TYSON FURY reckons Deontay Wilder is a more dangerous fighter heading into their trilogy bout – as he has more to prove.
For the first time in his 44-bout career, 34-year-old Wilder will prepare for a fight as a beaten heavyweight, having suffered his first professional loss in February.
The 2008 Olympic bronze medalist was dominated, and twice dropped, before surrendering his WBC title to Fury in Las Vegas.
But ahead of their contracted third fight, the Gypsy King has warned to expect a hungrier Wilder – out for redemption and a point to prove.
He told Sky Sports: "Heavyweight boxing takes one punch. Dismantle Deontay Wilder? It only takes one punch off Deontay Wilder.
"Still a very dangerous opponent, still a very hungry man, who is coming in there to prove his worth, to prove he can come back and become a two-time heavyweight champion.
"More dangerous than the last fight, for sure.
"Do you know what? It's just a boxing match. It's a boxing match, I don't look at it like anything else. You win some, you lose some. You never can tell."
Their trilogy was due to take place in July, but the coronavirus pandemic looks to have backdated it until the end of the year.
It allows Wilder – who blamed the defeat on his 45lb ring walk costume – to rest and recover having undergone bicep surgery after the loss.
Promoter Bob Arum has already revealed the rematch looks destined to take place outside of the US or UK – naming China as a potential wildcard host.
But Fury, unbeaten in 31 fights, insisted it does not matter where the fight takes place.
He said: "I'll get over there, nice and early, eight to 10 weeks beforehand. Put in a good, gruelling training camp.
"Hopefully I'll be injury-free and we'll go out there and dance beneath the stars, in front of the world after the coronavirus.
"It's out of everybody's hands, apart from people who are running the world, and unfortunately, I'm not one of those, and I'm glad I'm not because that job is difficult. Much more difficult than taking punches in the face for money."
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