Tyson Fury may be rightly confident going into his third fight with Deontay Wilder but he is taking nothing for granted against the big-punching American.
Fury was considered by many as the winner of the first fight between the pair, only to be controversially denied the victory as the judges ended the contest in a split-draw back in December 2018.
The British heavyweight did have to survive two knockdowns in that first bout, the second surprising most who witnessed it, but having been the better boxer over the course of the 12 rounds, he felt unfairly treated by the judges in not being given the verdict.
Of course, given the controversy as well as the fact that the fighters couldn’t be split, there was inevitably going to be a rematch and Fury made no mistake whatsoever second time around earlier this year, outclassing the Bronze Bomber to such an extent that his corner threw in the towel in the seventh round.
The success marked a fantastic comeback for Fury, now a two-time world champion, and he has a potential mouth-watering unification fight with fellow Briton Anthony Joshua as a future carrot to look forward to.
However, the Gypsy King seems to have at least one more confrontation with Wilder to overcome, with his next fight set to be the third instalment of their ongoing rivalry.
Obviously dates and venues have yet to be decided due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic which has brought the sport to a halt, but Wilder is expected to exercise his right for a rematch, putting any potential all-British showdown on hold for the time being.
However, Fury is not at his most brazen, yet at least, as he is fully aware that Wilder has the ability to turn the tables, given his punching power, and having been on the end of it a couple of times already.
“Heavyweight boxing takes one punch. Dismantle Deontay Wilder? It only takes one punch off Deontay Wilder,” Fury told Sky Sports.
“Still a very dangerous opponent, still a very hungry man, who is coming in there to prove his worth, to prove he can come back and become a two-time heavyweight champion.
“More dangerous than the last fight, for sure.”
Should Tyson make it a successful defence of his WBC title, he will be hoping Joshua can overcome Kubrat Pulev in his defence (Joshua 1/10, Draw 33/1, Pulev 6/1 – Bout Betting) to set up that all-British showdown.