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Wilder, Fury vow to settle rematch with knockout

14 January 2020

Tyson Fury leaned into the microphone and issued an audacious prediction to Deontay Wilder regarding their heavyweight rematch.

Fury, 31, will fight WBC heavyweight title holder Wilder on 22 February in Las Vegas after their 2018 bout in Los Angeles ended in a controversial draw.

Before the two stared each other down, Fury stepped onto the dais and launched his metal chair off the stage, replacing it with a taller one so he could look down on Wilder. Whether Fury is celebrating in a little more than a month's time remains to be seen. I've proven myself time and time again and I will do it again in February, " the 34-year-old pugilist said. "People know what they're going to get".

The last time the two unbeaten heavyweights met, in December 2018, they fought to a split draw in a thrilling affair that was the subject of water cooler talk everywhere.

Fury almost won the first bout with his impressive movement and activity, but Wilder's strength proved to be an equaliser. Regardless of how you saw it, each champ could make the case that he was cheated out of victory.

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Earlier, had reported that Deontay Wilder was conferred with the boxing Ambassador of Peace title by Pope Francis after both met and shared some lovely discussions on sports in Rome. Twitter had plenty of fun with that.

"I will finish what I started, and this time @Tyson_Fury will not be getting up off that canvas so quickly".

"This is the 1st training camp where I'm going to bed early at 9.30 every night and I wake up every morning at 7 am, fresh as a daisy". I'm the king of the jungle.

"I'm not coming here for a points decision, I've had too many of them - nine of them - I'm coming here for a knockout, I've had 21 of them and from the heart that's what I'm looking to do".

"I've never been as sure as anything in my whole life", he added moments later. I keep having the same dream about round two. Usually I'm months and months and months between fights. He defeated Schwarz by second-round TKO in June and took a tougher-than-expected unanimous decision from Wallin in September. Wilder believes the short break between bouts will be key.

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Fury is well aware that Wilder only has to be ideal for one second because he possesses the best weapon in boxing - his right hand. He won't be able to get back up. "He has to put it there, but this won't be there". "I told Fury two years ago I was going to baptise him, and I did just that".

"I want him to meet me in the middle of the ring and the best man wins".

"You're going to sleep in two rounds", the English champion said Tuesday. "He is getting knocked out in round two, 100%".

"And I did. But not even God can save you on February 22". But I always come in shape.

"When I speak, I say, 'speak it, believe it, receive it", said the champion. "This time I can turn that screwdriver until he is gone", he told a news conference on Monday.

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Wilder didn't sound fazed at all.

Wilder, Fury vow to settle rematch with knockout