Tyson Fury’s performance against Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas on Saturday evening was nothing short of remarkable.
The 31-year-old has been hailed after ending Wilder’s five-year reign as WBC heavyweight world champion and rightly so.
Fury dominated the feared American at the MGM Grand Arena, sealing a hugely impressive seventh-round TKO in front of 16,000 spectators.
“I told everybody with a pair of ears that the Gypsy King would return to the throne,” Fury told BT Sport Box Office, per BBC Sport, after his stunning achievement. “My last fight everybody wrote me off. I was underweight and over-trained. I’m a destroyer. Not bad for someone with pillow fists.
“I’m a man of my word. I told Wilder, his team, the world. We trained for a knockout; we wasn’t tapping around in that gym.
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“I talk like this because I can back it up. People write me off, they look at my fat belly and bald head and think I can’t fight. He fought the best Tyson Fury, we’re both in our primes.
“I expect him to ask for the third fight. I know he’s a warrior and I’ll be waiting.”
Fury, whose first fight with Wilder ended in a draw back in December 2018, has always been confident in his ability to beat The Bronze Bomber.
One of his old tweets from 2013, which has resurfaced in the aftermath of his latest victory, proves this.
Fury tweeted: “The biggest fight of my era will be @BronzeBomber ! But ill knock him out!”
That prediction looks scarily accurate now.
Wilder had just recorded the 30th victory of his professional career, against Nicolai Firtha in New Jersey, when Fury posted that tweet.
The Gypsy King knew that Wilder was course to become one of the biggest stars in boxing – but he also fancied his chances of knocking out the 6ft 7in powerhouse.
The replies to Fury’s tweet from boxing fans make for particularly amusing reading now.
All of the top replies are from people basically saying Fury was deluded and that he had no chance against Wilder…
And so on, and so on.
Meanwhile, Wilder himself was also dismissive about Fury’s prediction at the time…
Careful what you tweet to sporting stars, people. There’s a good chance it’ll come back to haunt you one day.