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Deontay Wilder faces Bermane Stiverne on January 17 for the WBC world heavyweight title, and Tyson Fury believes he must knock his rival out within four rounds.
Fury is waiting on a title shot of his own as he lines up a bout with heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko later this year, while he will keep busy with a clash against Christian Hammer in February.
However, he has taken time out of his own preparations to discuss the Wilder-Stiverne match-up, and he sees the fight going one of two ways.
“Wilder’s record speaks for itself – he is unbeaten in 32 with all his wins quick,” Fury told BoxNation.
“Stiverne is a good fighter, he beat Chris Arreola. I see Wilder early, Stiverne late. Wilder within the first four rounds and if he doesn’t get him out of there, Stiverne beats Wilder.
“They have got to be up there with the best heavyweights in the world.”
Wilder has won all 32 of his professional bouts by way of knockout, and he has predicted a quick night’s work against his opponent on January 17.
Naturally, Stiverne disagrees with his opinion and he is confident that he will be able to defend his title which could in turn set up a huge unification fight with Klitschko down the line.
Fury will hope to get his shot before then as he implored his rival heavyweight fighters to fight the best and to not avoid each other in order to keep the division alive.
However, in the more immediate future he will hope to defeat Hammer on February 28 and protect his position as a mandatory challenger for the WBO belt.