DEONTAY WILDER has scored an early advantage against Tyson Fury as they prepare to do battle tomorrow night.
Wilder, 33, defends his WBC heavyweight world title against Fury, 30, in LA tomorrow, and the two will fight in a 20ft ring – which will suit The Bronze Bomber.
Reuters6 Wilder and Fury came to blows in their final pre-fight press conference
In 2015 Fury outpointed Wladimir Klitschko in a famous victory to claim the WBA, WBO and IBF world titles – that night the Brit utilised every bit of the 24ft ring.
However, Fury will have to fight Wilder in a ring 4ft shorter, giving the elusive Brit less opportunity to use his famous footwork that guided him to dethrone Klitschko three years ago.
The smallest ring available is 16ft, with the largest being 24ft – but Wilder and Fury will meet in the middle.
When Fury beat Klitschko three years ago the Brit scored a psychological advantage when he adjudged the ring they were set to fight in as too soft.
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Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.6 Fury demanded a layer of foam be removed from under the canvas as he believed the ring was too soft
AFP6 Klitschko was outpointed by Fury in Dusseldorf, Germany, three years ago
Fury threatened to not fight, leaving Klitschko’s team with no choice but to agree to remove a layer of foam from beneath the canvas.
However, on this occasion it seems Wilder has got his own way, as Fury will be forced to fight in closer proximity to his American opponent, who has 39 knockout wins in 40 fights.
Despite the mind games and psychological battle the 27-0 Fury told the Daily Star that he is capable out outboxing or outfighting Wilder.
Fury said: “I don’t know what I will do, I have been accused many times of not knowing what I am doing until I am in there and I agree.
Dawn Bowery6 The unbeaten Brit has spent the last portion of his training camp at trainer Freddie Roach's Wildcard Boxing Club
Josh Mcgill6 Wilder has 39 KO's in his 40 fights as he prepares to face Fury
AP:Associated Press6 The two will fight for Wilder's WBC world title – which he has held since 2015 when he beat Bermane Stiverne
“I do not know what I am going to do. You plan one thing and you get in there and it all changes.
“I might have to fight, box, move or go in the trenches.
“But I am capable of having a fight with anyone in the world and I am capable of out-boxing anyone in the world.”