World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has sent a shuddering warning to Tyson Fury.
Ahead of a December 1 collision, Wilder has promised to do maximum damage to the former unified king of the division.
Many betting sites dealing with the boxing odds have Wilder a slight favorite to defeat Fury. This is despite the challenger obviously growing in confidence over time.
Fury recently mentioned Wilder as the sole reason for the Briton’s return from a lengthy absence, something the American agrees with on a certain level.
“I’m the one who brought him back. I encouraged him when he was in that dark place,” said Wilder.
“I told him, ‘You can do it.’ I dared him to come back. Dared him for this very moment. I want him to have confidence. I want him to have energy.
“As you can see, that’s nerves. That’s all nerves. Because he knows what’s going to happen, he knows his face is going to get smashed in. And he knows his body will be on the pavement.
“Let him burn out this energy. It’s entertaining. Because when we get in the ring, he’s going to be all by himself, and his demeanor will change. His mannerisms are going to change. He’s so nervous right now. He doesn’t know what to do with himself.”
On Fury’s claims, a knockout will happen in his favor. Wilder added: “Don’t give people false promises. I was born off of false promises and got nothing for free.
“I promise this. I’m going to knock you out. I speak it, believe and receive it, and it’s mine. I don’t have to show so much energy, baby.”
Wilder vs. Fury tests the raw power of Wilder against the unmatched size and mobility of Fury.
America’s only heavyweight champion since 2007, Wilder has 39 knockouts in 40 professional fights. This includes knockouts in all seven of his title defenses.
Fury is a former IBF, WBA, and WBO heavyweight world champion. He is undefeated in 27 professional fights and holds boxing’s coveted lineal heavyweight title.
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