Deontay Wilder claims Tyson Fury will be having ‘sleepless nights’ ahead of their world heavyweight title rematch on February 22, but are the bookmakers backing ‘The Bronze Bomber’ to put his challenger to sleep in trademark fashion?
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Wilder was out-boxing for much of the first fight between the two men back in December 2018, but he was able to floor Fury twice during the latter stages of the bout and was left stunned when the former world champion was somehow able to get back to his feet and see it through to the final bell.
Those two knockdowns seemingly saved ‘The Bronze Bomber’ as the judges ruled the contest a draw in controversial fashion, but he has vowed to leave no doubts when the two men meet again in Las Vegas and he claims Fury will be having some restless nights in the build-up to the rematch.
“When you get knocked down by someone you never forget it or how they did it,” Wilder said during a conference call with the media. “Deep down I feel he’s nervous… very nervous from what happened the first time.
“When you go in there for a second time it has to be stressful and you definitely can’t sleep at night. He’s worried and I don’t think his confidence is that high because of the state I left him in before. I gave this man concussion and it will happen again because the head is not meant to be hit, especially by the power of Deontay Wilder. So he has a lot to think about.”
Wilder claims his belief is supported by the fact that Fury has changed trainers since that first fight, ditching Ben Davison in favour of Javan Hill Steward, the nephew of legendary trainer Emmanuel Steward. Fury was insistent that he was a convincing winner back in December 2018, but Wilder says the decision to switch things up suggests the ex-world champion was, and is not, being truthful.
“Fury can say he beat me by a wide margin but he doesn’t believe that – that’s why he wants to change so many things,” ‘The Bronze Bomber’ continued. “If he believed he won he wouldn’t have changed much – the next thing he is going to do is go to a spiritual advisor.
“[Otto] Wallin had a game plan [in Fury’s last fight] and executed it. That fight should’ve been stopped with a cut so deep and I look forward to re-cutting that eye. Once it’s open again and the blood is in his face I’m coming in for the kill. I don’t play around. I knocked him out the first time but I didn’t get it and I’m going to knock him out again.”
So will Wilder live up to his words? The bookmakers continue to struggle to separate champion and challenger, with both men priced up at 10/11 to win the fight by bet365, but as far as they are concerned Wilder’s best chance at victory does come via stoppage. The WBC champion, who has stopped all but one of the 42 men that he has beat is 11/8 to beat Fury by KO/TKO or DQ.