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Frank Bruno EXCLUSIVE: ‘I’m favouring Tyson Fury and wouldn’t be surprised if he boxed Deontay Wilder’s ears off’

Frank Bruno has told talkSPORT he is backing Tyson Fury to end Deontay Wilder’s reign and become a two-time heavyweight champion of the world.

After their thrilling draw in December 2018, the pair rematch in Las Vegas this Saturday, live on talkSPORT, with Wilder’s WBC crown and their unbeaten professional records both on the line.

Fury was twice dropped by Wilder in their first fight but largely outboxed the American, despite having been out of the sport for 30 months.

Wilder and Fury will meet again at the MGM Grand on Saturday night

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Wilder and Fury will meet again at the MGM Grand on Saturday night

With Fury far more prepared and seemingly in better shape for part two, Bruno reckons this time around his fellow Brit will prove too strong for his opponent.

Speaking on the Sports Breakfast, the heavyweight boxing legend said: “I’m favouring Tyson Fury to win because he has the boxing skill.

“When Tyson Fury fought him last time, he had been out of the ring for three years and went on the fast lane. He has come back in the slow lane, has got the rust out of his body.

“He has put on more weight because the heavier he is, the better he is. He has been doing some strength training and his body looks very, very good, his mind looks good.


“If you look at Wilder’s last fight against Luis Ortiz, it took him seven rounds before Wilder caught him with a right hand.

“Tyson Fury is much fresher, much more skilful, much younger and a better boxer. All he’s got to do is not got hit.

“He has the bulk and weight behind him. He is about two, three stone heavier than Wilder. He will bully him and is a better boxer than Ortiz. If you watch him, he is borderline 40 and was boxing Wilder’s ears off before he got caught.

Fury, when he fought Wilder, wasn’t fazed for the 12 rounds. And don’t forget he lost ten stone.

“He is very tricky, you never know what he is going to do. He can turn southpaw, orthodox and he can box and frustrate you.

Fury has fought twice since his first meeting with Wilder, winning both bouts

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Fury has fought twice since his first meeting with Wilder, winning both bouts

“As long as he doesn’t get stupid and too brave because Wilder has dynamite in both his hands. But that is all he has got.

“In the last fight, Wilder got him late but Tyson got too complacent and became a showman. He has to stay focused, watch him at all times, use his skill.

“If he boxes sensibly, he boxes smart, he has got the height, the reach, the weight, the experience behind him to box his ears off all night.

“If he starts showboating, he could get caught. The aim of the game for this one is to mess him around, break up his rhythm, keep him on the back foot, jab him, move and keep him off balance.

“People underestimate Tyson Fury. He is a big lump but how many boxers can turn from orthodox to southpaw? And he has so much skill and is very, very confident.”

Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury press conference clash

While Fury has had far longer to prepare for his second showdown with Wilder, he will go into the rematch with a different trainer in his corner.

The 31-year-old surprisingly swapped Ben Davison for SugarHill Steward at the end of last year – Steward is the nephew of one of boxing’s greatest ever trainers, Emanuel ‘Manny’ Steward.

“It is not a worry to me,” said Bruno, when quizzed on the coaching change.

“The young kid he had before got him off his feet, stayed with him and got him in a good place, but when you get to a world title fight like this you have to be on point and have to have the right people behind you who know what they are doing. It is a technical fight.

“He looks good to me Tyson Fury. I wouldn’t be surprised if he boxed his ears off, but one punch could change it all.”


This Article was First Published on TalkSPORTS.com

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