Deontay Wilder warns Tyson Fury he was only at 50 percent in first fight


Deontay Wilder has warned Tyson Fury he will be facing the real him after claiming he fought at less than 50 per cent of his potential in their first fight.

Wilder claims his display in their controversial split draw 14 months ago was hampered by a bust right hand, which restricted him in training.

The unbeaten WBC heavyweight king says he was sloppy because he was so determined to make a statement to the heavyweight division and the American sporting public.

Wilder says he is is fully fit for his rematch with Fury on Saturday week at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be more disciplined.

“In that first fight I was probably 50 per cent or less,” said the Bronze Bomber. “I’ve spoken before about my broken hand, but I also didn’t fight like I normally do. I did a lot of things I don’t normally do.

Deontay Wilder said in his first bout with Tyson Fury he did things he wouldn’t normally do ‘because of the excitement of the fight’

“When I look back at that fight, me and my trainer Jay Deas were talking about it and I can pinpoint things and say ‘why did I do that?’.

“I know why I did it, moving forward with my gloves high, swinging with no hope, just doing certain things because of the excitement of the fight.

“I felt like I had an opportunity at that moment in time to put the heavyweight division and America on notice.

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“That meant a lot to me because when I was coming up, no-one in America knew who I was.

Fury was floored twice by Wilder in their December 2018 fight, but got up to earn a draw

“Now I’m ready to do the proper things that need to be done. I’ve lived that moment of excitement and I can’t wait.

“This time I’m going to knock him out and he won’t get up. This is unfinished business.”

Wilder has knocked out Dominic Breazeale and Luis Ortiz in his two contests since Fury denied him, and trainer Jay Deas claims he is still improving at 34.

Deas claims Wilder is more than just the hardest puncher in boxing and says his skills are the key to his power.

Luis Ortiz on the canvas after being knocked out by Wilder in November last year

“We do what we call a six-month test,” said Deas.

“Every six months we ask ourselves, would you right now beat you from six months ago?

“I can answer 100 per cent honestly since the beginning of the first day he came into the gym that answer has been yes.

“Him now beats him from six months ago. He keeps getting better and better and smarter and refined.

Trainer Jay Deas says Wilder possesses underrated boxing skills which give him the time and space to land powerful punches

“The thing that people don’t really get, the timing, the distance, the spacing, all those things that allow you to land those big punches, that’s skill.

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“What Deontay does, he puts himself in a position to land those shots and that takes more skill than people can sometimes comprehend.

“His improvement just continues and continues and he wants to learn. He’s still hungry to get better and better.”





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