LAS VEGAS – Jay Deas, Deontay Wilder's trainer, knows first-hand the power of the WBC heavyweight champion in his strokes. Those who hold the gloves while Wilder rains repeat thundering blows on the padded hands and middle parts and do not always escape without injuries.
Broken fingers, sprained elbows and, for Deas, a rib that detached from the cartilage during an uppercut are just a few of the injuries sustained during training during a 15-year partnership.
"He can hit your forearm and shoulder and it's incredibly painful," said Deas on Friday.
Wilder's power will be the deciding factor in his pay-per-view rematch with Tyson Fury at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night. Can Wilder land his devastating right hand what he calls "Alabama Slammer"? Can anger avoid it? Anger must do its job for 12 rounds. Wilder only needs a moment.
For this reason, the prediction here is wilder through a late knockout to keep the WBC title heavy
Wilder dropped Fury twice in her first fight at Staples Center on December 1, 2018 – once in the ninth round and again in the twelfth. Anger rose and survived both times. But a heavier and perhaps more aggressive anger could be easier to find in the rematch.
"I'm just telling him not to blink," said Wilder on Friday.
Wilder from Tuscaloosa, Ala., Is 6-foot-7 and currently has the highest knockout percentage in heavyweight boxing history with a record 41-0-1 with 40 knockouts. Only two men, Wilder, Bermane Stiverne and Fury, covered the distance when they were fighting for a split draw. Wilder knocked out Stiverne in a rematch and will try to do the same against Fury (29-0-1, 20 KOs) on Saturday night.
Wilder, who will make the 11th defense of his heavyweight title, said he knew for the first time that he had devastating power at the beginning of his career. This force has since been compared to that of Tommy Hearns and George Foreman.
Fury felt this force when he looked as if he had gotten cold in a left-right combination in the 12th round of the first fight. He got up somehow and grew strong.
Fury of Manchester, England, may be one of the most elusive heavyweights of his generation, but he raised his eyebrows at some of his choices. He first switched coaches and ended a successful partnership with Ben Davidson to hire SugarHill Steward, the nephew of the late Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward. It was added to make Fury more of a knockout threat. How they jell after just a few months could affect the outcome of the fight.
"I think that's an advantage for us," said Deas. "We've been together for 15 years. Our team works well together. I'm excited to see how they'll be together in just two months. It was a magic when Ben and Tyson were together."
Second, Fury weighed 273 pounds on Friday, more than 17 pounds heavier than the first fight. Anger had been predicting that we would be close to 270 all along and was not worried about the outcome.
"It's 273 pounds of pure British beef," he said. "I'm looking for a KO [of] Wilder. "
Still, that's troubling for a man who has once climbed over £ 400 and needs all the stamina he can muster to get through 12 exhausting laps.
"It'll slow him down," said Wilder, weighing a heavy 231.
Anger must also protect a cut he suffered in his last fight against Otto Wallin in September, which required 47 stitches to heal.
Deas said that Wilder had to be more balanced than in the first fight and not give away too many early rounds.
"With Fury, we have to make some progress early," said Deas. "We cannot go on laps 8 and 9 and have done nothing. Some progress needs to be made."
Anger is the ultimate “gypsy king” and will do anything to survive. He will likely come out aggressively and force Wilder to fend off his rear foot.
Maintaining that for 12 rounds and avoiding Wilders' power is his ultimate challenge. Anger could win by decision if it lasts. But Wilder doesn't let it get that far.
Forecast: Wild by late knockout.