Deontay Wilder will "put on a show" against Tyson Fury, according to one of the world champion’s sparring partners.
The American defends his WBC heavyweight title against the Brit on December 1 in Los Angeles.
He has recruited undefeated Junior Fa to help him prepare for his 41st professional fight – and the New Zealander has been impressed with what he has seen.
"Yeah, I definitely held my own against him," Fa told Newshub .
"He is looking very sharp. That’s the impressive thing with Wilder, apparently he’s just always in shape and I saw that today. He’s very fit, he’s looking very sharp, and he’s very focused.
"His power is a real snap… I just had to make sure that I wasn’t doing anything silly, keep my range right and make sure I time his shots perfectly so that I don’t have to feel how strong they are.
"He is very, very alert. Eyes are focused all the time. He doesn’t switch off.
"He has a great style which compliments his reach and his height. He’s slightly awkward at times as well.
"He’s looking really good and I feel like he’s going to put on a show on December 1."
Wilder has stopped 39 of his 49 opponents and is the bookmakers’ favourite to do the same to Fury.
Such is his punching power, his three trainers have all suffered injuries when taking him on the pads.
Head coach Jay Deas told BT Sport: "I had the body suit on, and he came and he caught me just under the body suit, and again, you know me, it hurt but who cares.
"I keep working and the next day I was like ‘wow that really hurts!’, and it got worse and worse so I went to the doctor and he said ‘we’re going to have to do hernia surgery!’ And so, that just gives you an idea [of his power]."
"He separated coach Cuz’s thumb and dislocated Mark Breland’s shoulder; Deontay’s the only fighter in the world that has three mitt men because someone is always on the injured reserve!"
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