Tyson Fury expects Deontay Wilder to agree to a third fight between the pair but vowed that his next opponent, even if it is Anthony Joshua, will get the same treatment as the dethroned WBC champion.

Fury produced a dominant performance at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday to become a heavyweight champion for the second time, 14 months on from a thrilling draw with Wilder in Los Angeles.

The Briton, a former WBA, WBO and IBF title-holder, knocked down his opponent in the third and fifth rounds before the American's corner threw in the towel in the seventh.

In his post-fight media conference, questions naturally turned to talk of Anthony Joshua, who holds every other major belt in the division.

Promoter Eddie Hearn told talkSPORT on Sunday that Joshua wants to fight Fury next.

That appears unlikely, however, as Joshua's mandatory defence of his IBF title against Kubrat Pulev is reportedly set to be confirmed, while Wilder can enact a rematch clause with Fury.

Asked if he would fight Joshua next should Wilder decline the opportunity to immediately complete a trilogy, Fury said: "Deontay will need time to recover from the fight, but I'm sure that he'll take a rematch.

"He's a dynamite puncher and any time you can take somebody out with that danger, then you're always in a fight so I'm pretty sure we'll do it again, if he wants to.

"If he doesn't want to, then these are my promoters and whatever they want to do I'm happy with. Whoever's next will get the same treatment, that's for sure."

Despite the one-sided nature of the contest, Fury did express admiration for some changes Wilder made from their first meeting.

He added: "I felt like Deontay's jab had improved and he did take his time more like he said he would. He was using his jab quite well actually. 

"I was very impressed with his double jab that he was using and credit to his team for applying that in this fight because when you've got two giant guys, I think the jab is very important, it sets everything up.

"I thought he was definitely an improved fighter to what I thought before, and he was heavier, I wasn't able to bully him around as I did last time in close because he was lot heavier than he ever was.

"I did see improvements in his game, but tonight was my night and I was never going to let anybody take it from me."

Deontay Wilder's head trainer, Jay Deas, has said it was not his decision to throw in the towel and concede defeat in Saturday's much-anticipated rematch with Tyson Fury.

Fourteen months on from their drawn first meeting, Wilder was on the receiving end of a heavy beating in Las Vegas as he lost his unbeaten record and WBC heavyweight title to a dominant opponent.

However, although Fury bossed the fight, twice sending his bloodied opponent to the canvas, both Wilder and Deas felt the 'Bronze Bomber' should have been afforded an opportunity to go out on his shield.

Co-trainer Mark Breland threw in the towel during round seven, a decision that was questioned by Deas in a post-fight news conference that Wilder missed in order to go to hospital for treatment on his injured ear.

"[Wilder] had a small cut inside the ear, [it] may have affected his equilibrium, so he's just going to get a couple of stitches there," explained Deas.

Discussing the fight's ending, Deas added: "I'm the head coach of the team but we do things a little bit differently - 99 per cent of the time the head coach of the team is the guy that's also the lead in the corner. Ours is a little bit more like a football team, American football, where the head coach doesn't necessarily call the plays.

"Ours is a little bit like that, so what happened during the round was Mark [Breland] said something about throwing the towel in and I told him 'don't do that', I didn't think he should do that.

"Then the fight went a little bit longer and then I saw the towel go in. I haven't talked to Mark about it but we'll talk about it, figure out exactly what went on there."

Wilder, who hinted he had been hampered by an injury in the lead-up to the contest, expressed his unhappiness in the ring, stating: "I make no excuses tonight. I just wish my corner would have let me go out on my shield - I'm a warrior and that's what I do."

The nature of Wilder's loss has led to questions over whether he will activate a clause to fight Fury for a third time, but Deas is convinced the bout will take place.

"I think so, absolutely," added the trainer. "Knowing him like I do, he will want the rematch.

"These guys have put on two tremendous fights. The public will want it. We'll want it, they'll want it. It seems natural. I think it's what you'll see happen."

