Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury II
Los Angeles Press Conference
Photos: Scott Kirkland - FOX Sports
Unbeaten WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay ďThe
Bronze BomberĒ Wilder and undefeated lineal champion
Tyson ďThe Gypsy KingĒ Fury continued their war of words
and previewed their much anticipated rematch at a Los
Angeles press conference on Monday before they square
off Saturday, February 22 in a historic, joint FOX
Sports PPV & ESPN+ PPV from the MGM Grand Garden Arena
in Las Vegas.
Wilder vs. Fury II will come 14 months after their
thrilling first fight that saw Wilder retain the title
via split draw, after Fury miraculously rose from a 12th
round knockdown to finish the fight. It is one of the
most memorable moments in recent heavyweight history,
and on February 22 the two undefeated titans will take
their war of words back into the ring to stake their
claim as the best heavyweight in the world.
The charismatic stars put their magnetic personalities
on display at the press conference, each laying claim to
a rightful victory in their first contest, while also
declaring their intent on finishing the rematch with an
emphatic knockout victory. Here is what the press
conference participants had to say Monday from The Novo
by Microsoft at L.A. Live:
ďItís great to be back for another big event. This is
the biggest title fight of this era for sure and I canít
wait. Iím always in my element. Iím always in the zone.
Right now I just canít wait for February 22.
ďMy body feels like its walking into the sixth week of
camp instead of the third week. Itís been amazing to
have the quick turnaround after the Ortiz fight in
November. Iím coming in shape. I put shape on top of
shape and itís allowed me to prepare even harder for
ďWe all know in rematches Iím always sharp because Iíve
been in there before and I know what my opponent is
capable of doing and what they plan on doing. Iím
prepared more than ever for this fight.
ďI knocked him out the first time we fought. I told him
two years ago I was going to baptize him. Rising up is
part of the baptism. But this a different story. This is
unfinished business. Because heís in WWE Iím going to
make sure he gets knocked out of the ring, I might even
come down with a flying elbow from the top rope.
ďFury not wanting the rematch me immediately definitely
made this fight bigger. We had two warmups. I had a lot
more dangerous road than he had though. He played it
safe, while I went to the mountain top and climbed it.
Iím building for my legacy.
ďIf he beat me, then why all the new trainers? Every day
it changes. Firing and hiring. He wants to talk about
being out of shape the first time, but he was in great
shape. He spent 100,000 pounds on all those camps. I
still to this day have the same people with me and I
donít need to change it.
ďWhen youíre facing power thereís no way around it. You
canít prepare for that. You just have to hope that when
it lands, it doesnít do that much damage. He doesnít
even know how he got on the ground or how he got up in
the first fight. Heís been dealing with feeling ever
since the end of the first fight.
ďIím going to do exactly what I said I would do. Iím
going to knock him out. Iím the lion. Iím the king of
the jungle. Iím going to rip his head off his body.
Everyone sit tight and buckle up. Itís going to be a fun
ride on the way to giving everyone the best fight youíve
seen in your lives.
ďThis is a major fight for the public and everyone
should be excited. It doesnítí get any better than this.
Two giants and two champions, putting it all on the line
for everyoneís entertainment. Weíre leaving it all in
the ring to see who is the king.
ďThereís so many things that go through my head as I
take my time to adjust and time my opponentís movements.
Iím building the data I need to set him up for that
perfect punch. Thereís a lot of things that come with
skills. Not just the average fundamentals. There are a
lot of different things and thatís what makes boxing
what it is. My ring IQ is very high and thatís how I set
them up. I know everything he wants to do. He gave me
100% of him already.
ďHe believes in his heart that heíll knock me out. I
always teach people to speak it, believe it and receive
it. The magic of it all is in the belief. Though heís
saying those things, I donít feel in his energy that he
believes that. I feel like heís nervous because of what
happened the first time.
ďI just learned from the first fight that I need to be
calmer. Iím going to be a lot more patient in this
fight, just like in the second Luis Ortiz fight. The
object of boxing is to win, not just to win rounds. And
I win in devastating fashion.Ē
ďThe consensus is either he knocks me out, or I win on
points. Usually when people have that opinion, it goes
the opposite way around. Expect him to box and me to be
looking for the knockout.
ďHe thinks Iím going to come out herky-jerky with my
famous style, but I want him to meet me in the center of
the ring and have a slugfest, best man wins. I didnít
have the gas to finish him in the last fight, but this
time I can turn that screwdriver until heís gone. Letís
make it a Marvin Hagler vs. Tommy Hearns type of fight.
