Fury re­veals he has se­cret plan to beat Wilder

Fury has a se­cret plan to com­plete a stun­ning come­back by re­gain­ing his ti­tle against Wilder

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Front Page - Gareth A Davies BOX­ING COR­RE­SPON­DENT in Los An­ge­les

As Tyson Fury at­tempts to pull off a dar­ing heist to re­gain the World Box­ing Coun­cil heavy­weight crown from Deon­tay Wilder, af­ter a brief re­turn fol­low­ing 30 months in the wilder­ness, the “Gypsy King” knows the risks. “One mis­take and it could be over against one of the most dan­ger­ous punch­ers ever,” he said.

Vic­tory in the bat­tle of Los An­ge­les on Sat­ur­day against the Amer­i­can knock­out artist would se­cure Fury’s place in the record books as a two-time world cham­pion – he first claimed No 1 heavy­weight sta­tus against Wladimir Kl­itschko in No­vem­ber 2015 – and the tri­umph would be likely to rank as one of the great box­ing come­backs. But Fury is un­der no il­lu­sions about the fine mar­gins. “It is the big­gest chal­lenge of my ca­reer,” Fury said in an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with The Sun­day Tele­graph. “If I make one mis­take, it’s over. It could be over, be­cause he’s prob­a­bly the big­gest puncher in his­tory. Def­i­nitely one of them. I don’t re­mem­ber see­ing any­one else with 39 out of 40 knock­outs. I’m a heavy­weight his­to­rian and I don’t be­lieve any­one has had that record.”

The huge frame of Fury, all 6ft 9in and 18st of him, re­laxes on a sofa in a man­sion in the Hol­ly­wood hills, a sanc­tu­ary for the last month of an eight-week Cal­i­for­nia train­ing camp. “Wilder’s style is very un­usual, but he’s very con­ven­tional in some ways. A lot of peo­ple make out he’s very wild, but he’s calm and only throws big bombs when he knows his op­po­nent is in trou­ble. But I’ve got some­thing up my sleeve. Like Max Sch­mel­ing saw some­thing with Joe Louis and he didn’t tell any­body the plan.”

Sch­mel­ing did in­deed end the great Amer­i­can heavy­weight’s un­beaten record in 1936, at Yan­kee Sta­dium in New York. Sch­mel­ing had openly stated he had found what he be­lieved was the key to vic­tory, and em­ployed it to bril­liant ef­fect. He used his jab in the open­ing three rounds, punc­tu­ated by a right cross. Louis was dropped in the fourth by a right, and the Ger­man went on to stop his be­fud­dled op­po­nent in the 12th.

“I see some­thing with Wilder. And I’m not go­ing to tell any­body un­til I re­veal it on the night,” Fury said. “There’s a chink in that ar­mour. I’m go­ing to take Wilder’s heart away. It’s go­ing to be a more humiliating per­for­mance than it was against Kl­itschko. Ev­ery­one says I won’t do it against a big puncher. But I did it against Kl­itschko and I will against Wilder.

“I’m go­ing to have fun. Wilder is go­ing to have the most awk­ward night of his life, be­lieve me. My move­ment and speed is enough to dis­arm any­body. My length is very un­der­es­ti­mated. Wilder has never fought any­body big­ger than him and he’s never had to punch up be­fore. He’s never had to chase some­one down who’s mov­ing. With all power punch­ers, they’ve got to set their feet. He can’t land power punches on the move. He’s got to stand still and that’s some­thing I don’t do. Don’t get me wrong – he’s a tough fight for any­body. Peo­ple think it’ll be this big war, but it will be a chess match, cagey early on.”

It has been quite a come­back by

Fury over the past year, a re­turn from de­pres­sion, from binge­ing on al­co­hol and drugs, los­ing more than

9st af­ter be­com­ing obese. But there is a new calm­ness about him. “I used to put a lot of pres­sure on my­self but now I don’t. What have I got to lose? I’ve come back from want­ing to com­mit sui­cide and 28 stone, to as fit as a fid­dle and in a great place men­tally. Whether I win or lose a de­ci­sion against Wilder, I’ve al­ready won. “Be­ing the hun­gry chal­lenger, not a cham­pion, gets more out of me. When I’m ex­pected to beat Se­fer Se­feri, Francesco Pianeta or Joe Bloggs, I only do enough to win,” he said of his two come­back fights. “But when you’ve got some­one like Wilder, who is a real chal­lenge, it’s dif­fer­ent. I know I have to be on my met­tle for every se­cond, be­cause he’s so dan­ger­ous.”

The 30-year-old cer­tainly looks in top shape. “For the first time in my ca­reer I didn’t have to lose the weight,” he said. “I just had to work hard, spar, pre­pare the plan, so I’m very happy. It’s my third fight this year. Even go­ing into the Kl­itschko fight I wasn’t this ac­tive. But then again, I didn’t have three years out of ac­tion. You never can tell what will hap­pen in a fight.

“The way I look at it, this is just a box­ing match: two men hav­ing a fight, a gen­tle­man’s sport. We’re both un­beaten fight­ers. I be­lieve I can do ev­ery­thing I need to do. But you can never tell if it’s go­ing to be good enough on the night, un­til you’re in there. As soon as I’m in there for 10 sec­onds I’ll know what will hap­pen, I’ll know if I’m go­ing to win or lose.”

Deon­tay Wilder vs Tyson Fury is live on BT Sport Box Of­fice on Sat­ur­day.

Man on a mis­sion: Tyson Fury says he is al­ready a win­ner af­ter over­com­ing his demons but he wants to beat Deon­tay Wilder

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