Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder and Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury nearly came to blows at the final press conference.
“I truly realized my power during my current knockout streak,” said Wilder. “I looked at my record and realized I was running through guys and knocking them out. You don’t just go in and knock a human out based on will, you really have to have the power to do so, and through that I realized I had something different. I am just applying my service to my greatness and I am going to use my power up until I can’t use it anymore.”
“Wanting to go head to head with him is a bold move,” said Fury, “but we fight fire with fire. When I went at him in the first fight, though, he could not contain me. If I start doing that in round one, then he will be gassed by round five and hanging on for dear life, if he even gets that far.”
Wilder and Fury exchanged words and shoves on stage, just two days before they reignite their rivalry in the ring. The historic mega PPV event is this Saturday, February 22 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
“I don’t believe anything Fury says,” said Wilder. “I think he is just trying to butter me up and use a lot of mind games. He did that in the first fight to try and steal rounds, so we were lucky that we had experienced judges that weren’t influenced by that. I am not concerned with what I says, I am more focused on what he does. I am a man of action.”
“The biggest puncher who ever lived should have to problem opening my cut up,” said Fury. “He could not keep me down in the 12th round, so now I want to see if he is able to get up off the floor. I don’t think he has the guts to get up.”
Fury has consistently said that he will knock Wilder out within the first two rounds. He even changed trainers from Ben Davidson to SugarHill Steward to accomplish this prediction.
“Tyson Fury is a very tall heavyweight, so we believe that he can carry more weight, along with his power,” said Steward. “He’s a big, strong heavyweight and extra weight won’t hurt him. He still moves around just like a super middleweight. Plus, he still has the ring IQ to set things up. We’re just adding some punching power to his arsenal.
“I feel as if I have done everything he asked for. He wanted to be better technically, more aggressive, and be a big dominant heavyweight.”