Tyson Fury declares himself a harder puncher than Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua

By Donagh Corby

Tyson Fury has declared himself the hardest-hitting heavyweight in modern boxing history.

The world heavyweight champion is known more for his sleek skillset, as opposed to his heavy hands, but he did brutally stop Deontay Wilder in their rematch last year.

And ahead of the trilogy between the pair, which takes place on October 9, Fury has declared himself to be the harder puncher, despite may experts' belief that Wilder's punching power is the most fearsome in boxing today.

Wilder dropped Fury twice during their first fight in December 2018, but couldn't get close during their seven-rounds in February of last year.

And speaking with BT Sport to announce their plans to broadcast the trilogy on pay-per-view next month, Fury stopped host Rob Armstrong when he suggested that Wilder was the heaviest hitter in the sport.

"He was the biggest puncher in history, but I knocked him out," Fury declared.

Tyson Fury believes he is a harder puncher than Wilder (REUTERS/Steve Marcus)

"I'm the biggest and toughest puncher, he's only a threat in somebody's nightmares but not to me.

"They've always got a puncher's chance but so has every heavyweight out there - when I say I'm going to annihilate him, what did I say last time?

"I said I was going to drop him, knock him out, smash him and I did."

And Fury has promised an even quicker stoppage of the American than their last outing, having handily defeated him in the seventh round of their rematch.

"This time, I'm going to absolutely obliterate him," Fury continued.

"It ain't going to seven rounds this time, I'm going to get him out of there nice and quick so Frank [Warren] and I can go on the drink afterwards."

Wilder has switched up his camp for the trilogy, replacing Mark Breland after he threw in the towel with former opponent Malik Scott.

But Fury doesn't believe that there is anything the American can do to make up for the disparity that has been displayed between the two after 19 rounds of boxing over their two world title bouts.

“In the last seven years I’ve had two years back and five off so there are no miles on the clock,” he said.

“I actually feel sorry for Wilder. He’s had time to get over the beating, has a new trainer, more bag carriers and yes men.

“I think he will come in fired up, but after one round he will realise he’s back where he started.

“It he couldn’t beat me after three years out and 10 stone weight loss, he never will."

Wilder forced through the third fight through arbitration despite the fact that Fury had agreed to terms on a deal to fight Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia on August 14.

And the pair's originally scheduled July 24 fight date had to be postponed due to an outbreak of coronavirus in Fury's camp.

BT Sport Box Office will show Fury v Wilder: the trilogy exclusively live in the UK on Saturday, October 9. For more info go to www.bt.com/sportboxoffice


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