Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder 2: Gypsy King Will Be a 'better Fighter' in the Rematch

Tyson Fury is a "better fighter" going into the rematch against Deontay Wilder on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

The WBC heavyweight title and the vacant The Ring belt will be on the line when the Briton takes on the Bronze Bomber at the MGM Grand Garden Arena 15 months since their first fight.

Fury was six months into his return from a three-year hiatus when he collided with Wilder in Los Angeles in December 2018. The Gypsy King successfully outboxed his rival for large spells of the fight and earned a split draw, despite being knocked down in the 9th and 12th rounds.

Since then, Fury has defeated Germany's Tom Schwarz by TKO in two rounds in June last year and Sweden's Otto Wallin by unanimous decision three months later.

The Briton has insisted he arrives into the rematch in peak physical shape and his advisor and camp manager Timothy Allcock believes Fury's improved fitness makes him a better fighter.

"I'd say Tyson respects Wilder more in this fight, but Tyson knows he can beat him," he told VegasInsider.com. "The way Tyson has changed things, he is a better fighter because of it, which brings more chance of winning the fight."

In the lead-up to the first fight, Fury underwent a rigorous training regime to shed the excesses of a battle with addiction and bipolar disorder. The Briton surrendered the titles he took from Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 and his weight ballooned from 260lb to nearly 400lb.

Preparation for the rematch on Saturday night has been stricter still, with particular attention devoted to his diet.

"Everything has been put into place [and] done properly [and] has benefitted him," Allcock added. "The big differences have been food, particularly strictness with what is in camp—silly little things like cans of Diet Coke have gone.

"It's been a hell of a lot more disciplined and it had to be a bit like this. ... We definitely had to rope in the food. Tyson never really stuck to the diet plan we gave him last time, he was always nipping out and eating fast food outside the camp—and all that has changed now."

In the first fight, Fury dispelled any doubts over his fitness by becoming the second fighter to take Wilder the distance in the American's 43 professional bouts. Wilder has recorded 41 stoppages in his 42 professional wins.

The Manchester-born fighter is technically a more accomplished boxer than the American and he's far likelier to win on points than his opponent. Odds on Fury to win on points are 8/5, while Wilder is 8/1.

The Alabama-native is arguably the most devastating puncher in the world and gave Fury a test of that particular medicine 15 months ago, flooring him in the 9th and 12th rounds.

The Briton, however, survived what he described as "two of the best punches I have ever seen thrown in a heavyweight fight" and beat the count.

Fury was ahead in at least one scorecard going into the final round of the first bout and while experts believe he has a better chance of winning on points, he's determined to knock Wilder out.

The American hasn't hit the canvas since he fought Harold Sconiers in October 2010, but Fury didn't appear fazed by the record.

"Because it's Las Vegas and I want to put on a show," he said in his press conference earlier this week. "I want a knockout this time. I'd prefer to go down swinging than outboxing him and not getting the decision. That means I've lost."

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Tyson Fury flashes number two as he says he will knockout Deontay Wilder in two rounds during a news conference with at The Novo Theater at L.A. Live on January 13 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty