‘Deontay Wilder can handle any chaos around him’

Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury undercard
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Deontay Wilder and his team on how they will deal with Tyson Fury, writes John Dennen

TYSON FURY is a man of mayhem. He thrives on chaos. He even managed to rattle, or at least perplex, the ice cool Wladimir Klitschko when he won his world titles in 2015. Fury has returned to the sport, after two years out of action, and plans to reclaim world glory against WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder on December 1 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

But Wilder promises, “Tyson Fury doesn’t know what he’s gotten himself into.”

“As a true champion, I know how to adjust to any fighter that’s in front of me. My experience facing fighters of all styles has prepared me for this special fight,” he continued. “This is not a game for me. Everyone has heard about what it’s like to be in the ring with me, but until you’re in there, you don’t know for sure that what you’ve been hearing is for real. I’m the best in the world. I don’t think any heavyweight has been through what I’ve been through.

“I’m training for a certain type of mission. As a fighter I have to have the mindset that I must be ready for anything.”

“Fury has height just like me and he also brings an awkward style like myself. He’s rangy, mobile and he believes he’s the best in the world. You’ll get two giants who are athletic and move around the ring like no one else in this sport,” he added. “They say that I have the power and he has the boxing skills. We’ll see on December 1. It’s a puncher versus a boxer. I think the puncher is going to box his lights out, and then I’m going to knock his lights out.”

Deontay Wilder

His trainer Jay Deas gave his verdict on Fury. “Tyson Fury is kind of like a Rubik’s cube. But a Rubik’s cube can be solved. Fury is a very versatile fighter who can move, he can box and fight from lots of distances. He’s the total package as a fighter and on top of that he’s strong-willed mentally,” he said. “We have our hands full, but I know that Deontay Wilder is the guy to handle Tyson Fury. Deontay is the the right guy to take over boxing and this is the first step in that.”

“Fortunately Deontay has always been a focused fighter, so keeping him right mentally I don’t think will ever be a problem. Deontay can handle any chaos around him better than anyone I’ve seen. When he says he’s the man for this job, he really means it,” Deas concluded. “The tough thing with preparing for Tyson Fury is that even he doesn’t know exactly what he’s going to do in there. He can fight lefty, righty, dirty or clean. We’re working on being prepared for all of these things and more.

“Both guys are very athletic and very awkward style-wise, but once this fight combusts, it’s going to be phenomenal. You don’t want to blink or go to the bathroom, the pretzel can wait, because you’re going to want to catch every second of it.”

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