Tyson Fury admits he will get beaten by Deontay Wilder in their third fight if he does not keep a ‘strict’ lifestyle in the build-up to the rematch.
Fury beat Wilder in seven rounds to win the WBC heavyweight title in February but the Bronze Bomber has already indicated that he wants to activate his rematch clause, which gives him an opportunity to get the belt back.
Fury dominated Wilder during their second fight in Las Vegas, with the Gypsy King adopting a far more aggressive strategy with his new trainer Javan ‘Sugar Hill’ Steward.
But Fury concedes that he risks being knocked out by Wilder if he fails to take the rematch seriously.
‘What happens if I get knocked spark out by Wilder in the rematch?’ Fury told iFL TV.
‘If the lockdown finishes and the coronavirus gets a vaccine and the world goes back to normal, then I can see two fights with Joshua next year, for sure. Providing I get past Deontay Wilder this year, which is not a given considering when you’ve been beat for the first time in your life it can do two things to you. It can make you break, as we’ve seen many, many times, the bubble bursts, or it can give you that bit between your teeth where you want to get back and smash the guy’s face who beat you.
‘So if I don’t prepare like I did last time for Deontay Wilder, like a trojan warrior, with no diet cokes, no distractions, big Shane [Fury] there, not doing any interviews or nothing, you know how strict it was, then I can’t see myself winning again if I don’t do that strict attitude and strict lifestyle.
‘If I go into this camp taking it Wilder, thinking I’ve already knocked him out, it’s an easy fight, Deontay Wilder will most probably knock me into next week.
‘I’ve got to approach this fight as if I’m still the lineal champion, as if I didn’t beat him the first time or the second time and I’m still very, very hungry. And I’ve got to put on a fantastic display because at this level now there’s no room for error. One mistake could cost you big time.’
Asked if Wilder could do anything differently to beat him in the third fight, Fury replied: ‘I’ve already told Wilder, I’ve told Joshua, I’ve told Ortiz, D Whyte, Klit, I’ve told everybody from my era, the only way to beat the Gypsy King is flatten him so he can’t get back up.
‘What Brendan Ingle said in about 2009, ‘to beat this f****** kid you’ve got to nail the b****** to the canvas and if you don’t do that he’s going to get back up and knock you out’.
‘And that’s how you beat me. It’s very, very simple – land on the chin and keep me down… not so easy.’
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