Deontay Wilder defeating Tyson Fury in trilogy fight would ‘surprise’ the world but NOT his camp, insists manager Shelly Finkel as he reveals Bronze Bomber is ‘training harder’ than ever and ready to KNOCK OUT the Gypsy King in Las Vegas
- Deontay Wilder is set to fight Tyson Fury for the third time on July 24
- The Gypsy King was set to face Anthony Joshua in a unification bout in August
- However, he has been ordered to fight Wilder by an arbitration judge
- Wilder’s camp expect him to ‘surprise’ the world and stop Fury in Las Vegas
Fury, who was all set to face Anthony Joshua for the undisputed heavyweight championship this autumn, was ordered by an arbitration judge to fight Wilder in a second rematch after stripping him of his WBC title last February.
The two heavyweight rivals are now set to lock horns for a third time at Las Vegas’ new Allegiant Stadium on July 24, putting any potential Battle of Britain between Fury and AJ on the back-burner.
Shelly Finkel (left) is backing Deontay Wilder to stop Tyson Fury in their trilogy bout in July
Wilder is keen for revenge after his seventh round TKO defeat to Fury back in February 2020
Unbeaten boxing star Fury stopped Wilder in brutal fashion in the seventh round the last time they fought, but the American’s manager Shelly Finkel has backed him to defy the odds and exact revenge in their third fight.
In an interview with Sky Sports, Finkel said: ‘He (Wilder) is definitely capable. No excuses, he wasn’t the Deontay we know in that second fight and we’ll be looking to surprise the world.
‘We’re not really that surprised if it happens, but everyone else will and I honestly believe Deontay is going to stop him this time.’
Fury had been scheduled to fight Joshua in Saudi Arabia on August 14 for all the heavyweight belts, but Wilder is now aiming to hijack those plans and put himself in a position to challenge unified champion AJ by inflicting the first defeat of the Gypsy King’s professional career.
Finkel added: ‘That would be the obvious next goal [undisputed fight with Joshua], but we can’t even think there. We have to focus totally on this fight.
‘This is what is in front of him. This is what’s important and this is what Deontay’s goal is. Nothing will be bigger than this, even if he were to then go on and defeat Joshua. This is the biggest thing for him.’
Fury had been set to fight Anthony Joshua but has been ordered to fight Wilder again
Wilder is working with new coach Malik Scott (right) and training ‘harder than ever before’
Wilder has not fought since his one and only career defeat against Fury in Las Vegas in February 2020 but is back in training with new coach Malik Scott and ‘working harder’ than ever.
‘If he can’t beat Fury the way he’s planned to do it now, then he just can’t beat the guy, but I believe he will. I’ve seen things before, and I’ve seen the way it is now,’ Finkel said.
‘I also remember, there was only one time he was the underdog and that was the first [Bermane] Stiverne fight, and he got disciplined and he did what he had to do. I think he just believed that there was no way that Fury could beat him, and it disrupted his equilibrium, I guess is the best way to say it.
‘He had a lot of things he thought about. I think he should have not said them. He did, he meant them but now he’s more, “Okay, now I’ve got to just prove it. I can’t talk,” and that’s what he’s going to do.’