Tyson Fury appears to be very much ready for his much-delayed October 9 showdown with Deontay Wilder, saying he could knock the American out on three days’ notice and weighing 400lbs.
‘The Gypsy King’, who did once slim down from that size to return to the ring in 2018, is clearly itching to get back into the ring after a 20-month absence.
That trilogy meeting with Wilder is finally set to go down in a few short days at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas (BT Sport Box Office PPV in the UK, FOX and ESPN in the U.S.).
The latest delay for this one came in the summer, when Fury himself contracted COVID, scuppering a July 24 date.
Fury in feisty mood
Was the extra time to prepare useful for the WBC, Ring magazine and lineal heavyweight king? Well, it sounds like he didn’t really need it.
Talking to Chris Mannix on ‘The Volume’ podcast, he said: “I didn’t use it, I took a month off after I got COVID. Why do I need to prepare for a bum like Wilder anyway?
“I could fight him on three days notice at f***ing 400lbs and still knock the p***y out. Piece of s**t bum f***stick – that’s what Wilder is.
“I don’t even know if you can swear on this f***ing interview but I’m going all out!”
Feisty stuff then from Fury, who has been massively frustrated by the delay in getting the fight on. Remember he was supposed to meet Wilder in their third fight back in 2020. He had earlier drawn with ‘The Bronze Bomber’ in December 2018, then stopped him in seven one-sided rounds in their Vegas rematch in February 2020.
Wilder a dangerous foe
Fury – who will start a clear favourite to maintain his unbeaten record, knows that the big-punching Wilder is still a dangerous opponent.
He also knows that victory could re-ignite the potential of an all-British unification showdown with Anthony Joshua. Assuming of course AJ comes through the defence of his IBF, WBA and WBO titles against Oleksandr Usyk in London on Saturday night.