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Tyson Fury talks up threat of Deontay Wilder ahead of trilogy fight

Tyson Fury talks up threat of Deontay Wilder
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Tyson Fury claims that he will be 'playing around with an atomic bomb' when facing Deontay Wilder in their world heavyweight title bout in Las Vegas on Saturday.

WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has reiterated that he regards Deontay Wilder as the most dangerous heavyweight in the division.

Over 18 months after stopping Wilder to win a version of the heavyweight title, Fury will attempt to record back-to-back victories in Saturday's trilogy bout in Las Vegas.

Their first showdown saw Fury dropped twice by his rival, the American only denied a final-round knockout by a miraculous recovery from the British fighter.

While Fury was able to comprehensively beat Wilder in the rematch, the 33-year-old has compared the task of facing the former titleholder to someone "playing with an atomic bomb".

Speaking at a BT Sport Box Office event, Fury said: "Make no mistake about this, Deontay Wilder is the most dangerous heavyweight out there. Combine them all together and they don't make a danger like Wilder.

"So that's what I'm messing with. I'm playing with an atomic bomb, messing round, clipping wires. Every time you go into the ring with Deontay Wilder you're playing with that danger.

"This is the third time now I've been in the ring with him and every single time he's been very dangerous. He's a very dangerous hombre with big, big power and he can close the distance quickly.

"With most boxers they need to hit you with five punches, with Wilder he can hit you with a quarter punch and knock you spark out."

Although the winner of this fight will likely be mandated to face Dillian Whyte, the victor will have eyes on the rematch between IBF, WBA and WBO champion Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua next year.

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