AFTER his simply sensational victory over Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas on Saturday, Tyson Fury appears at the very summit of his game. But Fury maintains that he can improve.
“I’m my own worst critic and even though it was a fantastic performance and I got a great win, I know I can do better,” he said. “I’ve only just started with my new trainer, SugarHill Steward. We only had seven weeks to perfect a Kronk Gym style. But I’m a quick learner and I aim to get back to the gym straightaway, to work on balance and straight punches.
“I’m going to be putting people to sleep left, right and centre. Don’t forget when I came here people said I can’t punch. Wilder himself said I’ve got ‘pillow fists’ in the past… Well, I didn’t do badly for an old fat guy who can’t punch, did I?”
Warming to the theme, he continued, “I’m an old feather duster who can’t break an egg, aren’t I?
“But 21 knockouts in 31 fights isn’t so bad considering I never really look for knockouts, I’ve always looked to use my boxing skill.”
Now Fury feels that he is in destructive shape. “With this weight and technique we can knock out anybody. When I jumped on the scales people thought I hadn’t come for a fight, that I’d underestimated Wilder, come for a payday. When I got in there I felt like a beast. This is my weight,” he said.
The world will wonder what Fury’s next move will be. Will Deontay Wilder activate the rematch clause in their contract? Or will Fury take on Anthony Joshua to become the undisputed heavyweight champion?
“The spoils of war are fresh,” Fury said. “I need to enjoy this victory and Deontay needs time to recover. But I’m almost sure he’ll take the rematch because he’s a dynamite puncher and he can take someone out at any time.
“With that level of danger, you can always win a fight. I’m sure we’ll do it again if he wants to.”