Deontay Wilder says he’s visualised knocking Tyson Fury out “over and over again” ahead of their big heavyweight showdown on Saturday.
The American puts his WBC belt on the line against the fearsome Briton in Los Angeles in what is being billed as one of the fights of the year given both men are yet to taste defeat in their respective careers.
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The pair squared off in an angry press conference on Wednesday, which threatened to turn into a brawl at one stage, as they traded insults ahead of the fight.
Wilder is viewed as favourite and he says he’s been playing out the different scenarios that could happen at the Staples Center this weekend – but all of them have ended with him coming out on top.
“I’ve fought him 75 times now, over and over again I’ve seen different knockouts,” Wilder told Oddschecker. “I allow my mind to see different ways, I don’t just see it always one way because certain things may happen in the fight that I couldn’t visualise or I couldn’t see coming.
“In life we get blindsided and just like in a fight you can get blindsided. My mind is so open that I allow it to see it in a variety of ways. Each way I saw myself knocking him out.”
Wilder, who has 39 knockouts from his 40 wins, compared to 19 KO’s for Fury from his 27 wins, admits his Manchester-born opponent is a dangerous and unpredictable threat in the ring.
He added: “My whole mentality is going to be adjusting, trying to figure him out. I’ve never faced a guy of his style. “I think the first part, maybe even the second round, will be all about adjusting.
Who can adjust to whose style the fastest and then after that you’ll see things starting to work out, starting to add up.
“And whoever can solve the problem the fastest will be the one to add up and I know that’s gonna be me. I’m going to knock him out.”