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Why wind up merchant Tyson Fury is making me doubt Wilder prediction: Carl Frampton

Boxers Deontay Wilder, left, and Tyson Fury exchange words at a pre-fight press conference.
Boxers Deontay Wilder, left, and Tyson Fury exchange words at a pre-fight press conference.

By Carl Frampton in his Sunday Life column

The most intriguing fight of the year is only days away now as Tyson Fury prepares to try and pull off one of the biggest comebacks in the history of sport.

Three years ago this week, he produced a huge shock to defeat Wladimir Klitschko in Germany and then gradually his life seemed to fall apart. He had thoughts of suicide and was drinking heavily, but has turned himself around and this Saturday night in Los Angeles is looking to be champion again when he takes on Deontay Wilder for the WBC title.

It’s an incredible story. Fury has lost 10 stone and looking at the pictures he seems to be in great shape but it’s going to be a massive challenge to take the title from Wilder, who has obviously been a lot more active and carries huge power.

Initially when the fight was made I strongly thought that Wilder would win comfortably and at this point I still feel he is the favourite, but I’m not just as confident.

I think I feel less confident just because of the way Fury has continued to get better and better since returning to the ring in June and also because he hasn’t lost the skills to make life very, very difficult for any heavyweight — and he knows what it takes to be World champion having beaten the best guy around, Klitschko, when he was in his prime.

Wilder has bad feet, he’s unorthodox and he’s not the most technically gifted boxer around but he carries dynamite power and it’s whether or not he can land it. Then you look at Fury who is nimble and awkward at the same time — you look at the size of him and it’s strange to see him move the way he can for such a big man.

He also has the ability to get inside the head of the opponent and if he is going to win I think that is a key point — he’ll wind up Wilder, that’s for sure.

If he was completely honest I think Fury would admit that he would have liked one or two more fights before facing Wilder because this is a massive jump from fighting Francesco Pianetta at Windsor Park in the summer.

Inactivity is a killer for fighters and that is the big issue hanging over Fury. I know he has done a lot of sparring and looked good but there is a relaxed feeling about sparring that is different to fight night.

When you’re in a big fight there are so many things racing through your mind, there’s nervous energy — you’re asking yourself, ‘Did I do enough to win that round?’, ‘What do I need to do in the next round to make sure I stay ahead?’ or ‘What do I need to try to stop the other guy taking control?’. Things like that use up energy whereas in sparring you can try things, you know you’re not being judged — there’s no real concern about winning.

For example, in one spar recently, Conrad Cummings was asked by our coach Jamie Moore to simply work for three minutes on not getting hit, nothing else — in a fight your mind has to be switched on to everything.

So, you do have to wonder how being in a big fight again will affect Fury and I could see a scenario where he could be ahead on points — even by the halfway stage — but then late on he gets tagged by one of those big Wilder swings from every kind of angle and that will be the end. For me it’s the power that Wilder has that will be the difference — he’s the big puncher.

But I really hope that Fury does it and if he can be World champion again after all he has been through that would be one of the all-time greatest sporting achievements.

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