“I’m Playing With an Atomic Bomb”- Tyson Fury Highlights the Danger of Facing Deontay Wilder

Published 10/05/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
Tyson Fury (left) and Deontay Wilder during the World Boxing Council World Heavy Title bout at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas. (Photo by Bradley Collyer/PA Images via Getty Images)


Tyson Fury has appeared confident about vanquishing Deontay Wilder on October 9 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Despite his confidence, he isn’t ready to demean his rival’s prowess.

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‘The Gypsy King’ has backed Deontay Wilder as a dangerous heavyweight puncher several times. Although that hasn’t stopped him from boasting about his self-confidence, Fury has once again talked about the dangers of facing the American KO-star.

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Showcasing 41 KOs in a 42-1-1 resume, Wilder has been a prime enigma in the division. Hence, Fury has rightly acknowledged those features. As we stand a few days away from Fury vs Wilder 3, Tyson Fury connected with BBC to share his opinion on Deontay Wilder as an opponent.

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The WBC champion said, “A lot of people are writing Wilder off in this fight. They almost look at him like he’s a bum. Like he can’t fight and he’s useless. You can’t write him off.”

“Make no mistake about this, Deontay Wilder is the most dangerous heavyweight out there. Combine them all together and they don’t make a danger like Wilder. So that’s what I’m messing with. I’m playing with an atomic bomb, messing round, clipping wires. Every time you go into the ring with Deontay Wilder you’re playing with that danger.”(H/T:- Boxing Scene)

Meanwhile, Deontay Wilder has reflected a ‘gangster-mindset’ ahead of his return. He has vowed to attack Tyson Fury from every angle, citing an intriguing contest ahead.

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If we look back to 2018, Deontay Wilder could actually see Tyson Fury eye-to-eye, as both men were unbeaten back then. The first fight saw both men box to a controversial split decision draw.

Nevertheless, Tyson Fury learned a lot from the first fight and made some quick adjustments in the re-match. The second fight in February 2020 was a lopsided affair in favor of the Brit. After manhandling ‘The Bronze Bomber’ for a brief period, Tyson Fury stopped him in round seven. But ‘The Gypsy King’ has claimed to have witnessed dangers even in that contest.

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NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 02: WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and Lineal Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury face-off during the New York Press Conference at Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum on October 2, 2018 in New York City. Wilder and Fury are set to fight on December 1 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

“This is the third time now I’ve been in the ring with him and every single time he’s been very dangerous. He’s a very dangerous hombre with big, big power and he can close the distance quickly. With most boxers they need to hit you with five punches, with Wilder he can hit you with a quarter punch and knock you spark out,” said Fury.

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While it’s almost time to see the heavyweight gladiators collide, Wilder actually has the chance of landing an upset. Just over a week ago, we witnessed a massive heavyweight upset when Usyk snatched away Anthony Joshua‘s straps. Hence, it would be foolish for anyone to overlook a powerhouse like Deontay Wilder, especially in boxing where one punch is all it takes.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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