Deontay Wilder fought Tyson Fury with an injured arm, according to his coach Jay Deas. The WBC heavyweight champion locked horns with ‘The Gypsy King’ in December 2018 in front of a sold-out crowd at Los Angeles’ T-Mobile Arena.
The pair fought to a controversial split draw, with Fury surviving two late knockdowns to become only the second man to take Wilder the distance.
And according to Deas, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ was compromised going into his clash with the former unified heavyweight champion.
“The last time he fought against Tyson Fury, Deontay had an arm injury,” Deas told World Boxing News.
“Even though it was healed by fight time, the timing on it was still off. Deontay was also very light and wasn’t eating as much as he should. This time he’s very healthy and firing on all cylinders.
Deas, who also serves as Wilder’s manager, said: “Tyson Fury can say what he wants about how the fight will go.
“But whatever their game plan is we will be well prepared for it.
“In regards to the weight, he’s a big guy anyway. Heavyweights shouldn’t let the scale dictate anything.
“As long as a heavyweight is training hard and eating well, the weight is the weight.
“I think Tyson will always be able to move well, regardless of whether he weighs 270 pounds.”
Fury is brimming with confidence ahead of his second meeting with Wilder, so much so he’s vowed to knock out the Olympian.
That notion has greatly amused Wilder, who said: “We all know he don’t have no power. As far as him knocking me out, he don’t believe that himself.
“He can’t even see that in his dreams.”