WBC champion Deontay Wilder believes rival Tyson Fury has all the attributes to join him as a ruler in the heavyweight division as the American sees only the taller fighters being at the top of the sport in future.
‘The Bronze Bomber’ stands 6ft 7ins tall himself with Fury at 6ft 9ins, both of whom are bigger than current four-belt title holder Wladimir Klitschko who is the smallest of the trio at 6ft 6ins. WBA ‘regular’ champion Ruslan Chagaev is the current exception to the rule at 5ft 11ins, although Wilder believes those kind of title holders will be a thing of the past in the future.
Fury, 26, is due to challenge Klitschko in the coming months as his mandatory challenger and Wilder is sure the Briton can claim a piece of the top division cake for himself – without stating that the undefeated bruiser will be able to overcome the Ukrainian powerhouse.
“I give Tyson a great percent of the chance of coming in and being a new world champion,” said Wilder.
“It’s all going to depend on him, how serious he takes this business, this game, how serious he takes training and the preparation for that. I wish him luck on everything he does and on becoming the world champion.
Wilder continued: “There’s nothing like setting a goal to become a world champion and being that, seeing your hand raised high with that belt saying you are the world champion. It’s a great feeling to be a world champion, so it’s going to be up to him.
“Like I said before, we’ve seen what Klitschko did in his last fight, and we’ll see how he can adjust to a bigger fighter. These are bigger guys now, and that’s what’s running division, the bigger guys. That’s fine. All the taller fighters in the heavyweight divisions are taking over, so we’ll see what Tyson has lies ahead, so we can only wait.”