Deontay Wilder’s fellow countryman Roy Jones Jr gives him a puncher’s chance of dethroning world champion Tyson Fury on one of the biggest days in heavyweight boxing history.
Fury and Wilder, who are ranked first and third respectively by ESPN, will both be fighting in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Fury has 21 KOs in his 30 wins while 41 of Wilder’s 42 victories have come inside the distance. Unbeaten professional ‘Gypsy King’ Fury, a 6ft 9in tall heavyweight who turned professional in 2008, is favoured to win this bout.
Wilder, 35, will start as a huge underdog against Fury who has not lost a fight for the last 13 years.
“If he can land that shot, he’s always got a chance,” Jones Jr said to FightHype.com.
“They don’t call him ‘Bombsquad’ for no reason. He earned that reputation with that name. If he can land that punch, he can change anything.
“He knows in the back of his mind, he can put Fury down with that punch. He’s not looking at it like, ‘I’m going to go out and outbox him’. No, he’s thinking, ‘I’m going to put him down, and hopefully, he’ll stay down’.
“If not for those two knockdowns, he would have lost two times.”
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Asked if he would like to see Fury fight Usyk in the future Jones Jr told iFL TV: “No like I said it’s not because of them. They’re good, both of them are intelligent fighters, what I’m trying to say is people take what I say the wrong way sometimes. I’m trying to say that stylistically that’s not a good matchup for TV.”
Fury is the number one ranked heavyweight in the world according to both the Ring and WBC while Usyk is currently ranked first by the WBA, IBF and WBO after beating Joshua.
“That’s the best two boxers in the game, but neither one of them are known as knockout punchers,” said Jones, who currently trains Chris Eubank Jr, who has a record of 30-2 (22 KOs).
“You know how hard it is for a knockout puncher to knock out a boxer? It’s hard, so if a knockout puncher can’t knock him out, how the hell is another boxer without a knockout punch going to knock him out? So it’s not an ideal fight for TV.
“Let’s let them two guys clean up the division, let’s get one to clean up the east, one to clean up the west, and once they’ve done that then let’s bring them together because there’s no other option at that point.”