Tyson Fury might want the rematch against Deontay Wilder but his family definitely don’t, according to the US boxer.
The pair fought to a contentious draw in December – with many believing Fury was cheated out of victory and the WBC heavyweight world title. Both camps say rematch discussions are well underway, with it likely to take part in the early part of next year.
But according to Wilder, Fury’s family aren’t too keen on their hero going back in for round two. And THAT devastating 12th-round knockdown is one of the main reasons why.
Wilder said: “Second time the bell rings, I’m going to knock him out, but even faster. He’s not getting up this time, I promise you. When I hit Tyson Fury he had a concussion. He didn’t know how he got up. He didn’t know how he got dropped or how he got up – that’s a sign of a concussion. His family don’t want him to fight me again and I understand, they shouldn’t. Because I am the hardest puncher in probably the history, period.
“I’m blessed with the power [and] I just know where to hit you. And if people always don’t think I have boxing skills, how do I set a person up if I don’t have these skills?”
The 6ft 7in American said: “I never go in feeling like I have to knock anyone out. I don’t want to put that added pressure on myself. I don’t want to start that ‘I have to knock him out’ rumour or energy in my head. A win is a win, whether it is pretty or ugly. I don’t regret not getting the finish, it was a controversial fight and controversy sells. It was a good fight the first time and it will be even better the second time.”Photo Credit: Getty