Tyson Fury Not Looking Past Deontay Wilder Potential Trilogy Fight
Many years have passed since the boxing heavyweight division had as many thrilling potential matchups as it does today. The current champions and contenders generate a sense of excitement reminiscent of the nineties golden age, when Tyson, Holyfield, and Lewis stole the covers of sports publications worldwide. Today, the division is attracting fans by the millions, largely because of three men: Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua.
Two of whom have already faced off twice. Fury and Wilder first fought in late 2018 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, with the bout being declared a split draw. The judges’ decision sparked a fair share of controversy as most boxing experts and casual fans alike had given the victory to ‘The Gypsy King’, despite the two knockdowns scored by the American.
In February of this year, Fury earned a corner stoppage victory over Wilder when the two met for the second time at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The British boxer dominated his opponent from bell to bell during every round, proving his pugilistic prowess in the eyes of millions of viewers worldwide.
Now, with a third fight between the two set to go down once the coronavirus situation improves, Fury has spoken to ESPN about how he looks back at his one-sided victory last time out.
“I’ve watched that fight about ten times, all the way through from start to finish, but I’ve watched the highlights quite a lot because I like to examine the work that I’ve done. I wanted to see how Wilder was conquered by different things and different scenarios,” says Fury. “I’ve really broken it down over the past three months, hence I’ve had nothing to do.
“It was just every single part of it I was just too good for him. Every department. Whether it was long range, inside, hooking, punching, hitting the body — anything. I just outmatched him. This is the difference between a much fit Tyson Fury, who has kept busy, than a Tyson Fury who spent three years out of the ring.”
Despite his dominant performance the last time around, Fury assures he takes his opponent with the utmost seriousness and professionalism.
“I’m going into the third fight even more focused than I was for [the second] fight because this is Wilder’s last chance at the big time, especially to win his belt back,” stated Fury. “Deontay Wilder will come in more prepared and more ready for this fight. I have to take this fight even more serious than the first two because a lot of champions and a lot of fighters who had trilogies with people, just because they beat them comfortable the second time, overlook them the third time and end up getting knocked out or losing, and I don’t want to become a statistic.”
With a pending rematch against Deontay Wilder and talks about fighting Anthony Joshua in the near future, Fury has the toughest challenges of his career ahead of him.
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