Wilder vs. Fury II Special Attraction
Press Event At Fox Studios
Photos: Mikey Williams - Top Rank
Unbeaten WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay ďThe
Bronze BomberĒ Wilder and undefeated lineal heavyweight
champion Tyson ďThe Gypsy KingĒ Fury continued their war
of words at a special attraction press event on Saturday
at FOX Studios in Los Angeles, as they near their highly
anticipated showdown taking place Saturday, February 22
in a historic, joint FOX Sports PPV & ESPN+ PPV from the
MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The two gargantuan heavyweights traded words and shared
updates on training camp leading up to one of the most
heavily awaited fights in recent memory. A large media
contingent was on hand to watch the undefeated titans
square off once again, less than one month before they
will finally meet in the ring to settle the score, 14
months after their unforgettable first clash.
Here is what the fighters had to say Saturday in Los
ďThings are going amazing. Iím the happiest Iíve ever
been in my life. To come from where I come from, itís
amazing to be here. When you get a happy Deontay Wilder
in training camp, you can definitely expect great things
from me. Thatísí what Iím going to give you.
ďWe havenít seen his power displayed like heís been
talking about. It hasnít been continuous, like mine. I
think he has pillows as fists. Thatís what I felt in our
ďWith the strategies that heís talking about, I donít
really know how to take it. I donít know if heís trying
to throw me off my game by saying heís going to knock me
out. But itís exciting to hear and Iím looking forward
to February 22.
ďEverything on his body is a target, not just his cut.
Everything that is permissible for me to hit, Iím going
to hit it.
ďWhen you fight someone like me, itís a mistake to
tinker around with your training camp. Iím unpredictable
in that ring. When you have too many opinions and too
many people who think they have the remedy, it usually
ďI think this win will be more special than the others.
Because of the history that we have, with that
controversial draw. I consider Tyson a brother of this
era, especially in the heavyweight division. The other
fighters donít want to let themselves loose and have
fun. Weíre both able to enjoy what we do day after day.
Because when the bell rings, anything can happen.
ďFighting a guy like Fury, you have to be careful. Time
goes by so fast in the ring. Youíre trying to do
everything that you prepared for. With what he brings to
the table with his boxing skills, you have to have some
awareness of the clock. But with my power, itís his job
to really watch the clock and try to avoid me for 36
ďWe both have to come in like we did the first fight,
with our hearts on our sleeves and the warrior mentality
that we always bring. When you get to this point, the
scenery itself makes for a great fight. We all know when
I come to fight, I donít play around. We can play around
here today, but weíre going to have that killer
mentality in the ring.Ē
ďIím born ready. Iím feeling good in training camp.
Everything has been going really well. Thereís no
injuries or excuses. Itís all dedication and sacrifice,
one day after another.
ďThe first fight I wanted to go in there and out box
him. It didnít work. No matter what people say, I didnít
win. I count a draw as a loss.
ďWeíre giant heavyweights. Iíve had 20 knockouts, so Iím
very capable of knocking people out. When you
underestimate someone elseís power, you usually end up
unstuck. Whether Iím a great puncher or not, I donít
believe anybody else can match me with heart and
determination. Iím going to put my iron will on Deontay
ďI felt that I needed to get an edge in this fight. Itís
not personal with me and my trainers, cutmen and
nutritionists. Itís business. If I think someone else is
going to improve my business, Iíll do it.
ďHow do you beat a massive puncher? You have to back him
up. He gets massive leverage in those long arms while
coming forward. I have to put him on the back foot and
make him absorb some of my power.
ďIím the Gypsy King. Thereís only been one and thereís
only likely to be one going forward. Thatís one belt
that Deontay Wilder canít ever win.
ďHe had a great performance against Ortiz. He did what
he was supposed to do. He knocks guys out. He was
relaxed and calm under the pressure. I was impressed.
Not by the knockout, but by the way he was conducting
himself under pressure.
ďIím always real. Deontay Wilder has knocked out 43
opponents in a row. Even if I hate this guy, I respect
that. He has amazing power and his name is up there with
all-time greats. Heís a great puncher who gets the job