Tyson Fury has a chance of beating Deontay Wilder because he always rises to the big occasion, according to Lennox Lewis.
Fury’s victory over Francesco Pianeta in Belfast on Saturday has set up a WBC Heavweight title bout with Wilder which is expected to take place in Las Vegas at the end of the year.
The fight will only be Fury’s third since returning to the ring in June following a three-year break from boxing and as such he is considered the slight underdog against Wilder.
However, Lewis has pinpointed the ‘Gypsy King’s’ shock win over Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 as reason enough to not back against him.
‘Tyson Fury’s surprised me in the past,’ Lewis told . ‘I didn’t think he was going to do that well against Wladimir and he did better than expected.
‘Certain fighters, they rise to the occasion and he seems like one of those fighters.
‘He may have a couple of fights to kind of warm him up to the aspect of jumping in the ring to a big fight, but he always shows up for the big fights.’
Not everyone is backing Fury to take Wilder’s WBC belt off him, though, with .
‘He is definitely not ready for Deontay Wilder. I don’t think he’d ever beat Wilder. Tyson Fury is a vulnerable heavyweight, there’s no two ways about that,’ Bellew said last week.
Wilder flew in from Alabama for Fury’s fight at Windsor Park and the pair almost came to blows at the weigh-in before the contest was confirmed after Fury’s win.
Fury, who is unbeaten in 27 fights, will be viewing his upcoming bout against Wilder as an opportunity to enhance his chances of taking on Anthony Joshua next year.