Wilder vs Fury 2: Tyson confirms ankle injuries suffered in training camp
In the weeks leading up to "Wilder vs Fury 2", Eddie Hearn dropped a bombshell during an interview with a boxing media member, claiming that he'd heard something that happened in Tyson's camp, which caused the always outspoken promoter to change his pre-fight prognostication to a Wilder KO victory.
"I thought Fury would win the fight," Hearn recently told TalkSport. "But I've heard a few things in camp...it might be rubbish, but now I do think Wilder's going to win the fight by stoppage."
After initially dismissing rumors of any injury that could negatively affect his performance on Saturday night, the 6'9" heavyweight finally came clean about an "unfortunate incident" that occurred early in training camp.
"Unfortunately, I hurt both ankles in training camp," Fury admitted to Blue Blood Sports TV on Wednesday afternoon.
"But it's not going to affect me in the fight, because that was at the beginning of camp, and it was an unnecessary accident...but you know, things happen."
As was previously reported by FightSaga.com earlier this week, although Tyson dismissed reports or rumors of any injury taking place during his 7 week training period at the Top Rank Gym, it seemed odd that the current lineal heavyweight champion didn't deny the rumors either.
Is this why the Gypsy King wouldn't allow PBC cameras inside the training facility to shoot promotional footage in January?
Will the injury to both ankles affect his performance on Saturday night?
Fury isn't above canceling or postponing a fight due to an ankle injury.
In June of 2016, Tyson canceled his rematch with former lineal heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and never rescheduled.
If the Gypsy King weren't 100% heading into Saturday night's event, Tyson would have postponed the highly anticipated event and rescheduled.
So fight fans shouldn't be concerned. Plan on seeing a very mobile and active Tyson Fury in the ring this weekend.
Were the ankle injuries the primary reason why Fury chose to change his strategy for the long-awaited rematch with devastating puncher Deontay Wilder, and implement a more aggressive gameplan in the ring?
According to the Gypsy King, the motive is simply to prove that he is the tougher fighter, both mentally and physically, in the ring.
"I'm the tougher guy, bigger guy, stronger guy, and I'm willing to put everything on the line...so is Deontay. That's why it's going to be a great fight on Saturday night."
While no one can question Tyson's heart and overall toughness in the ring, how does he plan to show his ring nemesis that he is indeed the more durable fighter and knock him out?
"I'm going to headbutt him right in the chin! BOOM!"
With all joking aside, it was the 12th round of the first fight with "The Bronze Bomber" that proved to the Manchester native that he is the more durable fighter.
Tyson feels compelled to show the world in round thirteen.
"After getting up from the knockdown in the twelfth round, it gave me the indication that I can get up off the floor, pressure him and fight him on his back foot."
The official weigh-in for "Wilder vs. Fury 2" will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Friday, February 21st, at 6 PM ET, and will be hosted by Joe Tessitore, Brian Kenny, Shawn Porter and Kate Abdo.
On Saturday afternoon, February 22nd, at 1 PM ET, ABC will broadcast a live one-hour preview for "Wilder vs Fury 2" to entice mainstream and casual sports fans who are currently "on the bubble" about purchasing the highly anticipated event. The special preview will be rebroadcast at 6 PM ET on "ESPNEWS".
At 9PM ET, Saturday, February 22nd, the long-awaited rematch, "Wilder vs. Fury 2 PPV", will be available for purchase through the ESPN + and FOX Sports apps for a one-time cost of $79.95 in HD.