Friday, 08 October 2021 08:09

Is the Gypsy King ready for trilogy fight after chaotic camp?

Staff Reporter.

Tyson Fury believes Deontay Wilder is the most dangerous fighter in the heavyweight division and would beat any other rival, including Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua.

Fighting Wilder a third time - in Las Vegas on Saturday - is like messing around, "clipping wires on an atomic bomb" according to Fury.

Facing a wounded Wilder is a dangerous task, even if it is not the fight WBC champion Fury or the fans were hoping for.

The Briton's preparation, however, has been far from ideal.

The original summer fight date was scrapped when Fury contracted Covid-19 and was quickly rescheduled for October. Fury then had to rush home to the UK to be with his wife Paris when she went into labour with her sixth child with Fury, Athena, who spent several days in an intensive care unit.

To say it's been a chaotic few months for Fury is an understatement.

With all that has happened, it is not hard to see why some might have questions about Fury's readiness for this fight. And he cannot afford even a moment's lapse of concentration against the Bronze Bomber.

"Wilder's tailor-made to be his most dangerous and best opponent," said Fury's coach Sugarhill Steward - the man who masterminded the devastating performance against Wilder in the rematch 20 months ago.

So is Fury ready for an apparently rejuvenated and refocused Wilder?

Fury pokes fun at suggestions he is not prepared for Wilder, or that he is not fully fit.

"Am I 100%? I'm a million percent. Look at me, I'm in fantastic shape. I'm as fit as a fiddle," Fury said. "I'm ready today, tomorrow and forever. I'll always be ready and I'll never make excuses, because that's not me."

Fury had to undergo a lengthy quarantine on his return to the UK so he could be with Paris when she had baby Athena on 8 August.

The fighter released a heartfelt message when Athena had to spend time in intensive care.

"It's a stressful time, babies and complications," Fury said, but he downplayed the effect it might have on his preparations for Wilder.

"Camp is usual, I live a training camp lifestyle," he said. "I've been training myself like in the Rocky movie. Like I said, what I don't know about boxing ain't worth knowing."

Frank Warren linked up with Fury when he was at his home in Morecambe and offered a positive insight into the heavyweight's mindset after such a stressful time.

"The only concern I had was when his daughter was in trouble," Fury's co-promoter said.

"It was quite awful times. With the baby, who cares about boxing? That takes over.

"When I saw him in person he was in a tremendous place. Physically there was a problem before where he would balloon up between fights - he's fixed that problem. Mentally he's now on the money. When he's like that, he's a dangerous guy in the ring."