TYSON FURY claims he survived four thunderbolt knockdowns in his Deontay Wilder trilogy because “size matters”.
Fury was floored two times in drawing his first fight against the world’s hardest hitter and got up twice more in the second of his two wins that followed.
And he reckons Wilder could never KO him due to his gargantuan frame.
TalkSPORT’s Michael Benson reports Britain’s unbeaten heavyweight king as saying: “I think my sheer size and weight has a lot to do with him not being able to knock me out cold.
“He hits a guy 6ft 3ins and 225lbs, they’re nailed to the canvas. But a guy 6ft 9ins and 277lbs – size matters.”
Talks over Fury fighting Oleksandr Usyk in a title unifier on April 29 appear to have stalled.
And a fourth clash with Wilder, plus a bout with Anthony Joshua, are also possible.
And the Gypsy King, 34, has no doubt the Bronze Bomber has given him the severest tests in his 33 victories and single draw.
Fury said: “My most formidable opponent was Deontay Wilder.
“All three times it could’ve been curtains for me at any second. He knocked out every single person that he ever fought, apart from me.
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“I’d back him to beat everybody in the division apart from myself.”
Fury recovered from an almighty knock-down in the 12th round of his first fight with Wilder in August 2018 to deserve more than his draw.
And in February 2020 he dominated the American, flooring him twice on the way to a seventh-round KO.
But Fury himself said he had to overcome mental health issues in the trilogy contest in October 2021 – judged The Ring magazine fight of the year.
He admitted afterwards he didn’t know what had happened to him when he was twice flattened.
But in the end he triumphed via a stoppage in the final round.
Fury said at the time only someone “made of something a little bit different” could have come back from Wilder’s “absolutely massive” punches.
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