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Tyson Fury can craft and crush his way into history and Deontay Wilder into retirement later tonight in Las Vegas.
Britain’s heavyweight champ Fury is a warm tip to repeat his second-bout win – albeit on points this time – in the long-awaited trilogy fight.
But the Gypsy King has had major problems in his build-up after the date was put back due to the 33-year-old catching Covid.
Dynamite puncher Wilder’s career could be over if he loses again.
But British boxing legends Ricky Hatton and David Haye have both fired warnings to Fury.
Hatton urged his pal to ensure the contest doesn’t go “tits up” – after fellow Brit Anthony Joshua lost his WBA, IBF and WBO crowns to Oleksandr Usyk a fortnight ago
The former two-weight world king said: “Tyson is the favourite but it is not a foregone conclusion. It will be tricky.
“We all want Tyson to win but – like we saw with the AJ fight – these are all sticky wickets and it can all go tits up with one heavyweight punch.”
And Haye said: of Fury’s preparations: “If his camp has been that short then it is shocking but Tyson has proved time and time again that he raises his game only when he really has to.
“When he beat Deontay Wilder (February 2020) and Vladimir Klitschko (2015) he had his back against the wall and people ruling him out and his performances went through the roof.
“In other fights – like the Otto Wallin one – he has struggled his way through and not looked as good.
“Maybe Tyson just has Deontay Wilder’s number now and he has just got him in his pocket, it can happen. We will find out again on Saturday.”