Deontay Wilder will try to win back the WBC heavyweight title against Tyson Fury next month, but Evander Holyfield doesn’t think Wilder should make many changes to his gameplan
Wilder will fight the WBC heavyweight champion Fury for the third time on October 9 in Las Vegas.
‘The Bronze Bomber’ will seek to avenge the first loss of his career, in which Fury knocked him out in their rematch last February.
Boxing legend Holyfield makes his return to the ring this weekend at the age of 58, taking on former UFC star Vitor Belfort in an eight-round heavyweight contest.
And the four time heavyweight champion Holyfield had some words of advice for Wilder before his trilogy with Fury next month.
He told ‘ Fight Hype ‘: “In all these things you work on in being the very best. Is he getting it to the point where he can remember to do them as a natural thing?
“The worst thing you can do for a fighter is let somebody knew come in there giving him something new to do. They take it all of a sudden you start thinking too much.
“Boxing is a reaction sport. If you and me were boxing, you might not be comfortable, but I’m comfortable about how far I can get to for me to make you do something that I can counter a shot.”
Wilder partnered with trainer Malik Scott after his loss to Fury last year. Scott is a retired boxer who fought Wilder in 2014, losing by first round knockout.
Fury has also boasted about bursting Scott’s eardum when the two sparred many years ago.
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Wilder caught the attention of boxing fans after releasing a training video of him training in water ahead of his clash with Fury.
One fan wrote: “He’s spent most of his professional career being a duck so this should suit him.”
Another added: “Training in 4ft of water that’ll make all the difference alright when Fury is pounding the face off him.”
And Holyfield thinks any changes he makes for his upcoming fight should be implemented slowly, rather than completely changing his style.
He continued: “The thing is with Deontay he started boxing at a late age. A lot of times when somebody starts boxing at a late age, they get one good style and that’s it.
“A lot of them don’t know how to make a lot of adjustments, so I don’t know if this is him [Wilder] or not. He’s one of my favorite fighters. Stick to what you’re really good at and implement it slowly, and maybe he can and maybe not.
“There aren’t too many things you want to change from. You add some but you add things that you needed.