KEY POINTS

  • Wilder and Fury's previous fight ended in a controversial draw
  • Fury has insisted he needs to knock Wilder out this time
  • Wilder has claimed Fury will have sleepless nights before their fight

Tyson Fury has said he will have to knock out Deontay Wilder in their upcoming fight in Las Vegas to avoid a judging controversy that happened in their first fight two years ago.

The British boxing superstar has said several times in the last couple of years that despite hitting the canvas twice, he believed he had won the December 2018 WBC contest, which was eventually declared a draw.

“I believe I out-boxed him. To guarantee a win, I need a knockout. I don't want another controversial decision - I want a defining win,” said Fury, who is set to face off Wilder in a rematch on Feb.22.

The Gypsy King has been training in Las Vegas for the past eight weeks and has insisted that he is in better condition than he was for their first meeting in December 2018.

“I learned in that first fight that he can be hit and hurt. He's got a big right hand and that's it. He's a one-dimensional fighter. He had me down twice and had two minutes in each of those rounds to finish me. Like in Mortal Kombat when they say, 'Finish him'... but he couldn't finish. He landed two of the best punches any heavyweight in the world could land, but the 'Gypsy King' rose like a phoenix from the ashes."

"The biggest mistake I made was not making him pay when he was hurt. However, I didn't know what was left in my tank because I hadn't been 12 rounds for a long time. This time I'll throw everything bar the kitchen sink. He won't know what hit him,” the 31-year-old, speaking during a conference call, added, as reported by BBC.

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury served up one of the best title fights of the year. In this picture, Fury baits Wilder in the second round, fighting to a draw during the WBC Heavyweight Championship at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, Dec. 1, 2018. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

Earlier, reigning WBC champion Wilder claimed that Fury is going to have sleepless nights ahead of their Las Vegas clash.

“When you get knocked down by someone, you never forget it or how they did it. Deep down I feel he's nervous, very nervous about what happened the first time. When you go in there for a second time it has to be stressful and you definitely can't sleep at night.

He's worried and I don't think his confidence is that high because of the state I left him in before. I gave this man concussion and it will happen again because the head is not meant to be hit, especially by the power of Deontay Wilder, so he has a lot to think about,” speaking at a media conference call from the United States, Wilder added in a recent interview.