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Shelly Finkel: Wilder-Fury rematch a stronger fight than Anthony Joshua

Deontay Wilder thinks he’ll have an easier time against Tyson Fury in the rematch.

With Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury fighting to a controversial draw last night in Los Angeles (what draw isn’t controversial?), there’s already talk about a rematch between the two.

Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KO) said right after the fight that he guaranteed he’d get Fury (27-0-1, 19 KO) out in a rematch, and said more of the same in his post-fight press conference.

“It’ll definitely be easier for me to hit him, because I’ll be more patient in throwing my punches,” Wilder said. “Because when I replay it — when I was in the fight, when I was overshooting myself, I could feel it.

“When I was shooting my right hand, it ain’t like he was ducking out of the way, he was right here in the pocket. And I’m, like, ‘Why am I overshooting my punches?’ I was too anxious. I wanted to really get him out of there. I think my emotion got the best of me. I wanted to just really get him out of there and some of the game plan went out the window, and I resorted to just trying to knock him out.”

Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel said he thinks a rematch with Fury is bigger and more likely than a fight between Wilder and Anthony Joshua.

“At this moment, we don’t know what is coming next. If this other promoter calls tomorrow like he said, we’ll hear. If not, it’s fine,” Finkel said.

“I believe the fight right now with Fury is the stronger fight and probably more logical to happen, because, look, he still dropped the guy twice. That last round, I was surprised he got up. I ran to the corner as thought it was over. And I’m not sure that the other side is still not afraid of him.”

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