You won't find many fighters more intimidating than Deontay Wilder, and you won't find many more quotable than Tyson Fury. After an ultimately anticlimactic draw in their thrilling first matchup in 2018, the pair will duke it out once again in late February with the WBC and lineal heavyweight championships on the line. Both sluggers came together for a press conference in Los Angeles Tuesday, and there was no shortage of bravado and chest-beating. Let's go over the very best bits.
5. Fury: “If I’m Stupid Enough to Get Hit With it, I Deserve to Lose."
Fury subtly parroted the criticisms of Wilder's boxing style, as some claim that he is too singularly reliant on his knockout power and not refined and technical as some of the other boxing greats of past and present in his division. Fury might act unimpressed, but Wilder has shown that he can knock him down in their first fight.
4. Wilder: "He Played It Safe While I Went to the Mountaintop and Climbed it."
After fighting one another to a standstill, both of these stars tuned up in the interim. The Bronze Bomber took on Dominic Breazale and Luis Ortiz, both of whom have recent title fights on their record, while Fury took on the highly overmatched Tom Schwarz before nearly being upset by Otto Wallin. Wilder didn't fight prime Mike Tyson, but he's clearly prepared for the rematch by taking on stronger opponents.
3. Wilder: "I Know Everything He Wants To Do."
Fury is a thinking man's boxer, as his dexterity and unpredictability in the ring makes him one of the most exciting fighters to watch. Wilder, however, wants us to believe that he has cracked the code and figured out how the Gypsy King will attack him in the rematch. Wilder looked frustrated for much of the first fight, and will have to put forth his single best effort to prevail this time around.
2. Fury: "100 Percent, He Can’t Win."
Fury is nothing if not a showman, and he's gone full Joe Namath by guaranteeing a win over Wilder when they meet for the second time. Fury has as good a chance as anyone at taking down the undefeated WBC champ, but his prospects for success in the fight hinge on his ability to avoid Wilder's knockout power to perfection -- no easy task for a mortal being.
1. Fury: “I’m The Best Of My Era."
Fury might have made his name by knocking down Ukranian legend Wladimir Klitschko and ending a championship reign of over 4,000 days, but that does not make him anywhere close to the best heavyweight of his era -- not yet. If he beats Wilder and succeeds to take down Anthony Joshua soon after, however, then we can starting considering Fury as one of the true greats. This fight is about legacy for both men.