Tyson Fury is two rounds ahead of Deontay Wilder already due to his press conference performance, according to a legendary boxing trainer.
Buddy McGirt was a two-weight world champion during his fight career and transitioned to become a top trainer, overseeing the success of Antonio Tarver among other world champions.
And speaking to Fight Hype ahead of Fury's trilogy bout with Deontay Wilder, McGirt said that he believes the Brit is already in the ascendancy heading into the July 24 bout.
“He’s won the first two rounds already just by being like that," McGirt said after Fury's calm handling of the pair's press conference last week, which saw Wilder refuse to answer media questions.
"It matters a whole lot – all the great fighters you see, they’re the ones that are the most calm, the most relaxed.
"You see everything, you do everything, but when you tense and you’re trying to kill the guy, they just pick you apart."
And the legendary boxing coach believes that the mental battle is going to result in a Fury victory, adding that Wilder is 'burning energy' with his approach to the bout.
The American was a feared, undefeated heavyweight champion before facing Fury for the first time, and despite earning a draw with the Gypsy King, many experts felt that he lost the bout.
Many believed he looked ordinary in his winning rematch with Luis Ortiz before eventually losing to Fury in February 2020 in a brutal display, that looked like a mismatch at times.
"He [Wilder] is so caught up in getting revenge that he’s burning a lot of necessary energy mentally," McGirt continued.
“I think what he should do is when he goes into the fight, don’t go into it with ‘I’m going to kill him’ attitude, go into it ‘I’m going to beat him,’ but you’ve got to be smart about it.
"You can’t go in there, ‘I’m going to crush him, I’m going to do this, I’m going to do that,' Tyson Fury is always relaxed, he’s always calm in a fight, and the calmest fighter is always the better fighter."
Wilder has explained his new approach, telling ESNews that he feels the talking is done having faced Fury twice already.
"I just mean business," Wilder told the YouTube channel. "I didn't come here to play around or lollygag, I'm strictly business when it comes to this fight and I'm solely stuck on that.
"I'm going to let their champion, meaning the people that support him who aren't even his fans they're just Deontay Wilder haters, be the circus and promote it.
"I want to see if he can hold up his end of the bargain, and I don't think he can – he looks for me to entertain and then he wants to be my co-captain.
"He's my partner in crime, I'm Batman, he's Robin, that type of thing, but now I want to let him do his thing because it's the same old same old."
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