Tyson Fury’s win over Deontay Wilder in February would have been a wake-up call for the Bronze Bomber, according to Shawn Porter, who believes Wilder’s lack of experience fighting top opponents cost him dearly.
Wilder was knocked out by Fury during their WBC world title clash in February.
Wilder’s boxing skills were exposed by Fury, who forced the American’s corner to throw the towel in during round seven.
And Porter thinks that because Wilder had previously faced fighters who gave him no trouble, he’s struggled to figure out which opponents may pose him any danger.
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“I think more than anything this second fight with Tyson Fury more than anything was a wakeup call,” Porter told Premier Boxing Champion’s Facebook page.
“There’s a process we go through as fighters along the way where we’re answering questions as we climb the ladder.
“What kind of fighter are we good against? What kind of fighter gives us trouble? What kind of fighter do we want to be?
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“[Wilder] was knocking everybody out… and never really got a chance answer the questions a lot of us get asked along the way in becoming champion.
“I think it finally caught up with him.’
Porter did explain, however, that Fury had been boxing his whole life, and so is already at an advantage.
Wilder started boxing at 18 years old, like fellow heavyweight rival Anthony Joshua.
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“Let’s also remember, Tyson Fury was basically born with gloves on his hands,” he added.
“His pedigree and experience as a true fighter is really what took him over the top in terms of being able to change trainers, changing training abilities.
“He enhanced who he was as a fighter and I don’t think Deontay knew how to do that.
“I think he knows how to do that now.”
Fury and Wilder were supposed to fight in July for the third time but it has been pushed back until October because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Promoter Bob Arum has revealed that he isn’t willing to do the fight behind closed doors.
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