Lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury(29-0, 20 KOs) outboxed WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KOs) in their first fight. Fury used movement to have success against Wilder. However, as much success as Fury had in that fight, he never really hurt Wilder. But, Wilder did hurt Fury, including dropping him two times, which led to the fight being scored a draw.
Recently, during a conference call, Wilder discussed Fury’s power, and according to Wilder, he was not impressed.
“Going back on that fight, reminiscing and going back in that fight, I can’t tell you any rounds where I felt like I was threatened by his power,” Wilder said. “Like I said before, and many quoted me on it, and you can continue, that he has pillow-esque fists, that’s how soft they were in that fight.
“Maybe my adrenaline was too high to even feel anything, even after the fight, sometimes after the fight you may feel a little sore or whatever, even after the fight I didn’t feel anything. I took all his punches that he landed and I walked right through it.
“I don’t respect his power; he’s just a tall big man that can move around a ring, and that’s about it. As far as power, there’s none there, and I don’t think he’ll be able to develop it. I don’t care what trainer he brings in; you just don’t develop that power in a couple of weeks or in a month because you have this trainer that comes in.
“At the end of the day, I don’t see his trainer developing it. What fighter has he had that he developed to give them power? We’ve got to look into that as well. So, if he doesn’t have no fighter that he developed and into a power puncher, then how is he going to do that for Tyson Fury in this short amount of time that he has? It’s impossible. It’s impossible. As a guy with dramatic power to the limit, I would know these things, I’m an expert at that.”
After being dropped in the 12th round, Fury did have Wilder stunned in that round, but again, he never had Wilder in serious trouble. In the rematch, I don’t think Fury will have the power to stop or seriously hurt Wilder, but Fury is a big man, so anything is possible.