Amir Khan has backed Tyson Fury to repeat his stunning victory over Deontay Wilder when the two men meet again for their trilogy fight later this year.
Fury produced a dominant performance at the MGM Grand, flooring Wilder in the third and fifth rounds before the American’s corner decided to throw in the towel in the seventh.
The Bronze Bomber has since triggered a rematch clause which was agreed before Saturday night’s showpiece and the pair are expected to do battle this summer at a new 72,000 NFL stadium currently under construction on the Las Vegas strip.
Former unified light-welterweight world champion Khan has hailed Fury’s ‘amazing’ display which saw his fellow countryman claim the WBC heavyweight title.
He told Sky Sports: ‘It was an amazing performance. Fury did what he had to do. He went in there, kept it long but at times was pushing forward.
‘One thing I’ve not seen Fury do for a very long time is put pressure on opponents, especially a puncher like Wilder who hits very hard and can hurt any opponent he hits clean.
‘Fury didn’t respect that, he was just walking right through him and put Wilder on his back foot.
‘Looking at the first fight they had, Fury was the one who went down twice and was hurt was quite badly but it was still a very close fight.
‘This rematch that happened at the weekend, what a fight that was. Fury just did what he had to do.
‘He was very smart, put Wilder down and hurt him and took that game plan away from him.
‘He took him apart and you could see Wilder looking to the corner for help, he disheartened him in the fight and he didn’t want to be in there. He was getting out-boxed.’
Khan admits Fury proved him wrong with his incredible punching power at the weekend and has tipped the Gypsy King to win his third fight against Wilder.
Asked for his prediction, Khan told Sky Sports: ‘You’ve put me on the spot there! If I was to pick someone, I do lean a little bit more towards Fury.
‘I think Fury is the full complete fighter. He is a good boxer, he can fight.
‘As we saw in the last fight, he’s the one who put Wilder down with the power. I never used to think he had that much power as a heavyweight but I think he proved it in the last fight.
‘Coming forward on the front foot he boxes really well so I do favour him a little bit more.’
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