Tyson Fury holds the key to victory over Deontay Wilder in heavyweight rematch

Tyson Fury holds the key to who will win his clash with Deontay Wilder.

We know what Wilder will do and he will attempt to flatten Fury with his hammer of a right hand, like he has done to all his previous opponents.

But with Fury there are many unanswered questions.

Tactically if, as Fury claims, he goes for the knock-out, then that shifts the odds in favour of Wilder.

Going toe to toe with the hardest-hitting heavyweight in boxing could be as suicidal as fighting a lion with a teaspoon.

Wilder has the highest knock-out ratio of any heavyweight ever to lace up a pair of gloves and has the power to stop Fury.

If, as he did in the first fight, Fury plays to his own strengths and fights on the back foot behind his longer jab, he would be favourite to score a points win.


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Yes, these tactics were only good enough to earn him a draw last time round 14 months ago when most observers agreed the scoring was well off.

Lightning surely cannot strike twice with such an experienced and respected trio of judges in Glenn Feldman, Dave Moretti and Steve Weisfeld?

Fury is clearly the better boxer and no-one can rival his technical ability and fighting IQ.

With his superior jab and ability to switch-hit, he could reel off the rounds.

This would be the sensible approach and I could see him winning comfortably on points if he fought this way.

He says he won’t do this, insisting he has to change tact because he did not win the first fight.

That’s why he ditched Ben Davison two months ago to bring in SugarHill Steward.

He has put on weight for the rematch and his nutritionist George Lockhart claims he will be heavier, but leaner.

He had love handles when he was photographed a week before the fight and bulking up could blunt his main weapons of movement and speed.

Of course, this may all be a smokescreen and Fury may be messing with Wilder in an attempt to outfox him.

Wilder certainly isn’t convinced and said: “I don’t believe nothing he says.”

Then there is Fury’s state of mind and his mood can change in the course of one 30-minute interview, never mind a seven-week training camp.

He says he is in a happy place, but we all know his self-destructive demons are never far away.

There are questions too over his camp and the boxing grapevine has been buzzing with rumours that there have been issues with sparring and training.

Wilder has spoken about “secrets” slipping out and he may be trying to goad Fury into coming for him, knowing he has the power to flatten him with one right hand.

But has Fury shown he can take his best shot?

The way he climbed off the canvas in the 12th in the first fight when he looked sparked out was little short of miraculous.

That will give him the confidence to believe he can swallow anything Wilder lands on him, while perhaps casting doubt in the mind of the WBC champ.

There are many questions going into this fight and they will finally be answered when the first bell goes on Sunday morning.

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