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By: Kirk JacksonTheGypsy King” Tyson Fury (29-0-1, 20 KO’s) hasa tall task ahead this weekend, facing the long-reigning WBC heavyweightchampion, Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KO’s) in their highlyanticipated rematch. Wilder,the hard punching knockout-artist is undefeated across 43 bouts, but Furyfancies himself the man fit for the job. https://twitter.com/PBConFOX/status/1229800831077105665?s=19Fury demeaned Wilder as “one-dimensional” and“a one-trick pony” during a conference call last Thursday, in promotion fortheir heavyweight championship rematch February 22 in Las Vegas. According tothe colossal Englishman, he doesn’t need to concern himself with much more thanWilder’s dangerous right hand when they square off again at MGM Grand GardenArena.“I learned that he can be hit, and he can behurt quite regular,” Fury said. “That’s the biggest thing that I learned aboutDeontay Wilder, not that I didn’t already know. Before I fought him, obviouslyI didn’t know what he was like in a boxing ring. And after I fought him, I knowwhat he’s like now and that’s it. There’s nothing to worry about. He’s got abig right hand and that’s it. He’s a one-dimensional fighter and I’m gonnaprove that on the 22nd of February.”Possessing confidence he has the ability towithstand Wilder’s vaunted power, has helped Fury during his training camp withnewly acquired trainer Javan “Sugar Hill” Steward and should be an importantfactor if Fury is to have success Saturday night. “There’s no stress for me going into thefight,” Fury said. “You know, I’ve been 12 rounds with him, out-boxed him quitecomfortable, took his best shots, got up, fired back into it. The one whoshould be concerned is Deontay Wilder, because with him being a one-trick pony,he’s a knockout artist, but he had me down twice in two rounds, nine and 12,and he had over two minutes in each round to finish me and he couldn’t finishme.”“He couldn’t finish me, so yeah, he’s the one who should be concerned. He’s landed the two best punches that any heavyweight in the world could ever land on somebody else, and ‘The Gypsy King’ rose like a phoenix from the ashes, back to me feet and hurt him in the end of the round. So yeah, it’s gonna be pretty difficult for Wilder, not me.” Photo Credit: Ryan Hafey/Premier Boxing ChampionsLeadinginto this camp in preparation for Wilder, as well as during camp, “The FuriousOne” has preached the rematch will result in a different outcome.Fury,has discussed in length how much more superior a fighter he is compared toWilder, how important is to him to display his greatness and how he intends onstopping the undefeated American. Fury even boldly proclaimed making Wilderquit and stopping “The Bronze Bomber” in two rounds.It’s onething to talk about excitement, talk about all-out action, talk about theknockouts, but then there is also the reality of results. One of the majorquestions heading into this rematch, is if Fury can deliver on his boldproclamations of dominance and destruction. Based onhis history thus far, it’s not far-fetched to observe a high-level of skepticismamong boxing critics and fans alike. However, Fury possesses the physical toolsto match his words and most importantly for Fury and his followers, “The GypsyKing” has the mental strength to accomplish this goal.Fury’s pursuit of a knockout victory in therematch stems from distrust of official judges based on his first encounterwith Wilder. Fair or unfair, the victor of their first encounter depends on theobserver’s perspective; which has already been discussed to ad nauseam. For Fury to meet his goal, he dropped headtrainer Ben Davison and replaced him with Sugar Hill Steward. The very thoughtof Fury standing in front of the hardest punching human may be scary in itself.But there’s a cliché saying, nothing never comes easy and many great fightersfrom the past and present stood in front of the fistic fire and extinguishedthat flame. To reference in more recent history, AndreWard stood in with the hard-hitting Sergey Kovalev twice, Canelo Alvarezagainst Gennady Golovkin twice and Floyd Mayweather against Marcos Maidanatwice.“The bigger the risk, the bigger the reward.I know that is not the strategy Ben would have taken but that is why Ben is nottraining me for this fight, because I don’t need that strategy,” Fury told BTSport in an interview leading up to the rematch.”