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Wilder in confident mood ahead of Fury showdown

Deontay focused on December 1 bout in Los Angeles.

Deontay Wilder warned he has “transformed into a killer” as he ramped up his preparation for his fight with Tyson Fury, dismissing Anthony Joshua as a “coward”.

US heavyweight champion Wilder is putting his WBC belt and 40-0 unbeaten record on the line when he faces Fury in Los Angeles on December 1.

During a warm-up event in the city on Monday, the Bronze Bomber told reporters he was in “wonderful” condition.

He said: “I’m feeling wonderful. My mindset has changed, my body has changed, I feel like a killer. I’m transformed into a killer.”

Wilder compared his preparation for the bout to that of a soldier in the military, who knows “they’re going into dangerous territories” and have to “be prepared”.

The 33-year-old added: “When it’s time for fighting and I’m risking my life, I turn into the Bronze Bomber. When I’m in the ring it’s a different thing than when I’m just Deontay Wilder.”

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder – Press Conference – BT Sport Studio
Deontay Wilder takes on Tyson Fury next month (Steven Paston/PA).

On a potential fight with IBF, WBA and WBO champion Anthony Joshua, Wilder added: “I don’t have a message for Anthony Joshua.

“It’s all about Tyson Fury. I don’t want anyone to ask me about Anthony Joshua. He was a coward and that’s that.”

Wilder has been training in his home state of Alabama for the fight and revealed he has not yet contacted former world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko for tips on how to fight Fury.

Carl Frampton and Tyson Fury Weigh-In – Europa Hotel
Tyson Fury will test Deontay Wilder in Los Angeles (Liam McBurney/PA).

Klitschko fought – and lost to – the Gypsy King in 2015 and Wilder said: “I personally didn’t reach out to him, I don’t even know if my team have either.

“That’s a great idea, I haven’t even thought about that one. We’ve just been going along with what we know.

“What we’ve been doing has been amazing. But that’s maybe something we will probably reach out and do and ask him how he was feeling, what was he thinking.

Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko – Wembley Stadium
Anthony Joshua is not in Deontay Wilder’s thinking (Nick Potts/PA).

“What was the thing that caused him to throw not so many punches as we know he could do? I feel if Klitschko would have thrown punches like we know he could do, it would’ve been a different result in the fight.”

Wilder, who boasts a punishing 40-0 record with 39 wins coming by knockout, said he was “so tired” of talking about the fight and warned 30-year-old Fury he “doesn’t know what he’s gotten himself into”.

He added: “Nothing at all that concerns me or scares me (about Fury). I’m the best in the world.”

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