Britain's Tyson Fury has told WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder he will put the American into 'permanent retirement' when they fight for the second time in Las Vegas on Saturday. Photo: Isaac Brekken/AP Photo
Britain's Tyson Fury has told WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder he will put the American into 'permanent retirement' when they fight for the second time in Las Vegas on Saturday. Photo: Isaac Brekken/AP Photo

Fury and Wilder trading barbs before blows in heavyweight rematch

Time of article published Feb 21, 2020

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LONDON – Britain's Tyson Fury has told WBC heavyweight champion

Deontay Wilder he will put the American into 'permanent retirement'

when they fight for the second time in Las Vegas on Saturday. 

The pair had to be separated as they tried to out-muscle each other

with a trade of pushes at their press conference this week before

Saturday's bout at the MGM Grand Arena. 

After the exchange, Fury shouted: "He was like a featherweight when I

pushed him across the room. You're knees are shaking, you are the

challenger, you're here to make numbers for me." 

In the first fight they had in Los Angeles in 2018, Fury climbed off

the canvas twice, including a dramatic rise from being seemingly

unconscious in the 12th round to earn a draw. 

The former heavyweight champion, who dethroned Wladimir Klitschko to

win the WBA, WBO and IBF titles in 2015, says Wilder's days as WBC

(World Boxing Council) champion are numbered. 

"This is a big act for him," said Fury. 

"He is nervous underneath, I can see his heart beating through his

jumper, he is terrified and he is getting knocked out."

After beating Klitschko in 2015, Fury was forced into a three-year

break due to issues with drug abuse, alcohol and excessive weight

gain that almost led to suicide. 

"I found you when you were strung out on coke, as big as a house and

contemplating killing yourself," blasted Wilder live on stage at the

MGM. 

"I brought you back, put food on your table. I brought you to

big-time boxing. I rehabilitated him back. And I'm doing it for a

second time. Don't you forget that."

Fury immediately responded to that remark by saying: "He is spouting

rubbish saying he gave me an opportunity."

The British heavyweight added that Wilder should show him more

gratitude after helping him earn a big pay day in their first

meeting. 

"I gave him the biggest payday of his life," Fury added. " (I)

brought him to Las Vegas and this is how he thanks me. He has a lot

of appreciation for someone who put millions in his account."

Fury, who is unbeaten in 30 fights, is only the second fighter to

last the full 12-round distance with Wilder as "the bronze bomber"

has a powerful reputation with 41 knock-outs from 42 victories. 

However, Fury is certain of becoming a two-time champion on Saturday

by telling Wilder to "hold on to my belt for me, keep it nice and

clean." 

"In round 12 last time when I went at him, he couldn't contain me,"

Fury continued. "If I do that from round one he will be gassed out by

round five."

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