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  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:
 

DEONTAY WILDER


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 Fury.

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

TYSON FURY


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 a row.

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 out.

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 title.

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 right now.

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



 

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