Anthony Joshua's promoter, Eddie Hearn, says a unification fight between his fighter and Tyson Fury "has to happen this year" after the latter produced a phenomenal performance to dethrone Deontay Wilder.

In a much-anticipated rematch in Las Vegas, Fury knocked the previously undefeated Wilder down twice and won via TKO in the seventh round when the American's corner threw in the towel.

Fury now holds the WBC heavyweight strap, just over four years after he sensationally beat Wladimir Klitschko to become a world champion for the first time.

The other major belts in the division belong to Joshua, who avenged his shock loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. in December, and Hearn feels the two Britons must now meet in 2020.

Responding to a Twitter user who wrote, "Not a chance Eddie Hearn is letting Joshua anywhere near Tyson now," the promoter replied: "Of course I am! And AJ wants it bad..this fight is gonna and has to happen this year!"

Wilder now has 30 days to demand a third fight with Fury through a rematch clause, although the one-sided nature of Saturday's bout would appear to reduce the chances of the two meeting again.

In a follow-up tweet, Hearn suggested Joshua now represented a much more enticing option for Fury, given the winner would become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

"No need for a third let's go straight to it in the Summer! #undisputed," wrote Hearn, while DAZN USA's Twitter account shared a mocked-up image of Fury and Joshua together in the ring.

Reports in recent weeks have suggested Joshua will return to the ring in June against Kubrat Pulev.

Tyson Fury brutally dethroned Deontay Wilder and completed his return to the top of world boxing with a stunning TKO triumph in a one-sided WBC heavyweight title fight.

There was no repeat of their contentious December 2018 draw as Fury overwhelmed the previously undefeated champion before Wilder's corner threw in the towel in the seventh round on Saturday.

The Brit took a 42-pound weight advantage into a bout he described as the biggest the division had seen in 50 years and delivered on his promise to seek a knockout in Las Vegas.

Fury landed huge blows from the first bell and sent Wilder to the canvas in rounds three and four, only for the referee to rule them both slips, and at one point licked his opponent's blood-stained neck.

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury will renew acquaintances for a much-anticipated heavyweight title rematch in Las Vegas on Saturday. 

The in-ring reunion between the pair has been near the top of boxing fans' wish lists ever since Fury incredibly climbed off the canvas in the 12th round of their drawn first meeting 14 months ago.

Wilder's WBC heavyweight title will again be on the line, with the champion set to compete on a grander stage than he did in Los Angeles and against a significantly fitter opponent.

It all makes for a tantalising prospect and, if this weekend's bout delivers the same drama as the first, it will surely go down as one of the great heavyweight rematches.

FURY OUT TO COMPLETE REDEMPTION

Fury has spoken openly about his battle with drugs and depression and his return to the kind of level he displayed in the first fight with Wilder is one of modern-day sport's most remarkable redemption stories.

However, the one thing his journey from losing the belts he won in a shock victory over Wladimir Klitschko to his return to the big stage lacks is a storybook ending. 

He has the chance to deliver that in Las Vegas. If he is indeed "match fit" as he has repeatedly claimed, Fury can afford to have great hope of seizing that opportunity.


CAN WILDER FINISH THE JOB?

As with Fury, the December 2018 stalemate is the only blemish on Wilder's record.

The Bronze Bomber could hardly have done more to secure the victory, but he goes into this fight facing questions over whether he can put Fury down for good this time around.

Wilder has said he will target a cut around the eye Fury suffered in his last fight. His success in opening up that old wound could prove key to settling things in his favour.


THE CHALLENGER'S GAMBLES

In the gambling capital of the world, Fury has signalled his intent to put everything on the line to win the WBC strap.

The Briton has spoken frequently about his desire to knock Wilder out. A more aggressive strategy would carry an inherent risk and potentially give Wilder more chances to unleash fearsome flurries of his own.

