Tyson Fury: Deontay Wilder rematch was 'one of the easiest fights' of my career

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Tyson Fury has stated his emphatic rematch victory against Deontay Wilder in February was "one of the easiest" of his career, revealing the American failed to provide the challenge he expected.

The Brit maintained his undefeated record with a seventh-round stoppage triumph, capturing the WBC belt in the process; the one heavyweight title that had previously eluded the highly decorated fighter.

The pair’s first bout was a totally different affair, Wilder – although largely outboxed – knocking Fury to the floor on two occasions, the result a draw.

On this occasion, however, Fury dominated from the opening bell until Wilder’s trainer threw in the towel, with the Gypsy King subsequently announcing his dissatisfaction with his opponent’s performance.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Fury said: "To be honest I was quite disappointed in the challenge that Wilder brought because I did train for 12 rounds at any pace and put myself through hell and back for 10 weeks in the training camp.

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"I prepared for the best fighter on the planet, I prepared for the most vicious puncher on the Earth that there's ever been and I was quite disappointed because it wasn't the challenge that I expected."

Wilder – who lost for the first time in 43 fights – said his 40-pound ring walk costume drained his energy and ultimately cost him the fight.

Fury – acknowledging Wilder seemed a shadow of himself – believes there may have been an issue for the American as he was a level below what was anticipated.

"Although it was a fantastic victory for myself - and it was a great fight - it just did seem that Wilder maybe wasn't himself,” Fury explained.

"Maybe all the excuses he made, some of them were true. Maybe his legs were sore from the costume, maybe he did have the flu, maybe he did have a broken arm or a bone in his back or whatever.

"I'm not sure, because that wasn't the Deontay Wilder that I prepared for. That wasn't the animal I put myself through all those hours in training for.

"Like I said, it would be one of my easiest fights, and it was. I believe that was one of my easiest fights apart from the early knockovers that I had and at this level you don't usually get that sort of easy victory, with heavyweight champions of the world.

"The guy's been heavyweight champion of the world and made 10 title defences, knocked out every single person and to go in there with me, who's usually a boxer, counter-puncher, master-skilled boxer, and get absolutely destroyed in a few rounds.

"I trained for an absolute battle royale and I didn't get that, so hopefully there's a couple of fighters out there that, when I do go into training camp and I do serious training, that they will be worthy of the challenge."

Wilder – prior to the significant disruptions subsequent to the outbreak of coronavirus – triggered a rematch clause in his contract to ensure a third fight between the two giants.

Promoter Eddie Hearn believes postponements may push an undisputed showdown between Anthony Joshua and Fury closer, however.

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