Deontay Wilder: This Time, He Won't Get Up!

Ross Houston
January 14, 2020

Fury believes he hurt Wilder several times in their first bout, but said he "just didn't have the gas" that would have been necessary for a knockout.

The rivals went face to face in Los Angeles last night ahead of their WBC World Title rematch on February the 22nd.

Fury (29-0-1, 20 knockouts) earned a share of the spoils in the first fight after frustrating Wilder with a superbly elusive performance.

Aside from the fighters' charismatic personalities and their penchants for wild public statements, this matchup is fascinating because it pits Fury's boxing skills - which are impressive for any fighter, let alone a hulking heavyweight - against Wilder's ferocious punching power, which is likely unmatched in the sport.

Fury claimed things would go differently this time.

"You are going to sleep in two rounds". "As sure as I was this morning putting this suit and shoes on and having to wash and brushing my teeth, that's how sure I'm gonna kick this motherf-er's ass all over that ring. I've got to knock him out".

But it was Wilder who scored knockdowns in the ninth and 12th rounds to salvage the draw and retain his title.

"Though he's saying it, I don't feel his energy that he believes it, that he's going to do that", Wilder said.

"If anything, I feel that he's nervous, he's very scared because of what happened the first time and I understand".

"I'm not coming here for a points decision, I've had too many of them - nine of them - I'm coming here for a knockout, I've had 21 of them and from the heart that's what I'm looking to do", Fury added.

I don't think there's a heavyweight in the division that's got no type of plan, I don't care what trainer they bring aboard or have in their camp. That bothers you. That not only affects you, but it affects your environment, it affects your family as well because they know you're going in there again with this monster and you know what he's capable of doing.

" Every guy that I've faced, I put 'em down".

Wilder didn't appear fazed on Monday, and responded to Fury's claims that he would knock him out in the second round with amusement. "It allows me to prepare even harder and even more for him". "Rising up is part of the baptism".

"This is unfinished business that I will finish. This point in time, he won't be able to get up". Bermane Stiverne didn't make it out of the first round in his second bout with Wilder, and Ortiz lasted just three rounds.

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