Wilder is not infallible and looked close to being stopped in the first of his two victories over Luis Ortiz. However, Fury's apparent change in strategy seems counter-productive given how he controlled the first fight.

A late change in trainer from Ben Davison to Sugarhill Steward also served to raise eyebrows and questions will be asked of that move and the change in approach should the challenger fall short.


WHAT NEXT FOR THE WINNER?

Regardless of who wins the sequel, there are already reports of an agreement being in place for the pair to complete a trilogy of fights. 

Yet, if there is a victor this time around, the spectre of Anthony Joshua, who holds every other world title belt in the division, will loom large for the champion.

Joshua appears to have a laundry list of opponents to keep him busy in the meantime. Yet eventually Fury and Wilder will have to end their spell as dance partners and the focus will turn a unification bout with Joshua that would mark the most significant heavyweight fight in decades.

Tyson Fury weighed in 42 pounds heavier than world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder for their blockbuster rematch in Las Vegas.

Wilder will put his WBC belt on the line against challenger Fury in the second instalment of their rivalry on Saturday after the pair fought out a contentious draw in December 2018.

Fury (29-0-1) was almost 50 pounds heavier than Wilder (42-0-1) in the first meeting and the former WBA, IBF and WBO champion carries another huge weight advantage heading into the MGM Grand showdown.

Stepping onto the scales on Friday, British boxer Fury weighed 273 pounds, up from his 256.5lbs-weight in 2018.

Meanwhile, American star Wilder – who was 212.5lbs for the first bout – tipped the scales at 231lbs.

"I just told him, '24 hours, 24 hours'," Wilder said on Saturday. "He's nervous, nervous energy as always.

"At the end of the day, we're heavyweights. So it doesn't really matter about the weight."

Fury added: "The weight's not a problem. It's 273 pounds of pure British beef."

The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) banned a face-off between Wilder and Fury on Friday.

It came after Wilder and Fury's pre-fight news conference on Wednesday erupted into pushing and shoving as security intervened to keep the fighters apart.

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder fought out a thriller in Los Angeles 14 months ago and the second instalment of a planned trilogy will be battled out in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

The WBC heavyweight belt goes on the line at the MGM Grand, which long ago jumped ahead of Caesars Palace as the hottest spot to see elite fighters pull on the gloves in America's gambling capital.

Within the vast urban sprawl of the hotel and casino's grounds sits the Garden Arena, where legends have been made and demolished.

Neither Fury nor Wilder is a stranger to the MGM Grand boxing ring, but neither man has had a career-defining fight there yet.

Fury versus Wilder II could be a classic. Their stunning draw in LA leaves all to fight for.

Here is a look at five of the most dramatic and memorable blockbuster showdowns in the 26-year history of the big-fight coliseum.

5. George Foreman beat Michael Moorer, KO, November 1994

Before he became a grill pan hype man, Foreman was frying rivals in the ring.

The veteran rolled back the years on one of the MGM Grand's first big bills, after fighting for permission to even step into the ring. With the 45-year-old having not had a bout in almost 18 months, the WBA initially refused to sanction the contest, but Foreman went through the courts to get the go-ahead, and it was worth the effort.

The man who lost to Muhammad Ali in 1974's Rumble In The Jungle caused a seismic stir in Sin City with this 10th-round knockout victory, landing the WBA and IBF heavyweight titles as he became the division's oldest-ever champion. He had been outboxed for much of the fight, but Foreman found his punching power when it mattered.

4. Juan Manuel Marquez beat Manny Pacquiao, KO, December 2012

This was the final stanza in a Vegas quadrilogy for Marquez and Pacquiao, with a draw and two Pacquiao points victories in their previous clashes setting up another slice of MGM Grand history.

Amusingly, their second fight had been dubbed 'Unfinished Business', so the promoters needed to ramp up the anticipation for this one, pre-emptively titling it 'Fight of the Decade'.

It went a long way towards living up to that billing, earning Ring Magazine's Fight of the Year gong after Mexican Marquez turned the tables on his Filipino rival, driving a brutal right hand into Pacquiao's jaw in the dying seconds of the sixth round.

The fight-defining shot from the 39-year-old capped a sensational contest in which both men had been in trouble, and down went Pacquiao with a thud to the canvas.

Promoter Bob Arum suggested they go at it again in a fifth fight, but that never materialised. Marquez retired as a five-time world champion, his titles coming across four weights.

This was not a title fight, but the punch that collapsed Pacquiao forms a huge part of the Marquez legacy.

3. Floyd Mayweather beat Oscar De La Hoya, split points decision, May 2007

Anticipation for this light middleweight barnstormer reached fever pitch in the United States, where almost 2.5million households signed up for $55-a-throw pay-per-view television coverage, a record number.

Broadcaster HBO produced a four-episode mini-series building up to fight night, and there was also the saga of which corner Mayweather's father, Floyd Mayweather Sr, would be in, given their estrangement and his availability as a top-level trainer.

The answer was ostensibly neither corner in the end. Mayweather Sr reportedly priced himself out of a role with De La Hoya, and Mayweather was primed for the showdown by his uncle, Roger Mayweather.

The hype machine was pumping out hyperbole by the time the fight began, and the fact it turned out to provide huge entertainment was testament to the focus of both fighters.

Mayweather was given 116-112 and 115-113 verdicts, with De La Hoya 115-113 on the other, and the winner's verdict that it was "easy work for me" flew in the face of abundant evidence.

Floyd Mayweather Sr, showing not a jot of family loyalty, surmised that De La Hoya would have deserved the win.

2. Frankie Randall beat Julio Cesar Chavez, split points decision, January 1994

It was opening night at the Garden Arena, six weeks after doors to the MGM Grand hotel swung open for the first time.

The WBC super lightweight belt was on the line, Don King was the promoter pulling the strings, and for its outrageous shock factor, Randall's victory over Chavez that night ranks as one of the venue's greatest triumphs.

Chavez had been described months earlier by Sports Illustrated as "the world's greatest fighter", and he headed into this bout with 89 wins and one draw from 90 professional encounters.

Randall dominated the early stages but was pegged back by Chavez, only for low blows from the Mexican to result in two points being deducted by referee Richard Steele - the telling factor.

Chavez would have won a split points decision, rather than lost that way as he did, had he not been penalised, and later said he was "very upset" with Steele.

A bizarre rematch went Chavez's way. In a highly unusual outcome, an eight-round split decision favoured Chavez when an accidental headbutt from champion Randall left the challenger unable to continue.

1. Evander Holyfield beat Mike Tyson, TKO, November 1996; Holyfield beats Tyson, by disqualification, June 1997

Tyson effectively set up camp at the MGM Grand in the second half of the 1990s, having spent a large chunk of the first half behind bars after a rape conviction. He and promoter King landed a mega-money six-fight deal with the venue, after Tyson's comeback began there with a first-round win, by disqualification, over Peter McNeeley in August 1995.

A March 1996 dust-up with Britain's Frank Bruno was a major money-spinner, but nothing touched the prospect of a long-awaited collision with Evander Holyfield for commercial potential.

Holyfield and Tyson had been due to clash at Caesars Palace in November 1991, but a rib injury suffered by Tyson, followed by his incarceration, put paid to that.

Their 1996 showdown was billed as 'Finally', and the first fight – though now often overlooked because of what followed – was a monumental contest in heavyweight history, Tyson succumbing to just the second defeat of his professional career.

It featured thudding head collisions and the sight of Tyson being outboxed by the underdog until enough was enough for referee Mitch Halpern, who stepped in to stop the fight in the 11th round.

Halpern was kept busy that night but was prevented from officiating the rematch seven months later after a complaint from the Tyson camp, with Mills Lane stepping in at late notice.

It was to prove extraordinary, as Tyson bit both of Holyfield's ears during clinches in round three, spitting out a chunk of cartilage onto the canvas at one stage before outrageously claiming a punch had caused the injury.

