'Completely different' Deontay Wilder in 'amazing physical shape' for Fury clash

Deontay Wilder has completely transformed himself for his trilogy clash with Tyson Fury, according to Raphael Akpejiori.

Wilder’s protege lifted the lid on the heavyweight’s preparation for Fury and how he has recovered from his brutal knockout defeat to the Gypsy King last February.

Akpejiori has been in Miami with Wilder while he steps up his speed and conditioning training and warned Fury the former WBC champion was a whole new fighter.

‘Based on what I know, the only person that can beat Deontay right now, is Deontay,’ Akpejiori told Sky Sports.

‘He will beat Fury if he sticks to the game plan from his coaching staff, and I know that he has all the physical tools.

‘Right now he is in amazing physical shape, that I can tell you for sure.

‘You will see a completely different Deontay, mentally and physically in the ring, when that bell rings again for that third fight. That I can tell you.’

There have been persistent rumours Wilder might pull out of his third bout with Fury, but those claims have always been denied by the Bronze Bomber’s team.

Fury and Wilder were pencilled in to fight last July before the coronavirus pandemic hit the world.

Wilder reportedly had bicep surgery after his loss to Fury, but Akpejiori played down the idea the American wasn’t at his best.

‘You’re going to have to wait for Deontay to break it down and address those rumours,’ said Akpejiori.

‘Listen, I can tell you from my conversations with Deontay that he was ready to fight Tyson Fury in July.

‘The only reason why he didn’t fight Tyson Fury in July, was because the fight was moved due to the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown that came after that.

‘He does the same workouts that we’ve been doing. I don’t know how somebody can be injured and do all that. It’s really hard stuff, I can tell you that for sure.’

He added: ‘Concerning fighting Tyson Fury, he’s extremely confident. He’s very excited about that third fight.

‘I can tell you for sure that he’s very hungry, and he’s trying to get back into the ring as soon as possible. He’s in great spirits, excited to get back to fight Tyson Fury.’

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