Delay to Tyson Fury’s trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder ‘hurts Gypsy King more’ because Deontay Wilder will be ‘training like a man on fire’ and has point to prove, warns Carl Froch
- Tyson Fury’s huge trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder has been postponed
- British heavyweight tested positive for Covid and it is being rearranged
- It is likely to take place in October and delay will ‘hurt Fury’, says Carl Froch
- He thinks Wilder has a point to prove and will benefit from more training
The delay to Tyson Fury’s trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder will hurt the British heavyweight more than his rival, according to Carl Froch.
Fury tested positive for Covid-19, meaning the scheduled July 24 Las Vegas showdown has been postponed and is now expected to take place in October.
A new date is yet to be announced and neither man have laced up the gloves since the Gypsy King demolished the American back in February this year.
Tyson Fury (left) and Deontay Wilder (right) have had to postpone their third fight
Fury defeated his American opponent with ease in their second encounter earlier this year
Froch explained to Sky Sports why he thinks the delay will benefit Wilder.
He said: ‘I was really disappointed with the postponement because it’s a fight that I was looking forward to.
‘Even though it seemed like it would be a one-sided fight for Fury, you can never ever just write any man off when he’s a huge puncher like Wilder. This delay is definitely going to hurt Fury more.
‘They have both been out of the ring for the same amount of time, but Wilder is still going to be hungry, he’s got a point to prove.
‘He’s been absolutely ridiculed and written off by loads of people. He’s been abused really on social media for a long time.
‘I think Wilder is going to be like a man on fire, training for this fight, whereas Fury fought him the first time when he wasn’t in shape and still got a draw. Then in the rematch he absolutely battered him.
‘It was a one-sided whooping, so Fury could be thinking, ‘Do I really need this?’ He’ll know he can get knocked out by Wilder, so that will make him train hard, but I think this delay is more of a concern for Fury than it is for Wilder.’
Despite his reservations, the 44-year-old former world champion still believes Fury has enough in the locker to put the rivalry to bed for good and win the third fight.
Wilder put his headphones on and refused to speak to Fury at the press conference
He added: ‘Based on that second performance that Fury put on against Wilder, the way in which he got his range and his distance,
‘I just think he’s got Wilder’s number and should win again when the fight eventually happens. Fury used his height and reach and his weight advantage, and he’s a natural fighter.
‘The only chance that Wilder has got is to clip him, if Fury is not focused. But I don’t think Fury will be switched off, so I would still pick Fury, possibly on points or even another stoppage.’
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