Heavyweight legends Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis have shared their forecast for the Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder WBC heavyweight title fight.
Fury and Wilder will head to the Staples Center in Los Angeles this Saturday for a match dubbed as the boxing fight of the year and the biggest heavyweight showdown on US soil since the Lewis-Klitschko fight in 2003. Tyson and Lewis have given their take on this interesting match up and both believe that this fight could go either way.
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Who Will Remain Undefeated?
Fury is coming off a two-fight winning streak since returning to the ring after being sidelined more than two years. The 30-year old Briton is confident that he will dethrone his American foe come Saturday as he is stronger and wiser now compared to the Wladimir Klitschko bout.
“If I didn’t think I could defeat Deontay Wilder, I wouldn’t be here. I live in a nice house, I’ve got a beautiful family, but if we had to move out of that house into a trailer and have nothing, I would prefer to do that than to go into this fight just for money knowing I can’t win. I’m not the same. I’m better now than I was when I fought Klitschko. I’ve got more experience, I move better, I’m stronger and wiser.”
Wilder, meanwhile, claimed that he has transformed himself into a killer ahead of this fight, claiming that nothing about his challenger scares him.
“I’m feeling wonderful. My mindset and body have changed. I don’t want anyone to ask me about Anthony Joshua. He was a coward and that’s that. I don’t have a message to Anthony Joshua, it’s all about Tyson Fury. I feel like a killer. I’m transformed into a killer. Nothing at all that concerns me or scares me about Fury. I’m the best in the world.”
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) November 29, 2018
Boxing Legends Made Their Prediction
Days before Wilder defend his title against Fury, some boxing legends have made their prediction for the Saturday tussle. The three-time world heavyweight champion, Lewis, called this bout the “most-unpredictable showdown” while the legendary boxer, Tyson, believed that it would be a close call though Fury has a big chance to pull off an upset.
Check out the predictions of some boxing stars for the Fury-Wilder fight:
“Although Wilder’s punch is strong, nothing can compare to the mental strength Fury has shown both in and out of the ring. It’ll be a close call, but I think Fury’s got a true fighting chance.” -Mike Tyson
“If it goes the distance then it belongs to Tyson Fury. If it’s a short fight it will belong to Deontay Wilder. This is an epic and most-unpredictable showdown. I can’t wait for this fight.” -Lennox Lewis
The two former heavyweight champions from the US, George Foreman and Riddick Bowe, picked ‘The Bronze Bomber’ as their winner. Luis Ortiz Jr and Chris Arreola also think that Wilder has this fight on his bag.
“I am a big fan of Deontay Wilder and I was impressed with Tyson Fury and how he avoided the big shots against Wladimir Klitschko. I can see him going 12 rounds with Wilder because of his height and reach. The great thing about this fight is that we’re all talking about it. I think Wilder wins a close decision.” -Foreman
“If Wilder comes out and means business then he should beat Fury with ease. My prediction is Wilder by knockout!”-Bowe
“If Fury decides he wants to dip and dive and move, then he can extend the fight. But it’s all up to Wilder. If Fury decides he wants to come to the middle of the ring and fight, then it’s going to be over quick. Wilder is going to catch him. Prediction: Wilder by KO.”-Ortiz
“I think Wilder fighting Ortiz and now Fury back-to-back gives the fans exciting fights. I like both Wilder and Fury, but for this fight, I am leaning slightly toward Wilder to win.” -Arreola
Wilder is billed as the favourite to win this match but Fury is very much capable of an upset. Can Wilder live up to expectations? Or will Fury repeat his awe-inspiring performance in his 2015 fight against Klitschko? This is going to be an all-out war.
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder)