WBC World heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has delivered a chilling message to Tyson Fury ahead of their heavyweight showdown on December 1st in Los Angeles.
Speaking to the assembled media at an open workout in Santa Monica, California, the undefeated American appeared nonplussed at the prospect of facing the self-styled ‘Gypsy King’, and vowed to hospitalise the Brit when the two men collide at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
“Tyson Fury doesn’t know what he’s gotten himself into.” said Wilder.
“He better be hugging, and wrestling, and kissing them bears as well too because he’s definitely going to need a teddy bear in the hospital, for sure.”
With the power-punching Alabama-native boasting a frightening record of 40-0 (39 KO’s), he also holds the distinction of having knocked out every man he has ever faced in the ring; having blasted out former belt-holder Bermane Stiverne in the first round of their rematch in November 2017.
Wilder, whose nickname ‘The Bronze Bomber’ stems from finishing third in the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, would go on to state that only when the two men meet in the ring would the 6ft 9″ Fury truly understand what he is up against.
“This is no game for me, I don’t play this. This is not a game. I always told my baby, ‘Daddy’s coming home’. When you fight the Bronze Bomber, these guys know what they’re getting themselves into.”
“They can hear the stories, they can hear the tales all they want. But when you get in the ring and feel it, that’s when – and only when – you know what you’ve been hearing, what you’ve been seeing, is real.” Wilder warned.
Having captured the unified titles in November 2015 with a twelve round unanimous decision victory over long-reigned champion Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf, lineal heavyweight champion Fury has fought just twice since; in low-key comeback affairs against un-fancied opponents in Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta.
However, the controversial Brit has jumped at the chance to challenge for Wilder’s WBC crown, and while many believe he is still in possession of arguably the highest skill-set of the current crop of heavyweights, 33-year-old Wilder revealed he has no concerns about facing his unbeaten rival.
“There’s nothing at all about him that concerns me, that scares me. You know, I’m the best in the world. I don’t think no other heavyweight has been through what I’ve been through, to go through so many different calibre of fighters.” Wilder finished.