Fury chasing knockout in Wilder rematch

Tanya Simon
January 14, 2020

Their thrilling split draw at Staples Center has led to a rematch February 22 in Las Vegas, and both men claim they expect a knockout victory in what's likely to be the most-anticipated heavyweight title fight in recent years.

Fury is well aware that Wilder only has to be ideal for one second because he possesses the best weapon in boxing - his right hand.

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

"I will finish what I started, and this time @Tyson_Fury will not be getting up off that canvas so quickly".

"I won't be running, you won't have to look anywhere for me", he said.

Ahead of the rematch, the pair faced off at a press conference for the first time on Monday, where Fury revealed some of the changes he has made to his training regime. You're going down in two rounds. Two! He gets you to sit down on that big right hand. "There's the game plan".

"The fight will be interesting, he's a great fighter". Many believe the victor will hold the strongest claim to being the best big man in boxing.

Fury said he expected the fight to flip expectations of either a knockout for the hard-hitting Wilder or a points win for Fury.

"If he beat me, then why all the new trainers?"

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For this fight, he expects to be in much better physical condition after stopping Luis Ortiz in seven rounds November 23.

"This is unfinished business that I will finish".

Unsurprisingly, the Brit (29-0-1) believes he will be successful in taking Wilder out early. I know I need to get a knockout here.

Fury was amused by his rival's words. Simple as that, he lost the fight fair and square.

This is to prepare Fury for his fight against Wilder which is scheduled to take place in February. "I'm going to knock him out of those ropes".

Fury, 31, is a former world heavyweight champion after defeating Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, but was stripped of his titles due to a long battle with mental health issues that forced a three-year break from the ring.

Fury claimed his recent change of trainer - he has dispensed with the services of Ben Davison in favour of Sugarhill Steward, the nephew of late Kronk gym legend Emanuel Steward - would help him score a knockout.

"I'm the Lion, the king of the jungle and come 22 February I'm going to rip his head off his body. I always teach people when I speak - I say speak it, believe it, receive it", the American said. "He's very nervous as you can see".

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