Former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has urged Deontay Wilder to go into his trilogy fight with Tyson Fury full of confidence if he wants to avenge his first defeat. The American’s five-year reign as WBC heavyweight champion came to an end at the hands of ‘The Gypsy King’ last month in Las Vegas.
Wilder, 34, suffered a seventh-round TKO defeat to the former unified heavyweight champion, with his corner mercifully throwing in the towel in at the 1:39 mark.
The Olympian will have the opportunity to exact revenge on Fury later this year after having exercised the trilogy fight clause in his contract to rematch the Brit.
Wilder was dominated by Fury from start to finish, with the lineal heavyweight champion immediately taking the centre of the ring and putting ‘The Bronze Bomber’ on the back foot.
Tyson was surprised to see Wilder so resoundingly defeated but firmly believes he can get the better of Fury third time around if he carries himself in the same manner he did ahead of their first meeting.
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Mike Tyson on Deontay Wilder’s chances of winning his trilogy fight with Tyson Fury
During a recent episode of his Hoboxin’ with Mike Tyson podcast, in which he was interviewing rapper Fat Joe, he said: “Listen, he didn’t fight the same fight he fought the first fight.
“The first fight he fought with confidence like he could win.
“The second fight he fought like he didn’t have no zest, no life in him.
“I just don’t think he was the same fighter after the first fight. He couldn’t rise to that occasion again.”
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Unlike many others, Tyson firmly believes Wilder is more than capable of avenging his first professional loss.
“No there’s always a chance,” said the 53-year-old. “Everyone always has a chance.
“It just depends on how much they want to give in to it. If he wants to dedicate his life to really winning this fight, anything can happen.
“Deontay Wilder can still make a lot of money. He shouldn’t feel sad or discouraged. He should continue to go out there and fight with a lot of zest and confidence.
“He’s feeling like he’s given up, “Oh my life is over, I made $90m so far but my life is over, oh lord, oh God, I wanna die”.
“Grow up man, let’s just keep going through this until it’s really over.”
Wilder’s third encounter with Fury was expected to take place in Las Vegas on July 18.
The coronavirus, outbreak, however, has seen the pair’s third meeting delayed until October 3.
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