Lane said it was a "b******t" explanation and disqualified Tyson, who was banned indefinitely. After a year, 'Iron Mike' had his licence back, but his glory days were over, those bites now more famous than any punch he ever threw.

What happens in Vegas no longer stays in Vegas. Instead, it is beamed around the world, with Fury and Wilder next under the spotlight.

The world of boxing will come to a standstill this weekend when Deontay Wilder faces Tyson Fury in an eagerly anticipated rematch at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

It has been 14 months since two of boxing's most eccentric characters fought to a contentious draw for Wilder's WBC heavyweight world title.

Predictions have been rolling in from pundits, fans and fellow boxers alike prior to Saturday's blockbuster clash.

Here we take a look at how the biggest names in the sport see the bout panning out.

 

Former heavyweight champion George Foreman – I pick Tyson Fury on points

"It's going to be good for boxing. I love it. I pick Tyson Fury to win on points," he told bookies.com "Millions will watch it, and it'll probably be a controversial decision. That Deontay Wilder can punch. Oh, he can hit, and he can hit hard. I think they're going to tear the wall down there because that rematch will be seen by a lot of people."

Anthony Joshua, the IBF, WBA and WBO world champion – Tyson Fury has more to his arsenal

"He [Fury] has more to his arsenal so that's why I'm leaning to him. Fury can punch a bit," 'AJ' said to Sky Sports. "He's underestimated with his punching power which makes him dangerous. If you underestimate someone it makes them dangerous because you don't respect them until you get hit."

Wladimir Klitschko – I wish, believe it or not, Fury might make it

"Either Wilder is going to knock out Fury or Fury is going to win on points," Klitschko, dethroned as heavyweight champion by Fury in 2015, told The National. "Personally, I respect Wilder a lot – he was in my training camp, we spent rounds in the ring. As many knockouts as he has, you’ve probably no one else, in current times, any heavyweights, including me. I think, or I wish, that actually Fury, believe it or not, might make it."

Ex-world champion 'Iron' Mike Tyson – I'm rooting for Tyson Fury 

"I always root for him because he was named after me. That’s the natural thing to do, right? I'm biased towards him," the ex-heavyweight champ told BT Sport. "I don't care how hard you punch, it's hard to beat somebody who doesn't wanna quit."

Heavyweight contender Luis Ortiz – Deontay Wilder by knockout

"Tyson Fury and Wilder are two different fighters, but I don't think Wilder will respect him in the rematch, and I see the outcome by a knockout victory," Ortiz said after being floored by Wilder in their own rematch in November.

Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield – At any one time Deontay Wilder can get you with one shot

"Now it's which guy is going to fight his fight like this. I think at any given time, Deontay can get you out with one shot," Holyfield told Fight Hub TV. "Tyson Fury, it's going to take him a lot of shots to get you out. He ain't gonna get you out with one. It's gonna take a lot of shots to get you out. So I think it’s going to be a little bit more difficult for him."

Three-time world champion Lennox Lewis – Right now, Deontay's looking good

"I think it's gonna be an unbelievable fight, the boxer against the puncher," Lewis told Boxing Social. No predictions. I would have to say, right now, Deontay's looking good."

Shelley Finkel, Wilder's manager – This time they will do the count correctly

"This time the count will be done correctly and you will see Deontay’s hand raised and they will announce he is still heavyweight champion, by knockout," Finkel said in quotes reported by Max Boxing.

Frank Warren, Fury's promoter – Tyson will have all the answers

"At the end of the day, Tyson got up twice from those knockdowns [in the first fight]," Warren told talkSPORT. "So he showed what he was made of and I just feel Tyson is a complete boxer. He can box, he can punch, he can be southpaw, he can be orthodox and he's a very smart guy. And I think he will have all the answers for him this time."

