Considering everything he’s been through over the past couple of years, Tyson Fury has done remarkably well to get himself in a position where he could become heavyweight champion again this weekend.
The 30-year-old, who ballooned to nearly 29 stone in 2017 while battling various well-documented personal problems, is now looking in tip-top condition ahead of arguably the most important fight of his career so far.
Fury has only fought twice since his magnificent victory over Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 - against Sefer Seferi and Francesco Planeta - but sealed back-to-back victories to set up this mouth-watering clash against Deontay Wilder.
Wilder is the narrow favourite to retain his WBC heavyweight title at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday evening and is supremely confident that he will record the 41st victory of his illustrious career.
However, Fury is convinced that he’s the superior boxer and believes he will win the fight as long as he avoids one of Wilder’s trademark windmill punches.
The two fighters are undefeated and Fury had described the bout as a ‘dare to be great move’ on both his and Wilder’s part; an accurate assessment given how much is at stake for both men.
In recent weeks, a host of current and former boxers have had their say over which fighter will win this upcoming fight.
And now the legendary Mike Tyson has come out with some interesting comments, in which he suggests Fury will win because of the incredible mental strength he’s shown in recent times.
“Although Wilder's punch is strong, nothing can compare to the mental strength Fury has shown both in and out of the ring,” Tyson is quoted as saying by talkSPORT’s Michael Benson.
“It'll be a close call, but I think Fury's got a true fighting chance.”
Tyson isn’t wrong, is he?
Although Wilder possesses a lethal punch, it could be argued that Fury has the edge when it comes to mentality.
"If I can defeat depression, I can defeat anything,” Fury told ESPN this week.
"Deontay's style will work into my hands. The more he pushes, the quicker it ends. The more he wants to impress the fans, the quicker he loses. He's feeling the pressure already. He's very on edge around me.”
He added: ”I don't need to do anything to Deontay Wilder.
”Just be myself. He can't figure me out. I'm a man of many, many faces. He's got one way, one path. It's all he knows. But he doesn't have the ability to set up the knockout against me, doesn't have the schooling. And we all know what happens when the knockout doesn't come. All Wilder's opponents have been scared of him, looking for a comfy place to rest on the canvas.
"I will take his power and use it against him.”
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