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Tyson Fury Calls Deontay Wilder A 'Bigger Puncher Than Mike Tyson'

Tyson Fury Calls Deontay Wilder A 'Bigger Puncher Than Mike Tyson'

Tyson Fury has claimed that rival Deontay Wilder is a bigger puncher than the legendary Mike Tyson.

When asked about if he agrees that the 'Bronze Bomber' is the hardest hitter in heavyweight boxing history, Fury responded at their press conference with:

"Numbers don't tell lies.

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"This man's knockout ratio alone says that he is the greatest puncher in boxing history, in the heavyweight division."

It's a huge claim from Tyson considering the raw strength of 'Iron Mike'.

Tyson was one of boxing's most feared punchers in his prime and won 44 of his 58 fights by knockout.

In contrast, Wilder has won 41 of his 43 fights via knockout.

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Fury and Wilder are less than a month away from their rematch after a controversial draw in December 2018.

WBC heavyweight champion Wilder was asked what the two fighters could do to replicate the intensity of their first fight and he responded with:

"That's easy, we just have to come in like we did the first time, wear our hearts on our sleeves and have that warrior mentality like we always do.

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"When you get a challenger like this standing before you, the scenery already makes the fight itself.

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"The way we approach certain things, the way we talk about it... We know that when the bell rings we're both going to bring that killer mentality."

Wilder was also asked if he thinks Fury has it in his locker to knock the American out.

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Wilder reacted with:

"To be honest I don't know what he's gonna do!

"He can go one way one minute and then another the next you know, but if he believes in that what he's saying then I'll take his word.

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"We know that it's different when you step in the ring, when you're in that situation and if you let your guard down it's hard to get out.

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"I'm the biggest puncher in modern boxing history, we've said that many times, so of course that will play in to my game plan."

Fury explained that his tactics will involve 'backing him up' to get Wilder on the back foot.

Do you think Wilder is a bigger puncher than a prime Mike Tyson?

Sound off in the comments below.

Topics: Mike Tyson, Tyson Fury, Boxing, Deontay Wilder

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