Ricky Hatton: Tyson Fury has mentally broken Deontay Wilder, he'll make him quit

In his latest column with Metro.co.uk, the British boxing legend previews and predicts Fury vs Wilder 3 ahead of a huge November for Fightzone.

Fury has to be careful

No matter what people say, this is still a real banana skin fight for Tyson Fury, one that isn’t without its dangers for ‘The Gypsy King’. Obviously we all thought Tyson won the first fight when he ended up getting that draw and he won the second in stunning fashion.

Most people are expecting him to do the same on Saturday and I am one of them, to be honest with you. But we can’t forget about what Wilder did to Tyson in the first fight when he knocked him down – we all know what Wilder is capable of punching wise.

Even though Tyson did destroy him the second fight, we know what one shot can do in the heavyweight division and that one shot almost changed the story back in 2018.

Mental damage already done

I think the only way Wilder gets into this fight is if gets off to a quick start and grows in confidence from there. But if Tyson gets going right from the first bell like he did last year, I think Deontay Wilder will chuck the towel in again.

If that starts happening, his mind will automatically cast back to the second fight and he will be thinking: ‘Oh God, here we go again.’ I do think Tyson will win in similar fashion, maybe a little bit sooner.

We know he has the tools to do it, the speed to do it and he has such left a dent in Wilder since that last fight, physically and mentally. If Wilder doesn’t get off to a good start quickly and Tyson does do that, I think Wilder will wilt in there and the towel will come in sooner than last time even.

Tyson can kick on and do it faster than last time. But the danger is there for all to see, we all know what Wilder is going to do but if Tyson sets the pace again, I think he will struggle.

People have been questioning whether this could be the end for Deontay Wilder if he loses this one again. But I don’t think that will be the case. While he might have to wait for another title shot, as long as the hunger is still there, there are still massive fights out there for him. The Dillian Whyte fight could be huge while there is still some unfinished business with Anthony Joshua. Even without the belts, there are big fights to be made for him.

Big November for Fightzone

It’s been quite a ride for Fightzone since we got started in May. We started off with a cracking English lightweight title between Myron Mills and Lucas Ballingall back and the action has been nonstop since.

Working with Dennis Hobson, they have shone the light on the young talent in British boxing and we’ve been treated to some great moments and real high-quality domestic action.

There have been big nights for the likes of Jack Massey and Tommy Frank among it all – Jack proved he is a force in that exciting cruiserweight picture after picking up the IBF European belt and what a night it was a few weeks ago for Tommy, coming back after a tough 10 months to win the British flyweight title.

There’s been a bit of star power thrown in too with Dave Allen making his comeback on Fightzone – Dave gave a great account of himself and hopefully he’ll get a chance to challenge for a belt soon.

The women’s game has also been given some great exposure with Katie Healey and Lucy Wildheart making their debuts.

I’ve been impressed with the production and the efforts to get these fights on from day one and there are huge nights ahead. Hannah Rankin will fight for the WBA and IBO super-welterweight titles on the 5 November and there will be another world title fight announced next week.

It’s going to be a massive month for Fightzone.

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