Tyson Fury says he's heavier than he was for Deontay Wilder rematch and 'training like Rocky' ahead of trilogy fight
TYSON FURY thinks his heartbreak-hit training camp will make another Deontay Wilder win worthy of a bomb-riddled Rocky movie.
Britain’s WBC heavyweight king was forced into the bout by an American judge but, after weeks of training, a case of Covid-19 floored their July 24 fight.
The rearranged Saturday clash looked set to follow smoothly on from the August 8 birth of Fury’s sixth child Athena but the baby was hit with complications at birth and had to battle out of intensive care.
Fear of catching coronavirus again and leaving wife Paris too soon meant Fury trained himself for a couple of months and only flew out to Las Vegas to acclimatise on September 18.
But the 33-year-old reckons all the trials and tribulations will put another victory over the Bronze Bomber up there with Sly Stallone’s most iconic wins over Ivan Drago, Clubber Lang and Apollo Creed.
The 6ft 9in Gypsy King said: “I’ve been training myself like in the Rocky movies.
“Like I said, what I don’t know about boxing ain’t worth knowing.
“As long as my weight’s all right — I’m around 20st at the moment, nice and high, plenty of weight on me — I can always box for 12 rounds no matter what condition I’m in.
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“The man who is in shape who trains all year round doesn’t need a ten-week training camp.
“A man who’s in shape all year round just needs two weeks sparring and he’s done, ready to go.”
Wilder’s long list of excuses for getting battered in their February 2020 rematch are too fanciful even for a Hollywood script.
But Fury remembers being dropped twice by the 35-year-old in their original 2018 draw and wants to remind fans he is dealing with a dynamite-fisted assassin.
Fury laughed: “I’m playing with an atomic bomb.
“He’s very, very dangerous.
I’m around 20st at the moment, nice and high, plenty of weight on me
"With most boxers they need to hit you with five punches, with Wilder he can hit you with a quarter punch and knock you spark out.
“Wilder’s my most dangerous fight since Wladimir Klitschko.
“Once I got that guy out of the way I knew Wilder would be my most dangerous opponent.
“That’s what we’re messing with — my ultimate dangerman.
“If you could design any fighter to be able to compete with me as a boxer then it would be Deontay Wilder.
“Wilder’s only got one loss in 44 fights, he’s very dangerous and I’m up for the challenge. I’m very up for it actually.
“Although I beat the guy last time, the first fight was a draw and we will see what happens in the third fight.
"I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
l BT Sport Box Office will show Fury v Wilder: The Trilogy exclusively live in the UK on Saturday, October 9. For more info go to www.bt.com/sportboxoffice
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