Tyson Fury says he is delighted that there will be no British judges involved in Saturday’s world title rematch with Deontay Wilder.
The 31-year-old and American Wilder, the WBC world heavyweight champion, clash 14 months on from their controversial draw at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Fury was nailed twice by Wilder in their first encounter, in the ninth and 12th rounds respectively, before scorecards of 114-112 to Fury, 115-111 to Wilder, who has a record of 42-0 with 41 quick, and 113-113 were handed in by the three scoring judges.
The judge who scored the fight a draw was Phil Edwards, from Britain, and the self-styled ‘Gypsy King’ is said to be ecstatic that the judging panel for the return will be made up of Americans.
Kenny Bayliss will be the third man in the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, while Dave Moretti, Glen Feldman and Steve Weisfeld have been elected to oversee proceedings from the judging chairs.
“No British judges? Fantastic,” said Fury after learning of the officials for the fight that will see him pocket somewhere in the region of £31million. “It was the British judge who went against me last time, hence why I’ve not got a British judge this time.
“I’m happy and will be happy with the judges. They all do a fantastic job. I’m not going to need those judges anyway. I’m not leaving anything in their hands.”
Fury (29-0-1, 20 KOs) has long pushed the narrative that he will knock Wilder out inside two rounds as the pair have built up their eagerly anticipated second fight. Though many feel Fury doesn’t have the power to do so and that he will instead win on points if he is to win at all, Fury continued in that vein.
Fury concluded: ”I’ve been knocking my sparring partners out cold, so I’m feeling more powerful. I will win by a second-round knockout.”
Wilder vs. Fury II will air in the UK on BT Sport Box Office for £24.95.