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Published: 08:29 | 28/11/18

Fury confident of beating Wilder


Tyson Fury has no game plan ahead of his fight against WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in Los Angeles on Saturday night but he is confident he will defeat his opponent.

The Gypsy King had beat Wladimir Klitschko to land the WBA, IBF and WBO world titles in November 2015, but was forced to relinquish his titles after failing to defend them, then subsequently had his boxing licence suspended and given a two-year backdated doping ban..

He had his boxing license reinstated in January and stopped Sefer Seferi in four rounds at Manchester Arena in June to end 924 days of inactivity.

He subsequently recorded a points win over Francesco Pianeta in Belfast and the former world champion believes he will have little trouble in seeing off Wilder at the Staples Center on Saturday.

"I win this fight by punching him in the face plenty of times," Fury explained.

"I have been accused many times of not knowing what I am doing until I am in there and I agree. I do not know what I am going to do. You plan one thing and you get in there and it all changes.

"I might have to fight, box, move or go in the trenches. But I am capable of having a fight with anyone in the world and I am capable of out-boxing anyone in the world."

He went on: "I know I am as fit and strong as I have ever been. I stand here an honest person and if I was shot to pieces and only here for the money, I would tell you. I am not here for the money, I am not here for a payday, I am here to win.

“I am as quick and strong as I have ever been, ever. I have never been as fit or as ready for a fight.

“In all of my championship career, I have never gone into a fight with two back-to-back wins in the same year, I have always had massive gaps.

“Even when I beat Klitschko [November 2015] I had boxed Christian Hammer in [as far back as] February. For all of my big fights I have had periods of inactivity [beforehand]. I am going to win this fight one million per cent. I will take the WBC belt back to the UK and then back to the United States when I defend it.”

Wilder, who has won all 40 pro contests - 39 inside the distance, is equally as confident heading into the bout.

“We don’t speak in negative terms. We don’t even put our words in form of negativity. I speak in terms of, ‘I am, I shall. I will’. I will knock Tyson Fury out, there are no ifs and buts about it," he stated.

"There is no way I’m looking at it that it won’t happen. If it doesn’t happen then it wasn’t meant by God, it wasn’t my time. I am feeling very confident, very passionate about what I say and what I do. Come Saturday night it is my time.”

Tyson Fury's WBC heavyweight title fight with Deontay Wilder from Staples Center in Las Vegas on Saturday night is available on BT Sport Box Office - to subscribe visit https://www.eirsport.ie/ppv

Image: Getty Images/John McCoy

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