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Boxing icon Teddy Atlas is tipping Deontay Wilder to shock Tyson Fury on Sunday (AEST) – despite previously declaring the American “can not fight” – but the prediction has little to do with boxing ability.

Atlas also tipped Wilder for victory in the trilogy’s second match early last year and did not hold back as Fury completed a convincing TKO victory in the seventh round.

“I have said since the beginning of his career – and with a lot of attacks when I say it, especially from Wilder’s people – that Wilder cannot fight. Cannot be beaten. Never learned to fight, ”Atlas said.

“But punches are not made, they are born, and he was born with the great eraser, with that thunderbolt in his right hand.

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“But tonight it was not there to pull him out of the fire. Tonight he was exposed because he does not know how to fight, because of his technique. ”

This performance has not deterred Atlas from predicting that Wilder still has the ability to turn things against Fury.

Wilder almost KO’d Fury in the pair’s first match in 2018, but Atlas believes that it is determination, not punch ”that can decide Sunday’s meeting.

“I think he can (do it),” Atlas said on THE FIGHT with Teddy Atlas.

“He wants to be stronger because he wants to be more afraid of how he will feel the day after the match and the many, many days after the match. What he should live with and what he should feel (with a loss), he will be more afraid of it than anything he will face on the night of the match.

“36 minutes, that’s it … depending on it, eternity.

“Fury is fighting for his legacy, which is very important, and another big payday, to keep it going and he is huge. But this guy (Wilder) is fighting for something a little more rare, more important than that. He fights for his existence, his right to feel a certain way for the rest of his life. ”

Luke Brown, who wrote for The Athletic, agreed that the stakes were dangerously high for Wilder and believed that the many excuses he had given for the second match provided an insight into his mindset and strategy for the trilogy.

“Wilder was downed and beaten last time in Vegas, and his one-shot strategy was revealed to be inadequate in light of Fury’s power and strength,” Brown wrote.

“But if Wilder accepts that he was reasonably beaten – which he largely does not – he will have to change his approach. I’m not sure he has it in him.

“So instead he has blamed everything and everyone. A poisoned drink. His heavy costume. Partial Judge. Fury’s gloves. Mark Breland.

“The problem is that he has nothing to blame if he has to lose to Fury for the second time, a defeat that would leave the 35-year-old’s career at a crossroads. Defeat (Sunday) would be more damaging in the long run for Wilder than Fury, and that builds pressure. ”

Fury is the overwhelming favorite and most experts’ choice for victory, but many warn Wilder – who may have been unfairly ridiculed after the first professional defeat in a career of 44 matches – should not be written off.

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Kevin Iole, who wrote to Yahoo, said it was “nonsense and just wrong” to suggest that Wilder had no chance.

“Having said that, there is much reason to doubt that he can overcome the big gap he faced in the last fight between them,” Iole wrote.

“The second match highlighted a striking weakness for Wilder: the inability to fight backwards. Fury noticed this in the first battle, and worked throughout his camp for the second to come relentlessly forward.

“At 273 pounds, he was like a truck without brakes rolling down a steep hill, and Wilder seemed powerless to stop him.”

Timothy Bradley Jr., in a column for ESPN, said Wilder not fighting well afterwards remained his biggest barrier to victory.

He portrayed the reality of the gap in boxing skills between the pair and wrote: “Despite a draw in the first fight, let’s put things in perspective by asking a simple question: how many rounds has Wilder actually won against Fury across of matches?

“If you count the first round for Wilder in the second match, it really is the most you can give him. I thought he was blown out and lost every single round, but let’s give Wilder the benefit of the doubt, so it’s six rounds for Fury, one for Wilder.

Then you have the 12 rounds they had the first time, and when you see the giant back, Fury should probably have won eight rounds to four, minimum. Not to say the referees were far away — with the two knockdowns it would be a 114-112 score for Fury, which is what one referee had, and another scorecard was 113-113 (the third referee had the match 115-111 for Wilder).

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Tyson Fury knocks Deontay Wilder down during their final match.
Tyson Fury knocks Deontay Wilder down during their final match.Source: Getty Images

“I do not think it was even that close – I thought Fury won every round except the two he fell in. So when you take 19 rounds right there, at best for Wilder, he won five and Fury won 14 of them, at best. Fury is just a better fighter. If he stays on his feet, he wins this battle. ”

Brian Campbell, who wrote for CBS, said that while the focus remained on Wilder’s punch as his only chance, there were signs that the American had finally built on his bag of tricks under new coach Malik Scott.

Training videos have suggested a new focus on body shots, a tactic Wilder had previously abandoned against Fury.

“I went into Deontay’s toolbox and pulled out everything he did well,” Scott said. “I wanted to make sure we drilled it again and again. I did not learn anything new. He has good basic principles, he just did not always use them. I just remind him of tools he did not use. ”

Anthony Stitt, who wrote for Forbes, predicted that even a new approach might not be enough for Wilder.

“Fury’s boxing -IQ is ingenious level, while Wilder’s punching power is atomic level. That’s what makes their fights so compelling. But remember, it’s brains that usually conquer power in boxing (eg Ali-Foreman, Holmes-Cooney, Mayweather-Alvarez), ”Stitt wrote.

“Can Fury KO Wilder this time? Probably not. Wilder will be more careful, more evasive and wiser. And when Fury realizes that he can not score KO, he wins the late rounds with what got him to the top – brilliant boxing. ”


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