KEY POINTS

  • Fury and Wilder are set to fight for the WBC championship
  • Wilder is the current WBC champion
  • Fury suffered a bad cut close to his eye in his previous fight

Reigning World Boxing Council (WBC) champion Deontay Wilder has claimed that Tyson Fury is scared and will be having sleepless nights before their much-awaited heavyweight title rematch later this month.

The upcoming bout is a rematch after the controversial split decision draw between Wilder and Fury on Dec. 1 two years ago. Soon after the fight ended, both the boxers immediately had called for a rematch, which is finally being held in Las Vegas on Feb. 22. Wilder will be fighting to save his WBC championship.

“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, as reported by BBC.

Fury, who recently took part in the WWE, last fought a boxing match when he took on Sweden's Otto Wallin. In the bout, although he suffered a bad cut close to his eye early in the fight, he won through an undisputed points decision.

Speaking further about Fury, Wilder added, "Fury can say he beat me by a wide margin but he doesn't believe that - that's why he wants to change so many things. If he believed he won he wouldn't have changed much - the next thing he is going to do is go to a spiritual advisor.”

Even though Wilder believes Fury and Wallin’s fight should have stopped after Fury sustained the cut, he has insisted that he looks forward to “re-cutting” that eye.

“Wallin had a game plan and executed it. That fight should've been stopped with a cut so deep and I look forward to re-cutting that eye. Once it's open again and the blood is in his face I'm coming in for the kill. I don't play around. I knocked him out the first time but I didn't get it and I'm going to knock him out again,” 34-year-old Wilder has sent out a warning to Fury ahead of their forthcoming fight.