Exclusive: Wilder says Klitschko needs to keep his range, but Fury will give him a run for his money
WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder believes distance is the key to victory for Wladimir Klitschko this weekend when the Ukrainian defends his clutch of world heavyweight titles against Tyson Fury.
WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO belt holder Klitschko, 39, faces mandatory challenger Fury in Dusseldorf having enjoyed a dominant spell as top division ruler for over a decade.
Fury is fourteen years his junior and holds a slight height advantage which Wilder believes gives the Briton as good as chance as anyone of upsetting the long reigning king of heavyweight boxing.
Wilder has already informed WBN of his desire to meet the winner at some point in 2016 and recently gave his views on how he sees the fight going down when the pair collide at the ESPRIT Arena on HBO, RTL and Sky Sports Box Office.
“I like that fight, you know. Klitschko is going to face a taller guy than him and it makes a difference and makes it a different ballgame when you have to face fighters at eye level,” ‘The Bronze Bomber’ told World Boxing News in an exclusive interview.
“All tall fighters, especially us that are able to use our height and reach, we love fighting the smaller guys because we have the advantage. I’m not saying all tall fighters, because you have to use what you have or it becomes a disadvantage.
“Luckily for Wladimir, he does what he does well. The main thing is he keeps his range so that he doesn’t get hit and he loves fighting smaller guys. Now, things are different against Fury, as he’s not only tall, but he’s taller than you.
“I also think Fury has been taking this very seriously and worrying about nothing else but beating Klitschko. I think he’s going to give Wladimir a run for his money, but it all depends on what type of dog they bring to the fight that night. I’m looking forward to watching it.”
Undefeated Fury is a 3/1 against underdog to inflict what would be a fourth defeat on ‘Dr Steelhammer’ this Saturday night, although Klitschko himself is 6/5 to knock the former European title holder out.
Taking on a younger, taller, possibly hungrier opponent in 24-0 Fury should be a good gauge to see how ambitious veteran Klitschko remains following almost two decades and 67 contests in the sport, whilst Fury has the opportunity to back up his pre-fight considerable boasts.
Fans have already had their appetites whetted for what may be to come on the back of an interesting build-up, and if the encounter is half as interesting as the UK press conference when Fury dressed as Batman, the sport is in for a real treat come fight night.