Deontay Wilder told Tyson Fury "we know your secrets" ahead of their rematch as the heavyweight world champion aims to expose a cut the challenger sustained in his last fight.

The highly-anticipated second bout appeared to be in danger of being delayed when Fury suffered a deep cut during the third round of his points win over Otto Wallin in September.

Fury later claimed he needed 40 stitches for the wound and it was noted by Wilder that he wore sunglasses during Wednesday's news conference.

The Briton's cutman Jacob 'Stitch' Duran has since revealed Fury has had mesh web inserted into the soft tissue above his eye but stressed "it won't be an issue" in Las Vegas on Saturday.

However, Wilder believes the problem is more serious than Fury or his camp are letting on.

"That's definitely something that I'm targeting," he said.

"When a fighter has a wound that, we feel, is not all the way healed - no matter what he says - because as a fighter being in here, as a veteran being in the game, you see so many different things and you can acknowledge a lot of things and you know.

"It's like him coming to the press conference, he changed up something. He wore a hood and he wore glasses. He's covering up something. Fury, we know your secrets. We know what's going on.

"That was just one of those things where he was just trying to cover up.

"He didn't want me to see how severe the cut was. You hear all the rumours as well that he didn't allow his sparring partners to hit him in the face, they just did body sparring and different things like that.

"That just shows a strong indication that something happened in that camp, something happened with his eye.

"Credit to him, he's a warrior, he's still coming, he's still trying to cover it up and come Saturday night is going to be ready to show up and present himself as, what he calls himself, the lineal champion."

Wilder will be denied the chance to have a closer inspection of Fury's eye on Friday as the traditional pre-fight face-off at the weigh-in has been cancelled after the pair confronted each other on stage on Wednesday.

WBC champion Wilder, whose record stands at 42 wins and one draw from his 43 fights, will be hoping to make the 11th successful defence of his title.

The only time he did not emerge victorious was in the original meeting with Fury back in December which ended in a contentious draw.

Of Fury's 30 fights, that was the only bout he has not won too.

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury have never been more dangerous than now ahead of their showdown, according to former light-heavyweight champion Andre Ward.

Wilder will defend his WBC heavyweight title in an eagerly awaited rematch with Fury in Las Vegas, following on from their controversial draw in December 2018.

Ward, who retired in 2017 with an undefeated record, said Wilder and Fury had only become better since their previous bout.

"In my days of following the sport I have several memories of big heavyweight fights, but I don't know if I can remember a heavyweight fight with fighters in their prime, at this stage in their career," he told Omnisport.

"I do believe that Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury are in their absolute prime, their absolute peak and even since the first fight, both fighters have bolstered their reputations, they're more popular than they've ever been. I feel like both guys are more dangerous than they've ever been.

"There's just a lot riding on this and you can feel it in the air in Las Vegas that neither fighter can afford to lose and I think both fighters are going to do whatever they have to do to get their hand raised Saturday."

Both Wilder and Fury claim they should have been victorious in Los Angeles nearly 15 months ago, with the former twice knocking down the Brit.

Ward, who beat Sergey Kovalev twice at the end of his career, said the adjustments Fury was looking to make could mean a shorter fight.

"Rematches are all about taking away some adjustments, like what was your takeaway from the first fight and you have to be honest with yourself, even if you don't share with anybody else," he said.

"You've got to be honest about where you got hit, why you got hit, if the guy was strong, if his punch was a lot heavier than you thought. That way you can make the adjustment then you take the takeaway, make the adjustment and then obviously come fight night the hard work is about executing.

"I think Deontay Wilder has definitely worked on a few things, I hear him talking about being more patient, I've heard word out of his camp that he's trying to work on his jab and how to disguise and hide his power a little bit more. I think those are great adjustments. You don't need major adjustments in rematches, you just need the right ones.

"Tyson Fury, on the other hand, he's talking about making polarising adjustments. He doesn't want to box nearly as much as he did the first time, he's talking about coming in bulkier, coming in heavier, 14 and a half pounds north of what he came in the first fight.

