Wilder: I’ll show Fury my strength

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - Sport -

DEON­TAY Wilder has warned Tyson Fury he is gravely mis­taken if he believes his ten­sion at Wed­nes­day’s pre-fight press con­fer­ence means he is run­ning scared.

Wilder lost his com­po­sure while the smil­ing, re­laxed Fury spoke over him at the fi­nal press con­fer­ence for tonight’s fight at Los An­ge­les’ Sta­ples Cen­ter, lead­ing to the two fight­ers and their en­tourages hav­ing to be sep­a­rated after a con­fronta­tion.

To the neu­tral ob­server, the WBC heavy­weight champion cut an un­set­tled fig­ure, and the 30-year-old Fury de­parted con­vinced he had suc­ceeded in un­nerv­ing his op­po­nent, even in­sist­ing Wilder had at­tempted to jeop­ar­dise their fight.

Wilder had re­gard­less been sim­i­larly an­gry before one of his finest vic­to­ries, over Ber­mane Stiverne, and he said: “If Fury’s team think all that stuff was a sign of weak­ness then I can­not wait to show them strength on Sat­ur­day. They know it was not weak­ness; they just needed some­thing to say.

“I’m not afraid to lose my un­beaten record. We all want to stay un­de­feated, but I do not dwell on it. I can lose and come back. Look at (Muham­mad) Ali and oth­ers who lost and came back. Peo­ple want to see you lose to see how you come back. Peo­ple want to see you start back at the ground and re­build.

“Peo­ple don’t like win­ners, they get tired of them. When you are con- fi­dent and bold peo­ple want to see you lose; I know peo­ple want to see me lose.

“Do not mis­con­strue my mind­set; this is not for the cam­eras, this is real, I could not care less. For ten years I have been do­ing this so why should I care now? I have a job on Sat­ur­day night and I am great at it. I can­not wait to pro­vide my ser­vice.

“My mind­set is like no other. I was ready two weeks ago, I didn’t even need this. I beat (Luis) Or­tiz after the worst camp of my life.”

Vic­tory over Fury could also make a fight be­tween Wilder and IBF, WBA and WBO champion An­thony Joshua the rich­est fight in the world, but the Amer­i­can in­sists a re­match with Fury re­mains like­lier.

“The AJ fight is up to them, they have to stop be­ing cow­ards, we are mov­ing on from him,” the 33-yearold said. “If it’s a great fight and fans want to see the re­match then why not? Why not give a great fighter an­other op­por­tu­nity?

“I will prob­a­bly end up giv­ing him a sec­ond op­por­tu­nity before any of th­ese so-called best give (Fury) even one op­por­tu­nity be­cause they are wor­ried about their clean records.

“Hold­ing on to an un­de­feated record is not what makes this sport great.”

Al Bello/ Getty Im­ages

Amer­ica’s Deon­tayWilder, pic­tured,fights Bri­tain’s Tyson Furytonight

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