The build-up to the hugely-anticipated Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder rematch has seen the reigning American WBC heavyweight champion, Wilder, direct some harsh words at his British challenger in waiting.
Wilder and Tyson Fury will face off in Las Vegas on February 22 with the former’s WBC title on the line. The American has, in the interim, undertaken to instil some fear into the heart of his opponent using some harshly constructed words, or psychology.
“When you get knocked down by someone, you never forget it or how they did it,” said Wilder, speaking on a media conference call on Tuesday, per BBC Sport. “Deep down I feel he’s nervous, very nervous from what happened the first time. When you go in there for a second time it has to be stressful and you definitely can’t sleep at night.”
Wilder is adamant his opponent is worried ahead of the clash and has suggested that Fury’s confidence may have taken a knock, following on from the bout of 14 months ago. “I gave this man a concussion and it will happen again because the head is not meant to be hit, especially by the power of Deontay Wilder, so he has a lot to think about.”
Their bout in December 2018 ended in a controversial draw with the American knocking Fury down twice, although the Englishman also thought he had won. Both men are unbeaten with their draw being the only time they have not won a professional fight.