TYSON FURY has been backed to knock out Deontay Wilder in five rounds by his training partner, who warned: ‘He’s going to beat his f***ing ass bad.’
Fury, who drew with Wilder in 2018 but emphatically won the rematch two years later, will renew his rivalry with the American for a trilogy bout on July 24.
The Gypsy King has been training in America since April for his return, which he initially thought would be against Anthony Joshua.
But after Wilder was awarded the right to another fight with Fury in arbitration, the unbeaten Brit was forced to switch focus.
He also missed out on the chance to become the first-ever four-belt undisputed heavyweight champion in a super-fight with AJ, 31.
It leaves Fury, 32, knowing Wilder, 35, must pay for the missed opportunities and he has been doing everything in the gym to make sure of it.
Light-heavyweight Ahmed Elbiali has witnessed the brutal warpath in training and predicted another savage, but early, beating for Wilder.
Elbiali, 30, told SunSport: “He’s going to beat his f***ing ass bad, he’s going to light his ass up.
“I’d say rounds one, three or five.”
Fury, 32, was twice knocked down by Wilder, 35, in their initial Los Angeles fight and miraculously made it to his feet after a devastating combination in the final round.
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Having narrowly beat the count, the Gypsy King rose to his feet and put the Bronze Bomber on the back foot, closing the contest on top.
It proved a lightbulb moment for Fury, who realised Wilder was easily beatable going backwards, forced to face aggression.
In their rematch, he did the unthinkable and took the fight to one of boxing’s most feared punchers of all time.
Fury bemused Wilder with his force on the offensive, scoring two knockdowns of his own before the one-sided action was halted in the seventh round.
Despite all of Fury’s technical prowess, Elbiali argues it is his boxing brain which separates him from the rest, having brilliantly switched tactics.
He said: “One of Tyson’s biggest assets is his intelligence, he knew he had to change up his styles to beat this guy and ultimately he did.
“Tyson in the second fight didn’t know how much better he was, so it took him a little longer as he was a little more cautious.
“Then he realised and was like, ‘Ah, even though this guy hits hard, I don’t need to be cautious’.
“And I think that’s why in this fight he’s going to steamroll the f*** out of him.”
Fury was sure to rub the victory over Wilder in, boasting afterwards: “I’ve got his a***, his soul, his mojo and his balls all in my pocket. I own them.”
Despite the goad, he has always conceded that Wilder’s power cannot be denied, with 41 KOs in 42 wins, making him a danger at any moment.
But Elbiali believes the hard-hitting Bronze Bomber of the past is no more, with his greatest weapon taken away from him by Fury.
He explained: “Tyson says Wilder is a one-trick pony and a one-punch knockout artist, but I don’t even know if that’s true anymore.
“To hit hard you have to land correctly on your guy, and I don’t think Wilder is that guy anymore that can just slap you and clean you the f*** out.
“Tyson is just so much smarter than the guy inside and outside of the ring.”