Wilder, Fury vow to set­tle re­match with knock­out

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Heavy­weights Deon­tay Wilder and Tyson Fury have both promised knock­outs to avoid go­ing to the judges’ score­cards when they meet again on Fe­bru­ary 22 in Las Ve­gas with Wilder’s WBC world ti­tle on the line.

The first meet­ing be­tween the pair in De­cem­ber 2018 ended in a con­tro­ver­sial split-de­ci­sion draw af­ter 12 ex­plo­sive rounds, a re­sult that sat­is­fied nei­ther fighter but left both with their un­de­feated records in­tact.

speak­ing at a news con­fer­ence in Los An­ge­les, Fury (29-0-1) said he would down Wilder (42-0-1) in two rounds, while the champ said that Fury would not be able to with­stand his pow­er­ful right hand this time around.

“This is un­fin­ished busi­ness that I will fin­ish. I’m go­ing to knock him out,” Wilder said. “I’m the lion, I’m the king of the jun­gle, and come Fe­bru­ary 22nd, I’m gonna rip his head off his body.”

Af­ter prov­ing an elu­sive tar­get in their first fight, Fury promised to stand toe to toe with Wilder in the re­match.

“I’ll meet you, Deon­tay, in the mid­dle of the ring … I won’t be run­ning, you won’t have to look any­where for me.”

“just watch out for the right hand be­cause you’re go­ing to sleep in two rounds,” said Fury, who has won 20 of his fights by knock­out. “Two. 100 per­cent.”

Liken­ing their trans-at­lantic show­down to when Bri­ton Len­nox Lewis de­feated Amer­i­can Mike Tyson in june 2002, Fury said he ex­pected fire­works when the two meet again.

“To beat Tyson Fury, you have to nail him to the can­vas. And that’s what this lit­tle skinny-legs su­per-noodle will have to do – nail me to the can­vas,” he said of the tall and slen­der Wilder, whose body more re­sem­bles that of a bas­ket­ball power for­ward than a tra­di­tional heavy­weight boxer.

•Wilder (left) against Fury

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