"That tells us that he wants to toe the line and attack and fight Deontay Wilder and if he does that it's going to be a short night for either guy, I just don't know which one it's going to be."

Tyson Fury has promised to fall back on old tricks as he aims to defeat Deontay Wilder in the pair's highly anticipated rematch in Las Vegas.

In December 2018, the pair fought out a controversial split draw at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Wilder knocked Fury down twice – in the ninth and 12th rounds – yet he beat the count on both occasions.

Defending WBC heavyweight champion Wilder has since revealed Fury kept muttering "dosser", seemingly as a distraction tactic, during the bout.

The 31-year-old Briton has since used the phrase "you big dosser" consistently while calling out Wilder and other fighters, including during a short stint in WWE in 2019.

On Thursday, Fury attended a media gathering wearing a suit embroidered with the catchphrase – an insult he says he intends to use again at the MGM Grand Arena on Saturday.

"Yes, I think I'll be using 'the dosser' again in this fight," Fury told Omnisport. "I've got my 'big dosser' suit on.

"At any given moment I'm going to be pulling out the 'big dosser' line in the fight, don't worry about that."

This will be Fury's third fight in Vegas, a city where he intends to see out his professional career within the next two years.

"Most definitely," Fury said when asked if relocating to Vegas, and bringing a large contingent of support with him, had helped add extra motivation following his comeback.

"I look out and there are thousands of fans who have travelled, British and from all over the world, to see this fight."

Tyson Fury has claimed Deontay Wilder is "running scared" ahead of the pair's heavyweight rematch in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Fury and Wilder will rekindle their fierce rivalry at the MGM Grand Arena, 14 months after a contentious split draw in Los Angeles.

Former unified world champion Fury thought he had done enough to win on points at the Staples Center, though two knockdowns from Wilder in the ninth and 12th rounds respectively ultimately proved costly.

There has been no love lost between the fighters in the lead up to Saturday's rematch but Fury is convinced he has the upper hand, adding that he does not fear taking another punch of the calibre that Wilder landed in the final round in December 2018.

"He's on the back foot already, he's running scared," Fury told Omnisport. 

"It was good [to take the punch]. It's nice to take a big right hand like that now and again. It's what I train for and what I get paid for. It was lovely to do some work for the pay.

"It was a lapse in concentration. I feel fantastic and the training camp has gone well, perfectly. It won't happen again.

"Not worried at all [about taking a big punch]. It's what I get paid to do, train hard and fight hard."

In 2019, Fury stepped back from boxing to venture into professional wrestling.

Fury defeated Braun Strowman on his WWE debut, at the Crown Jewel event, by Countout, and the 31-year-old believes the training regime he went through ahead of his wrestling bow has given him the upper hand against Wilder.

"[The training for wrestling] has helped massively for sure," Fury said.

"There's a massive difference, almost unbelievable, between training for something like that and a world title fight. It's more about agility and speed, definitely."

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury will be prevented from taking part in the traditional eve-of-fight face-off at Friday's weigh-in for their heavyweight title battle in Las Vegas.

Ahead of the MGM Grand clash, promoters for both boxers have backed a decision to call off the familiar confrontation, amid concerns it could turn nasty.

A news conference on Wednesday descended into rancour as Wilder and Fury shoved each other before being separated.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), which regulates fights in Las Vegas, decided that moment was a clear sign Wilder and Fury should not risk further altercations before getting into the ring.

Speaking to ESPN, NSAC executive director Bob Bennett said: "The reason the decision was made, on behalf of the commission, is because the press conference spoke for itself.

"The actions of the two fighters pushing each other, which was not staged, is not indicative of the image of our sport as a major league sport, thus having a face-off is not in the best interest in the health and safety of the fighters, the public and the event.

"And, quite frankly, that image, where you have two professional athletes pushing each other where somebody could get hurt, is not keeping with the image of a major league sport and we're a major league sport."

