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Q&A: Wilder won't underestimate Harrison
Deontay Wilder says he won't underestimate Audley Harrison, which he believes is a mistake made by David Price and Tyson Fury in their respective fights against Tony Thompson and Steve Cunningham.
Deontay Wilder (left) against Kelvin Price in December 2012 (Photo: Harry How-Golden Boy Promotions/Getty)
This past Saturday, 6-foot-9 Tyson Fury (21-0, 15 knockouts) had to rise from a second-round knockdown to prevent an upset and ultimately score a seventh-round stoppage of former IBF cruiserweight titleholder Steve Cunningham, a 36-year-old who was in only his third heavyweight bout.
On April 27 at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England, American heavyweight prospect Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder (27-0, 27 KOs) will find himself in a similar position when he meets Audley Harrison (31-6, 23 KOs), a 41-year-old 2000 Olympic gold medalist who is trying to resurrect his fading career.
Wilder-Harrison will take place on the undercard of a main event featuring former IBF/WBA junior welterweight beltholder Amir Khan against two-time lightweight beltholder Julio Diaz, of Coachella, Calif., in a 143-pound catchweight clash on Showtime.
Wilder is no stranger to Harrison, having served as the Englishman's sparring partner prior to Harrison's first-round knockout loss to Price in October. Since falling to Price, Harrison has won three consecutive fights, two by knockout.
"With David Price and Tyson Fury, I don't really worry about what both of those fighters have done," said Wilder, a 27-year-old resident of Tuscaloosa, Ala. "I don't even use what happened as far as what is next for me."
Since the Wilder-Harrison fight was announced, different scenarios have surfaced on internet sites regarding exactly what transpired during their sparring sessions and who got the best of whom. Wilder, for his part, has denied being dropped by Harrison.
Wilder shared his thoughts with RingTV.com in this Q&A.
RingTV.com: Did you learn anything from the loss of Price, or the fact that Fury was dropped in the second round after having taunted Cunningham in the first round?
David Price took Thompson for granted. I'm sure that that was because Thompson is an older guy, and Price probably had a lot of people in his ear. Even on the blogs and stuff, it was, "He's old, he's bad, he's out of shape."
But when I'm in the ring, that's not going to happen. But Fury, in that second round, he got dropped. If Cunningham would have gotten back on him, he would have been gone.
If it was me that hit him and I dropped him, that would have been the end of his career. That would have been a loss for Tyson Fury. I would have been on him.
Cunningham is just coming into the heavyweight division, so he wasn't used to it. If that was a Thompson that Fury was fighting and would have gotten hit, he probably would have been gone.
He was fortunate that he wasn't fighting somebody who has been in the heavyweight division, with somebody who is all about power.
Cunningham don't bring that much force and power like a real heavyweight. But if that was a Deontay Wilder, that fight would have been over with.
RingTV.com: Being that there's a time difference from America and England -- five hours from me here in Maryland -- do you expect a problem acclimating yourself over there?
It has been a great camp, and I'm ready to go as far as my conditioning and preparation for this fight. I'm ready to fight today.
Photos: Harry How - Golden Boy Promotions/Getty
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