Tyson Fury has vowed to knockout WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder when the pair meet in a rematch at the MGM Grand Arena on February 22nd.
The two undefeated heavyweights fought to a controversial draw on December 1, 2018. Fury out boxed Wilder for most of the fight, but the American scored to knockdowns to salvage a draw.
The final knockdown in the 12th round seemed to put Fury unconscious, but the Brit incredibly got to his feet and managed to finish the fight.
Many pundits and fans seemed to believe the Fury had won, but the judges scored that two knockdowns were enough to let Wilder get the draw to keep his title. Since then, the pair have won two fights each in preparation for the rematch.
The fight is possibly the biggest heavyweight clash since Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson fought at the Memphis Pyramid Arena in 2002.
The bout between Fury and Wilder is seen by many as a classic boxer vs puncher fight. Fury being a fighter with the skills and speed, but Wilder being a dangerous knockout artist.
AFP reported that despite the predictions Fury believes he will knock Wilder out. "The consensus is either he knocks me out, or I win on points," Fury said. "Usually when people have that opinion, it goes the opposite way. Expect him to box and me to be looking for the knockout.
Wilder said that he did not believe Fury’s rhetoric about attempting to knock him out and said he expects the British fighter to box on the backfoot in hope of a decision.
The American also ridiculed claims that Fury won the first fight and added that Fury would not have fired his old trainer if he believed he won.
"If he beat me, then why all the new trainers? Every day it changes. Firing and hiring. I still have the same people and I don't need to change it,"