Tyson Fury has always insisted that there is only one other heavyweight who could beat Deontay Wilder, and that isn’t Anthony Joshua or Dillian Whyte.
On February 22, 2020, Tyson Fury stopped Deontay Wilder in the seventh round of their rematch, becoming the first man to beat him in his professional career.
The previously undefeated American was 42-0-1 (41 KOs) in that fight, his only other flaw being the 2018 draw with Fury – which many believed he lost as well.
Aside from his fights with the “Gypsy King,” Wilder had been a driving champion.
He eliminated all his opponents except Bermane Stiverne in their first meeting.
Wilder made amends for that by flattening Stiverne in a turn of their rematch.
Even the talented, technical and much-avoided Cuban Luis Ortiz couldn’t escape Wilder’s right hand – losing to him twice despite seemingly leading in points.
Although he only holds one official victory over the American, in truth Fury has shown two ways to beat Wilder.
In their first fight, he boxed on the back foot and simply outclassed him for the majority of the contest.
He was knocked down twice and the judges scored a draw, but most felt it was tough for the Briton.
In their revenge, he vowed not to leave matters in the hands of the judges and kept that promise.
He stormed forwards from the opening bell, knocked Wilder down in round three, did the same in round five and forced his corner to throw in the towel in the seventh.
Fury will now have to redo everything with the American who manages to impose his trilogy fight for this summer.
After the rematch victory, he insisted that there was only one other fighter besides himself who could beat Wilder.
Fury said IFL TV last year: “Deontay Wilder, except none, even today, is the most dangerous heavyweight in the world.
“He was wiping the floor with all the other heavyweights except myself.
“And I also believe that Oleksandr Usyk would give him problems.
“These are the only two people in the heavyweight division alive today who could get Deontay Wilder in trouble.
“It’s me and Oleksandr Usyk.
“I am an absolute beast, a warrior, a legend, a ‘linear’ champion and Usyk because he is a left-handed master, a skillful boxer.
“He’s got a lot of experience and he knows how to handle powerful punches…
“He would do to Whyte and Joshua what he did to Dominic Breazeale, knocked them unconscious in the first round.
“They don’t have the skills that I have, can’t touch that, it can’t be touched.
“I just want to see them fight. They wanna call Wilder this, that, and the other, but he’ll put them to sleep, easy.
“As soon as he touches them, they are gone.
“They have no defense and just throw punches.
“What are they going to do, bring him down, without pretense, without footwork?” Please.
“You won’t bring a man down like that, he’ll punch you.
“I would definitely back Wilder to eliminate the duo for sure.
Usyk has been named as AJ’s mandatory challenger and will likely face him next.