Bennett said he told promoters Tom Brown and Bob Arum of the decision and neither man opposed the move.

Arum told ESPN: "If this fight depends on a face-off to sell it, we have not done our job."

However, Frank Warren, who co-promotes Fury with Arum, told metro.co.uk: "It's a stupid decision, the face-off is traditional."

The fight is a rematch after a thrilling draw in December 2018, with Wilder's WBC belt on the line.

Fourteen months have passed since Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder's arms were raised in unison in the middle of the ring at the Staples Center.

Both men left Los Angeles that night convinced they deserved to be taking home the WBC heavyweight belt, but a draw ensured it was the unbeaten Wilder who held onto the strap.

The stunning nature of a bout which featured two knockdowns and Fury's incredible final-round second wind after hitting the canvas meant a rematch was always likely.

Here, we talk a look at what Wilder and Fury have been up to since they first fought on December 1, 2018.

 

FEBRUARY 2019 - FURY SIGNS WITH ESPN & TOP RANK

Fury's reputation Stateside was certainly enhanced by his display against Wilder and that led to him signing a five-fight deal with United States network ESPN and promoters Top Rank.

It was feared such an arrangement would scupper a rematch with Wilder and a potential all-British bout against Anthony Joshua due to their conflicting television deals.

Yet Fury told the BBC at the time: "If I didn't want to fight Wilder then I wouldn't have taken it the first time. The fight is more makeable now because of this deal."

MAY 2019 - WILDER KNOCKS OUT BREAZEALE

The first of the pair to return to the ring was Wilder, not that he spent long there as he stunned WBC mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale by knocking him out in the first round in New York.

There were still 43 seconds to go in that round when Wilder delivered a devastating example of his brutal power, flooring Breazeale with a big right hand.

Speaking in the ring after his 41st professional win, Wilder said of Fury: "That fight will happen, the rematch will happen."

JUNE 2019 - FURY STOPS SCHWARZ

Four weeks after Wilder wowed in Brooklyn, Fury pulled out all the stops in Las Vegas.

James Brown's 'Living in America' was the Briton's choice of music and he channelled Rocky character Apollo Creed in making his ring walk wearing a rope and top hat adorned with stars and stripes.

The previously unbeaten Tom Schwarz proved no match for Fury once the action began as he was stopped in the second round.

SEPTEMBER 2019 - TYSON OVERCOMES OTTO

Fury was the heavy favourite for his next fight against Swede Otto Wallin but a deep cut sustained in the third round meant it was far from a straightforward Las Vegas night.

He was awarded the victory courtesy of a unanimous points decision - the 29th win of a 30-fight career.

There were fears that the cuts sustained by Fury, whose attire of choice was a Mexican cape and a sombrero in celebration of Mexican Independence Day weekend, could delay the anticipated rematch with Wilder...

OCTOBER 2019 - FURY WRESTLES STROWMAN

It turned out those cuts did not prevent Fury from returning to the ring a month later, though the gloves were off when he did.

In what was perhaps another bid to increase his popularity in the States, Fury briefly joined the WWE and fought Braun Strowman at the Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia.

Fury won - by virtue of a knockout punch, of course - but it proved to be a short-lived career in scripted fights.

NOVEMBER 2019 - DEONTAY DOWNS ORTIZ

Wilder was encountering his own difficulties when Luis Ortiz outboxed him across the opening six rounds of their heavyweight title fight.

But, as has often been the case in Wilder's career, his awesome power proved the difference-maker, Ortiz sent to the canvas in the seventh.

It was Wilder's 10th straight title defence, drawing him level with the great Muhammad Ali.

DECEMBER 2019 - FURY CHANGES TRAINER

Three months after his family criticised Ben Davison for his role in the Wallin fight, Fury split with the man who had overseen his incredible comeback.

Davison was in his corner for the first fight against Wilder but Fury has elected to work alongside SugarHill Steward ahead of the rematch.

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