“What I did last time was fantastic but itwasn’t good enough to get me the victory. It had to be changed. It is veryrisky walking on to a puncher, but you won’t knock him out by dancing aroundthe ring for twelve rounds.”Achievingthe knockout, or victory by any means is more difficult than it seems, as youjust can’t speak it into existence. The last high caliber opponent succumbingto knockout against Fury was Steve Cunningham; a natural cruiserweight movingup in weight and coming off a string of defeats. For Furyto knockout Wilder would be making a bold statement. One thing proventhroughout the history of the heavyweight division, is all it takes is onepunch to end the fight. https://youtu.be/8qSv3D2KPxo“I haveconfidence in Tyson,” Top Rank Promoter Bob Arum theorized during a recentmedia conference call to discuss their Pay-Per-View headliner, which will bedistributed in a joint effort between ESPN and Fox Sports. “Youknow… there are guys who say they are going to knock out their opponent, andit’s like baseball players getting up to the plate trying to hit a home run.”“Anyonewho knows baseball, will say the guy who looks to make contact has a betterchance of hitting a home run than the guy who is swinging from his heels. Tysonis a great boxer but he has the determination to knock out Wilder. It’s notthat Fury will try to force it,” believes Arum. “It’snot like the first fight when Wilder was in trouble a few times in that fight.He’s not gonna let him off the hook. He’s gonna go for the knockout and finishhim off this time.”https://youtu.be/2XSFOWHVEn4For Furyto emerge victorious this weekend, whether scoring the knockout or earning thedecision, he must utilize his size to his advantage. Peter Fury, the formertrainer of heavyweight Tyson Fury, says his nephew should receive ‘a bigadvantage’ if Deontay Wilder is underweight for the upcoming rematch.“IfWilder comes in at the same weight he did in his last fight, I think that's abig advantage for Tyson,” Peter Fury told Sky Sports. “I think Wilder came inunder weight for that fight.”“If hecould just keep out of trouble early, get in close, rough him up a bit. Takehim out of his stride, rather than give him the leverage to put the power in.Take him into a bit of a dogfight and sap his energy, especially in the secondhalf of the fight.”“He’s(Fury) got to use his size, he’s got to use his weight, and especially ifWilder is coming in roughly the same weight he was. You’re looking at two, twoand a half stone advantage there. He needs to use that and that's where he wentwrong in his last fight for me. He (Fury) was doing the same thing round afterround, but after the sixth round he should have turned his advantages to that.Whether it’s ugly or whatever it is, I think he should just sap the energy outof Wilder.”Thispoint will be of emphasis; Fury must use his SIZE. Anotherimportant factor for Fury, is he must realize there isn’t one style or approachthat can be utilized to defeat Wilder. He must display diversity with hisattack and defensively as well. Furymust switch it up; fighting up close early, attempting to fight in thetrenches, smother Wilder’s punches, make him exert energy. At times, be fleetof foot, provide angles, be shifty and be out of harm’s way. He will have toconstantly make Wilder think, make him constantly reset. Furymust find out if Wilder can take what he dishes out. He has been buzzed before againstLuis Ortiz and even against Fury during their first encounter. The mentality ofmaking the opponent miss and making the opponent pay. Question,can Fury sit in the pocket and put weight behind his punches? Under duress,will his accuracy remain intact, as the placement of punches is crucial forthis fight? Onething we’ve rarely witnessed from an opponent of Wilder is a high work rate.Due to fears of catching a knockout counter-punch, opponent rarely throw morepunches than Wilder in a head-to-head match-up. Fury maybe in the driver’s seat, if he can overwhelm Wilder with a fury of punches.Another important note, both fighters, as famed trainer/analyst Teddy Atlaswould suggest, is investing to the body will reap great benefits. For Fury, whatbetter way to sap the harder puncher’s power then by going to the body, inaddition to using his body to take away Wilder’s legs and strength? “I haveto knock this guy out, simple as that,” said Fury. “Anyone who thinks Wildercan’t be knocked down is an idiot. I will prove how powerful I am. I am goingto make him quit.”The post Tyson’s Fury: Can He Stop Deontay Wilder? appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.
The Gypsy King is guaranteed at least £19million and his US promoter Arum believes he could double that figure but it will depend on the pay-per-view figures.
JEFF POWELL IN LAS VEGAS: Deontay Wilder has emerged from sleepy Tuscaloosa in deep Alabama to challenge all the old pre-conceptions with the highest KO ratio yet.