Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 February 2020

Tyson Fury 'ready for war' and vowing to hit new highs in his rematch against Deontay Wilder

British fighter insists he has never been so focused ahead of heavyweight bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas

Britain's Tyson Fury vowed to deliver a career-best performance in his upcoming heavyweight title rematch with American Deontay Wilder.

The battle of unbeaten fighters for Wilder's WBC crown is a rematch of their thrilling 2018 draw in Los Angeles, when 'The Gypsy King' had to settle for a controversial split decision draw.

While Fury had to haul himself off the canvas twice 14 months ago, he entered the bout not long after ending a two-and-a-half-year exodus from the sport in the wake of his stunning victory over Wladimir Klitschko.

Since the first Wilder fight, the 31-year-old Englishman has beaten Tom Schwarz and Otto Wallin – extending his unbeaten record to 30 fights – and changed trainer from Ben Davison to SugarHill Steward ahead of the rematch at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Fury said: "I have never ever been as focused or ready for one fight as I have been for this fight. I have pulled out all the stops that anyone could ever pull out for a training camp.

"I'm match fit. I'm ready. I'm confident. I'm injury free. I'm ready for a war, one round or 12. Every box has been ticked. We are going to see the best Tyson Fury that Tyson Fury can be."

Fury, the lineal champion, is 29-0 with one drawn and 20 knockouts while Wilder enters 42-0 with one drawn and 41 knockouts.

If he was to defeat Wilder once and for all, it would mean the Manchester-born boxer would finally win the WBC belt, after holding the WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO and The Ring magazine belts after beating Klitschko in November 2015.

"If I beat Deontay Wilder, I'll be the best heavyweight of my era, standing alone," Fury said. "I always like challenges. The WBC is one that has escaped me over the years.

"For whatever reason I have not got my hands on it yet and it would finish off my collection of all the belts out there. It would be nice to finish the collection off for sure."

Despite last time outboxing Wilder, who is unbeaten, the judges' scorecards read 115-111 for Wilder, 114-112 for Fury and 113-113.

"It was almost a blessing in disguise that I didn't get the decision," he said. "I believe I can outbox Deontay Wilder very, very comfortably but the fact of the matter is I believed I outboxed him last time and it is no good me believing it, the judges have to believe it.

"To guarantee a victory, I have got to get a knock-out. I don't want to leave anything unturned this time and I don't want another controversial decision. I want it to be defining either way.

"The mistake I made last time was not making him pay when he was hurt. This time when I get him hurt, I'll throw everything but the kitchen sink at him and he won't know what hit him.

"I learned he can be hit and hurt quite regularly. That's the biggest thing I learned from fighting him. He's a one dimensional fighter and I'm going to prove that.

"I took his best shots and fired them back into him. He's a one trick pony. He's a knockout artist ... but he couldn't finish me.

"It's not when we get put down. It's what happens when we get back up and keep moving forward."

Back in October, Fury stated that he would retire from the sport after three more bouts starting with his second clash with Wilder.

A potential third contest could be on the cards regardless of the result on February 22, but the British fighter is not interested in his legacy.

Instead, he pondered the prospect of being known as the best of his era if he can get the better of the 34-year-old.

Fury said: "When I am finished with boxing, I don't care about legacy, but the fact of the matter is I care about being active and I care about what is happening now.

"I think winning this fight would make me the best of my era. No more to prove.

"Everyone else has been defeated because it's only me and Deontay Wilder who are left unbeaten after 12 years as professionals. It is all on the line for this fight and it is a massive bust to win."

Updated: February 14, 2020 12:48 PM

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