Deontay Wilder has revealed he compromised going into his first showdown with Tyson Fury. The Olympic bronze medalist defended his WBC heavyweight title against the lineal champion in December 2018 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The pair fought to a controversial draw, with Fury surviving two brutal knockdowns in the tenth and 12th rounds to take the champion the distance for only the second time in his career.
The pair will renew their rivalry a week on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
And ahead of his eagerly-anticipated second meeting with the former unified champion, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ has revealed his devastating right hand was fractured going into their first clash.
“In that first fight I was probably 50 per cent or less,” Wilder said. “I’ve spoken before about my broken hand, but I also didn’t fight like I normally do. I did a lot of things I don’t normally do.
“Now I’m ready to do the proper things that need to be done. I’ve lived that moment of excitement and I can’t wait.
“This time I’m going to knock him out and he won’t get up. This is unfinished business.”
Wilder has gone on to record devastating knockout victories over Dominic Breazeale and Luis Ortiz since his first meeting with Fury.
The 34-year-old showcased a marked improvement with his footwork and set-ups in both fights, which his coach and manager Jay Deas believes are the keys to his stunning power shots.
“We do what we call a six-month test,” Deas said. “Every six months we ask ourselves, would you right now beat you from six months ago?
“I can answer 100 per cent honestly since the beginning of the first day he came into the gym that answer has been yes.
“Him now beats him from six months ago.
“He keeps getting better and better and smarter and refined
“The thing that people don’t really get, the timing, the distance, the spacing, all those things that allow you to land those big punches, that’s skill.
“What Deontay does he puts himself in a position to land those shots and that takes more skill than people can sometimes comprehend.
“His improvement just continues and continues and he wants to learn.
“He’s still hungry to get better and better.”