We’re just 10 days away from finding out who will be the WBC heavyweight champion of the world: Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury.
The pair met at the close of 2018 and fought to a legendary draw, but Fury has now almost completely revamped his team for the rematch.
Many boxing fans felt that Fury won the first fight and the late knockdown got Wilder out of jail. Many fans felt the same in his pair of bouts with Luis Ortiz before the Cuban was ultimately knocked out.
Wilder possesses that game-changing power and boxing legend Manny Pacquiao says his strength is a big factor.
In fact, his intent to finish every fight – which Wilder has done in 41 of his 42 victories – reminds him of Mike Tyson.
“I like Wilder because of that power and he is always looking to get the knockout,” said Pacquiao, who won the WBA welterweight title against Keith Thurman in his most recent fight. “Wilder makes exciting fights. He gives the people a good fight all the time.
“He reminds me of [former undisputed heavyweight champion] Mike Tyson because when he hits people [they go out].
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“In boxing, it’s an advantage if you are a good boxer, but when you have a strong opponent like Wilder, it can change your style.
“It changes your focus because you have to worry about that power. Strength is a big factor.”
Wilder has been criticised in the past for his supposed lack of pure, technical boxing skills.
However, no one can deny he has one of, if not the, hardest punch in the sport, and the threat of a knockout is always looming large for whoever is in the ring with Wilder.
To take him the distance, it’s a big ask to avoid one of his big right hands all that time. From Fury’s perspective, he’s saying he won’t need to do that because he’s going to knock Wilder out.
The current WBC champion doesn’t think that’s very smart from his opponent.
“We haven’t seen his power displayed like he’s talking about,” Wilder said. “It hasn’t been continuous, like mine. I think he has pillows as fists. That’s what I felt in our last fight.
“With the strategies that he’s talking about, I don’t really know how to take it. I don’t know if he’s trying to throw me off my game by saying he’s going to knock me out.”