Although the fight between Wilder and Fury has yet to be formally announced, an announcement is expected to take place sometime soon. In the meantime, Wilder, the undefeated WBC heavyweight champion, spoke with Boxing Talk and said he thinks a knockout victory over Fury will happen in the middle rounds when they do in fact fight.
“I believe I knock him out in the mid rounds. I really believe that. It all depends on how fast I can adjust to Tyson Fury. Fury is very long and he’s awkward so I’m going to have to make some adjustments to what he brings once that bell rings, but the time I settle into my rhythm he’s not going to be able to take what I’m dishing out,” Wilder said.
A knockout victory for Wilder would not be a surprise as knockouts usually come whenever the WBC champion steps into the ring. Standing on top of the WBC with a 40-0 record, Wilder has recorded 39 knockout victories, having taken out every single opponent he has ever faced, including knocking out the only man who has ever gone the distance against Wilder: Bermane Stiverne this past November. Wilder is coming off a stoppage victory over Luis Ortiz in the main event of a Showtime-televised boxing card from the Barclays Center in March.
Fury will be taking a significant step up in competition compared to his last two opponents: Sefer Seferi in June and Francesco Pianeta in August. Fury comfortably won both of those fights, which were his first fights since a two-and-a-half year hiatus from the sport while he served drug suspensions and worked to get his boxing license back.
Should Fury, a former unified WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion, emerge victorious against Wilder and win the WBC title, he would be the first modern heavyweight to win all four major alphabet titles at heavyweight at one point in his career.