With his rematch against Deontay Wilder little more than a month away, Tyson Fury appears more determined than ever to avoid repeating the result of his first encounter with the American.
Back in 2018, Fury outboxed Wilder for the majority of their thrilling first fight - landing 84 strikes to Wilder’s 71 and 38 power punches to his opponent’s 31.
And as we all remember, following the Gypsy King’s dominance in the middle rounds, Wilder then managed to salvage the strength to land two late, infamous knockdowns on Fury.
This secured the American a controversial split draw – a result which was met both with outrage from Fury and widespread shock from the ringside media.
Fans and pundits alike felt that Fury had done enough throughout the fight to snatch the victory and the WBC heavyweight title from Wilder – only failing to stay on his feet for the last three minutes.
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With that frustrating memory in mind, Fury has publicly vowed to secure a definitive victory this time around over Wilder, who still remains the WBC world heavyweight champion.
As per Boxing Scene, the 6-foot 9 British fighter has stated that he will not be satisfied with any outcome other than a knockout victory over Wilder on February 22nd.
Fury said: “He [Wilder] said he was going to knock me out last time, and he didn’t.
“Why do you think I employed [my new trainer] SugarHill Steward? Is it to improve my slick boxing moves and style? I don’t think so.
“It’s to look for that big right hand - Thomas Hearns style. Pow! That’s what we’re looking for. Knock out, or go home.
“If I don’t knock Wilder out, it doesn't count.”
These comments come hot on the tail on a bold statement from Wilder made to TMZ Sports earlier today, as per The Sun - that he will retire if Fury does indeed manage to knock him out.
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