‘There are so many things I can do in the ring that I don’t get credit for’: Deontay Wilder warns Tyson Fury he is no one-hit wonder ahead of their blockbuster showdown in Los Angeles
- Deontay Wilder has warned Tyson Fury he is much more than a knockout artist
- The American believes his boxing skills and ring-craft often get overlooked
- He pointed to his knockout of Luis Ortiz, who he believes underestimated him
- Wilder has also ruled out Fury’s chances of getting to his head before their clash
Deontay Wilder has warned Tyson Fury that he is more than a one-punch stallion, even though that Bronze Bomber of a right hand has knocked out every giant opponent he has faced.
Even at home in America, the WBC world heavyweight champion tends to be regarded as an unskilled mad-cap brawler totally reliant on his sledge-hammer power.
Yet as he prepares to defend his belt against Fury in Los Angeles on December 1, Wilder has defended his ring-craft.
Deontay Wilder has warned rival Tyson Fury that he is more than a one-punch stallion
‘There are so many things I can do in the ring that I don’t get credit for,’ says the man from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. ‘The truth (about my ability) has not been exposed. There is a lot about my boxing that guys overlook. That’s why they get knocked out.’
By way of reference, Wilder issues this reminder of how he survived being badly hurt by Luis Ortiz in the toughest of all his 40 undefeated fights: ‘No-one expected me to knock King Kong out with an uppercut (instead of a hook). Not him, not me.
‘Everything I do is from muscle memory. So if I get in a tough situation like that, the muscles react and I surprise even myself.’
Wilder feels he dispelled doubts over his chin by surviving an onslaught to knockout Luis Ortiz
The WBC world champion also insisted that he will not allow Fury to get into his head
In that fight in New York this March he dispelled doubts about his chin. Ortiz, as probably the second-biggest puncher on the planet behind Wilder, has been studiously avoided by the other top heavyweights and he landed an almighty blow which would have knocked out almost any opponent.
Wilder reeled but rallied for the stoppage, which he mentions by way of a rebuke to Fury’s prediction of a KO in LA.
He also scoffs at suggestions that Manchester’s Gypsy King is unnerving him, as Fury did with Wladimir Klitschko before his shock victory over the long-reigning world champion.
The Gypsy King has been training hard in California ahead of their December 1 showdown
Wilder said: ‘I know he is trying to get into my head. It won’t happen. Tyson doesn’t understand what kind of a special person he is getting into the ring with. I’m a leader of men.
‘I’m not a great speaker. I may put words and phrases in the wrong place. But when I walk into a room full of people the energy is great and they listen.
‘My presence says it all. I speak from the heart and you can’t go wrong with that. I’m loved everywhere I go. I’m a symbol of love.’
How does he rationalise that with rendering other human beings unconscious? He cites his upbringing, saying: ‘My dad is a pastor. As was my grandmother before she passed away.
‘I grew up in a very religious family. I was sheltered. We weren’t allowed to listen to R&B or rap. We barely watched cable. My daddy used to tell us “I whup you because I love you.” Now in this sport we whup each other because we love each other. It’s called respect.’
Wilder v Fury will be televised live, late on Saturday night December 1 on BT Sports Box Office
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