If you take a look at Tyson Fury these days, all the confidence seems to be there. Fury (27-0, 19 KO’s) will be facing off with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (40-0, 39 KO’s) on Saturday night, and thus far, throughout the lead up to the fight, and during fight week, he seems in control of his emotions.
Wilder, on the other hand, has been far more animated this fight week, and it makes you wonder if he is fully focused on the mission at hand. Either way, we are looking at a big heavyweight showdown this weekend, with much on the line for each man.
Fury returned to the sport this year following a two-and-a-half year layoff that saw him gain much weight and become depressed. But he’s appeared to have conquered his demons and will be looking for a big shocker inside of the Staples Center vs. Wilder.
Speaking this week, Fury reflected back to the biggest win of his career, over Wladimir Klitschko, a triumph that saw him become the lineal heavyweight champion of the world.
“It is my anniversary today,” said Fury this week. “It’s been three years since I went to Germany and beat Wladimir Klitschko all over Dusseldorf to becoming heavyweight champion. I’m only three days away from doing the same to the ‘Bronze Bomber’. We’ve had a fantastic training camp. We’ve put nine weeks in. I can’t remember a better training camp. We’ve had no injuries and fantastic sparring. I’m here to do a job and enjoy myself.”
Wilder and Fury appear to have a great respect for one another, despite all the theatrics they produce, but Fury still wants to let his hands go.
“I hope the boxing fans around the world are going to enjoy this as much as I will,” said Fury. “I’ve looked forward to this fight since 2011. On Saturday night, I’m going to finally get my chance to punch him in the face. Deontay Wilder is getting knocked out.”
Fury knows all too well the public is going to have opinions on him, especially due to his hiatus from the sport, but he’s taking everything in stride.
“It’s been a long, hard road,” Fury said. “I had many obstacles in the way. My absence from the ring has been well documented, but it’s made me stronger and more determined. I’ve never been as happy during a training camp as I was in this one.”
What makes this fight interesting is that Fury has brought on multiple Trainer-of the-Year Freddie Roach to this team. After shifting his camp from Abel Sanchez’s Summit Gym in Big Bear, CA, Fury finished up at Roach’s Wild Card gym in Los Angeles.
“Having Freddie Roach on the team is fantastic,” Fury said. “He’s helped us out a lot in the gym and I’m glad we have him on our side. I’m thrilled to have him.”
Seems like Fury definitely has a fighting chance, but a victory is guaranteed on Saturday.
One has to wonder where the 30-year old outspoken Brit will go if he were to lose to Wilder. For one, there are still several options in the heavyweight ranks and a lot of big names out there.
Ideally Fury would love to win and reclaim his status as a champion, yet he must find a way to neutralize Wilder’s power. If he loses, who knows how Fury will take it? A defeat would surely wipe away a possible dream showdown with IBF, WBA, WBO champion Anthony Joshua.
Also, would Fury be affected mentally if he were to lose, such as was the case during his time away from the sport? Regardless, if he chooses to keep fighting, Fury is still a top ten heavyweight, win or lose, and will have several options after this weekend.