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Tyson Fury expects more dangerous Deontay Wilder in third fight

Tyson Fury isn’t overlooking Deontay Wilder and his power.

Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Tyson Fury guaranteed a stoppage win when he rematched Deontay Wilder in February, and he delivered against the odds set by the experts and pundits, dominating and stopping Wilder in the seventh round to take the WBC heavyweight title in Las Vegas.

Fury and Wilder are signed to do a third fight sometime — it was originally meant to be July 18, then Oct. 3, but all plans are on hold, and various things are being considered, like a neutral location outside of the United States or United Kingdom.

Fury (30-0-1, 21 KO) will be a clear favorite this time around, one would expect, but Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KO) does have Fury’s respect, despite any trash talk that may have occurred in the past or could again in the future. And Fury isn’t taking Wilder lightly, noting it only takes one punch from his opponent:

“Still a very dangerous opponent, still a very hungry man, who is coming in there to prove his worth, to prove he can come back and become a two-time heavyweight champion. More dangerous than the last fight, for sure.”

Fury has already said he won’t look past Wilder and toward a potential undisputed title fight with Anthony Joshua, so this is consistent. And again, if you’ve listened to Fury enough — and heaven knows we have — he’s always had a healthy respect for Wilder’s power, knowing first-hand the kind of damage he can do. Fury was dropped twice by Wilder in their first bout in 2018.

Whenever Fury-Wilder 3 goes down, it’s still going to be a big fight, and Wilder’s power alone does, indeed, still make him dangerous.

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