
“When he’s on the floor, it’ll be worse for him than it will for me,” said Fury to Behind The Gloves about Wilder. “Yeah, I’m very nervous. I’m shaking. Every night I go to bed thinking about it. One days closer, and I’m anxious. Yeah, that’s exactly how I feel.
“I’m frightened, nervous and anxious,” said Fury about his rematch with Wilder. “I’ve got the shakes. What I’ve achieved will probably never be achieved again from someone from my country. If I win this belt, then I’ve won all the titles there is. If I lose, I’ll be happy, because I’ll know I wasn’t good enough to beat Deontay Wilder.
“I couldn’t train any harder, and I couldn’t dedicate myself any more, and I’ve lost to the better man. I’ll shake his hand,” said Fury.
We don’t know if Fury is on the level when he says he’s not nervous about his rematch with Wilder, because his actions suggest otherwise. He’s dumped his trainer Ben Davison in favor of Sugar Hill Steward, and he’s put on a lot of extra weight in bulking up to 270.
That’s a clear signal that Fury IS worried about his rematch with Wilder, and why wouldn’t he be? Wilder knocked Fury out cold last time they fought in 2018, and it’s potentially life threatening for him to be facing the 6’7″ American again. You can understand why Fury would be nervous given what he’s experienced in the past when facing Wilder.
“If that fight happens, it’s got to happen, because I’ve got three fights left, so it’s got to be one of them,” said Fury on a fight with Anthony Joshua. “The fight will happen. Whatever happens in these next two fights, me and him [Joshua] have to fight sooner or later.
“Whenever it is, I’d like it to be here in Las Vegas,” said Fury on a fight against Joshua. “The reason being is it’s a massive fight, and it needs to be on the biggest stage in the world. No disrespect to Wembley Stadium or London, but the mecca of boxing is right here in Las Vegas.
“This is where all the biggest fights have happened for hundreds of years,” said Fury. “It also gives people the chance to get away from the weekend. It’s a great excuse to go. I’m open to anything really,” said Fury when asked if he’d be open to fighting in Saudi,” said Fury.
“I’ve got Wilder, and I’m sure me and Wilder will have another rematch,” Fury said. “Wherever the last fight is, it is. No stress. Whether it’s in England, Saudi Arabia, Vegas, Antarctica or China. It doesn’t really matter where it is. It’ll be a good fight either way,” Fury said.
It’s very likely that Fury will change his mind about only being interested in fighting Joshua in Las Vegas. Once Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn makes it clear how much additional money Fury can make in battling him in Saudi or another foreign country, then he’ll likely forget about Vegas, and go for that deal.
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