Tyson Fury gunning for knockout in Deontay Wilder rematch

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Tyson Fury 28-0-1 (20) believes he needs to knockout to beat WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder 41-0-1 (40) when the pair meet in a rematch next year.

Fury outboxed Wilder early but was held to controversial draw when the duo clashed in Los Angeles in December last year.

In that fight the self-style ‘Gypsy King’ had to peel himself off the canvas twice – including in a dramatic 12th round – to survive the fight on his feet.

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Despite Wilder’s big finish many believed Fury had done more than enough to earn the victory only to be denied by the judges who scored the fight 114-112 for Fury, 115-111 for Wilder and 113-113.

Fury is slated to face Otto Wallin in Las Vegas in September while Wilder is expected to lock horns with Luis Ortiz in the same city in November before Wilder-Fury II in early 2020.

“The mistake I made last time, which I won’t make again, was believe that it will be a fair playing field because we know it isn’t going to be, so I must knock him out,” Fury told ESPN.

“I don’t believe I can get a points victory over here because I clearly won that last fight. I outboxed him every round other than the two he knocked me down in.

“It’s clearly not possible for me to get a points victory so I have to change my style, which I’m happy with because I’ve never been as strong, never punched as hard, I’ve never been as confident as I am today. I am going to knock him out this time.

“I’m not going to tip-tap around boxing because we know where that got us last time don’t we so I believe it’s going to be him or me [getting knocked out].”

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