Deontay Wilder has told talkSPORT he is in the perfect shape and ‘ready for war’ against Tyson Fury in their monumental heavyweight title fight.
The American’s WBC crown will be on the line in Las Vegas on February 22 when the pair meet in their highly-anticipated rematch – a fight you can hear live and exclusive for free on talkSPORT.
Despite fears their first fight in December 2018 could fail to catch fire, the two men produced an instant classic at the Staples Center which left fans across the globe desperate for a sequel.
Although outboxed in large parts by the elusive ‘Gypsy King’, Wilder scored two thunderous knockdowns, leaving Fury prone on the deck in an epic 12th round.
But the Brit was not to be denied and rallied to arguably win the remainder of the round for long enough to see the bout scored a controversial split decision draw.
Almost a year-and-a-half later, the two men will pit their wits against another once again and the ‘Bronze Bomber’ told talkSPORT from his Alabama training camp he cannot wait.
“I mean, this is the biggest heavyweight title fight in the world,” Wilder told Gareth A Davies. “And I’m just happy to be a part of it.
“The first fight was such an amazing fight; it was thrilling, it was exciting and with all that being said, it left us with a controversial decision.
“And this is what makes the second fight so exciting. So we can get rid of everyone’s opinions, we finally get down to the bottom line.”
Prior to their first meeting in Los Angeles, Wilder claimed he broke his right hand and was unable to throw his devastating punches with as much conviction or accuracy.
The mischievous mind games of Fury at the press conferences and weigh ins also seemed to leave the 34-year-old somewhat rattled as the champion failed to add yet another knockout to his brutal CV.
But, offering a unique insight into the psyche of a world heavyweight champion, Wilder revealed his preparations for this fight have been perfect and he is ready and willing to leave it all in the ring in Sin City.
He continued: “Not only do I look good, but I feel great as well. The preparation for this fight, everything I’ve been through, just the quick turnaround has been key as well.
“I’m just happy! And then when you’re happy, when your life is structured around peace and I don’t have no drama. I don’t have no stress in my life and it took a long time to get to this point. But I can happily say I’m at peace and I think it plays a big part in a fighter’s life that he is happy.
“Because a happy fighter, he’s a healthy fighter and he have a lot of peace around him because we have so much going on in our heads and we have to prepare for war. And when you prepare for war, as I always say, we are risking our lives for others entertainment.
Deontay Wilder on his rematch with Tyson Fury
“And if you don’t do it, you will never know the severeness [sic] of what it feels like to get up inside that ring and I don’t know if I’m getting out the same way I got in.
“So you have to have a mentality of a warrior and a mindset of a King to go in there and do your thing each and every time and I do that and, come February 22 at the MGM Grand, it’s going to be amazing.
“It’s just amazing man, I’m thankful to be in these times of the heavyweight division.
“There once upon a time it was dead, and here we are now. It’s well alive and it’s breathing like a dragon!”