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Deontay Wilder’s ‘career is on the line – and he knows it’ in Tyson Fury trilogy bout

Deontay Wilder’s ‘career is on the line – and he knows it’ in Tyson Fury trilogy bout… and defeat will leave him ‘no longer among the heavyweight elite’, claims his former promoterDeontay Wilder’s former co-promoter believes his career is now on the lineThe American will face Tyson Fury in a trilogy bout on July 24 in Las VegasWilder lost by knockout in February 2020 – the last time either of them foughtLou DiBella insists his former fighter has to win if he wants to rebuild himself 

Deontay Wilder’s former co-promoter believes the American has to beat Tyson Fury if he is to salvage his heavyweight career.

The pair will face each other in the ring for a third time on July 24 in Las Vegas, in a fight that put an end to any hopes that Fury would face Anthony Joshua in an all-British undisputed bout this summer.

The first fight between Wilder and Fury ended in a controversial draw, with the American widely viewed to have lost the fight, but the Gypsy King made sure the judges weren’t needed in the rematch as he knocked Wilder out.

Lou DiBella believes Deontay Wilder’s career is on the line in his trilogy fight against Tyson Fury

The American was comprehensively beaten when the pair last fought in February 2020 

That fight was in February 2020, and neither have been seen in the ring since, but Wilder’s former co-promoter Lou DiBella believes it is the American who has all the pressure on him. 

‘Look, his career is on the line, and he knows it,’ DiBella told SecondsOut.

‘I mean, if he gets smoked again by Fury, where does he go? He’s no longer among the elite in the heavyweight division.

DiBella, Wilder’s former co-promoter, believes he has to win to stay in the division’s elite

‘So whatever he wants to do right now to carry him into the fight with the greatest confidence and personal peace is probably what he should be doing.’

Training footage has shown Wilder weight training in the build-up to the fight, suggesting he will be focusing on the knockout later this month rather than trying to get the better of Fury technically.

And DiBella sees that as a wise move, insisting any attempt to outbox Fury would only end in defeat.

Wilder has posted footage of his weight training as he builds towards the bout on July 24

‘He’s obviously getting himself into shape to be strong for this fight, so I’m not going to get on him for the video,’ DiBella said. 

‘I think his strength is his best hope. He’s not outboxing Tyson Fury. He’s not. And he’s either knocking him out or beating him up. 

‘It’s virtually impossible to see him outboxing him, so physical strength is probably an important component for him.

‘If he’s to win the fight by knockout if his puncher’s chance is to come through, his head has to be in the right place.’

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