Iíll meet you Inthe middle of the ring on February 22.
Just watch out for the right hand, because youíre going
to sleep in two rounds.
ďWe finally have the rematch and I canít remember a
bigger heavyweight fight in a long time. Maybe Lennox
Lewis vs. Mike Tyson was the last big one like this and
that was another U.S. vs. U.K. showdown.
ďDeontay Wilder hasnít been returning my calls or
messages since I beat him last time. Heís trying to keep
his distance. He didnít want to be around me so I can
get in his head. But I donít think you can really get in
anyoneís head. At the end of the end of the day, itís
just talk. It doesnít really matter what we say. It
matters what happens on February 22.
ďWhatís going to happen in this fight is that Iím going
to get what I rightfully won last time. Iím going to get
the green belt and keep my lineal title. And if he wants
to rematch me after, Iíll beat him again. Iíve already
beat him once, and I know I can beat him three times in
ďIím going to win, thatís what I do. Deontay Wilder can
make all the excuses he wants to make. Everyone on his
team can tell him he won that fight, but as a fighting
man, you know when you win and lose a fight. Iím going
to go out there give him a boxing lesson and knock him
ďYouíre never a finished article, you can always
improve. I like to keep freshening things up every now
and again. I donít make excuses. I won fair and square
and we get to do it again. Iím ready for a fight today.
ďIím the best of my era and I took that title from
Wladimir Klitschko. Nobody disputed he was the best and
I took that from him, until someone beats me, thatís my
ďHeís going to try to and the right hand. If Iím stupid
enough to get hit with it, I deserve to lose. I hit the
floor twice in the first fight, but itís all about how
you respond, Iím a fighting man. If he canít finish me,
Iím going to eat him up.
ďIím looking for a knockout. Thatís why I hired
Sugarhill. He gets you to sit down on that big right
hand. Thatís what Iím looking for. Thereís the game
plan. If I wasnít looking for a knockout, I would have
sharpened up what I did in the last fight. Iím not
coming for that. Iím looking for my 21st knockout.
ďWhen I get him in there again, Iím going to make him
feel the fury. Iíve never been as sure of anything in my
whole life. As sure as I was this morning putting this
suit on. 100 percent he canít win Heís got a puncherís
chance like anyone else. Iím much sharper and more fit
now. Iím ready to rumble right now. I hope he train hard
and goes to bed sleeping thinking about me.Ē
TOM BROWN, President of TGB Promotions
ďOn February 22, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, itís
going to be bombs away. We have two superstars here. The
best two heavyweights in the world. Both fighters are
going to show a lot of passion at this press conference
and all the way leading up to this fight because there
is so much at stake.
ďThese are the best in boxing. There is nothing like a
big heavyweight championship fight. We have the
undefeated hardest punching, the most feared heavyweight
in the world and I believe one of the all-time great
heavyweights in Deontay Wilder.
ďThere is a reason Fury and his team didnít want the
immediate rematch right after the first fight. Heís
taken a couple of tune-up fights instead because he felt
that power on December 1. Thatís not going to change
this time, he can just ask Luis Ortiz.
I was lucky enough to promote the first fight and I
believe we have something special in this rematch. I
look forward to a fantastic fight on February 22 and
weíll see everyone there.Ē
TODD DUBOEF, President of Top Rank
ďWe talk about boxing having a renaissance, but itís
really about the heavyweight division. Thatís what is
going to create that renaissance more than anything
ďTyson is so true, so gritty and he backs it up with
everything he does. When you combine it with Deontay
Wilder, you have two great personalities. This is really
the beginning of the next super heavyweight run for the
sport of boxing.Ē
SUGARHILL STEWARD, Furyís Trainer
ďThis fight here is one of those fights that you donít
want to miss. The first one was one not to miss as well
and Iím sure you all watched the replay. You have two
great champions here going at each other. Both fighters
left the ring still undefeated last time and still
wanting to settle the store. On February 22, the score
will be settled.
ďThe heavyweight division is still the biggest and most
powerful division in boxing. It always will be. Everyone
wants to see the fighters throwing the big blows. Wilder
is one of the hardest hitters in history and Tyson is
one of the best boxers. Iím happy to be training. with
Tyson Fury. Itís been about 10 years since we trained
together. He trained with me and Emanuel Steward and Iím
here to complete what Emmanuel started.Ē