August 19, 2018
August 19, 2018
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury press conference

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TYSON FURY admits he could do with one more fight before taking on Deontay Wilder this winter but insists he is not going to Las Vegas for a pay cheque.

Fury won his second fight since ending his 924-day hiatus from the ring by easily outpointing Francesco Pianeta over 10 rounds at Windsor Park on Saturday night.

It was a clear step up from his bizarre victory over Sefer Seferi in June as he banked 10 useful rounds in front of Wilder, who was ringside.

Now Wilder is set to put his WBC title on the line against Fury with a November date in Las Vegas expected to be formally announced in the next few weeks.

But Fury said: “In an ideal world I could have done with another 10-round or 12-round fight, we know the world isn’t ideal.

“I’ll put my best foot forward and rise up to the occasion. Going into Wlad [Klitschko] I only had two fights: Dereck Chisora and Christian Hammer, then I had 10 months out before beating Wlad.

“At least this time I’m going in with two fights. I’m happy with the performance.

“Wilder congratulated me and said it was a great performance. I could have stood there and traded with him but I didn’t mean a one-round KO, I needed rounds.

“Pianeta came with a tight defence, awkward to land on him, he trained hard and was a resilient opponent.

“I could have chose someone who wasn’t as tough but I’m happy with the opponent. I enjoyed every minute of it.”

Having chalked up two straight-forward wins in 10 weeks, Fury now faces what he describes as the ‘hardest fight of my career’ when he crosses the Atlantic to face Wilder.

He has lost nine stone in as many months so a short break is expected before he heads into camp ahead of the big-money showdown.

He said: “I’ll bring some great guys over, I’ve got enough time to prepare for anybody.

“I’m not going into this for a paycheque, I wouldn’t lose for £100m, you can’t pay any amount of money for me to go Vegas to get sparked out.

“If I didn’t believe I could win this fight I’d pack up and retire today, I don’t box to be second best or to make numbers up, I box to be the best I can be, If I ain’t good enough so be it, I’m taking this
fight because I know I can win.

“I know multimillionaires and billionaires too, money doesn’t drive me, I’ll go to Vegas for free and fight Wilder, I’d rather have no money and win than £200 billion and lose.

“My walls haven’t breached in 10 years. We will leave no stones unturned, we’re going to America to win, thats how we roll, if I can come back from the brink of defeat I can do anything, I know what life
is like on the other side, I also know now what it’s about being in a good place.”