Deontay Wilder faces Tyson Fury for the second time on Saturday night and the WBC champion promises to knock him out for good this time.
Deontay Wilder, just like Tyson Fury, believes he won their first fight back in December 2018 and he is eager to prove he is the hardest puncher in the world when they meet again in their rematch.
These two fought to a 12th round split decision draw when they locked horns at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California in a gruelling and physical encounter.
Wilder knocked Fury down twice during the fight – including one in the 12th round with Wilder convinced he had done enough to put the Brit away.
Much to everyone’s surprise, Fury rose off the canvas like wrestling superstar The Undertaker to ensure the bout went to the judges decision.
Mexican judge Alejandro Rochin gave the fight to Wilder 115-111, Canadian judge Robert Tapper voted in Fury’s favour with 114-112, while British judge Phil Edwards scored it a 113-113 draw.
Wilder has promised to not let it get to the judges this time around, he is fully confident he can knock Fury down and ensure he doesn’t make the count of 10.
In the build-up to the fight, Wilder said: “I truly realised my power during my current knockout streak. I looked at my record and realised 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 realised 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.
“My power is God-given; I don’t have to do anything at all. I don’t have to lift weights or do a special type of cardio; it’s born with me. It’s an amazing feeling to have it and to be in this position, out of all the things I could be doing, God placed me in this position.
“As fighters, we are free in this sport, we say as we please with less consequences, so when I use my platform, I use it well. If people see what I do in my occupation and see that I bring the greatness out of myself, then that will translate to people that look up to me.
“Anything is possible in the ring, but it comes down to if he can back up his words. That is where your preparation for the fight comes out. One thing for sure, though, I am a great fighter on my back foot. That’s when I’m able to really time you and set you up, and have you run into my own traps. He has a lot of things going on in his camp so that tells you how nervous he is.
“I don’t believe anything Fury says. 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 he says, I am more focused on what he does. I am a man of action.
“I am planning for everything, but I think when coming forward doesn’t work for him, he will resort to what he knows. He may try to come forward at first, but once he feels my power, that will stop quickly.
“Round 12 has been in his mind since day one, that’s why he ran away from the rematch. In the back of Fury’s mind, he will think about how I gave him a concussion and how he had no idea how he even got on the ground. So, I do believe that round is in his head, and if he says otherwise, he is lying.
“I deserve to be here because of the talent I have and what I am able to do. I have been knocking guys out for 12 years, so this is nothing new to me. I mean what I say, and I say what I mean, and I am exactly where I am supposed to be.”
“Our first fight was amazing, and this is going to be an even more intense.”