TYSON FURY has been told his “damaging” trilogy with Deontay Wilder has “changed” him.
The heavyweights shared the ring for the first time in 2018, with Fury being eliminated twice but still unfortunately escaping with a draw.
Two years later they faced off again, with Wilder this time trying the canvas before being stopped in round seven.
The rivals probably saved the best for last with their October 2021 trilogy, which Fury won after being dropped twice and scoring three knockdowns himself.
But after Wilder’s coach Malik Scott was overwhelmed by former UFC champion Francis Ngannou to win a controversial point, he insisted the trilogy had taken its toll.
Scott told FightHype: “Even Fury thinks the fights with Deontay Wilder changed him.
“You don’t have three fights with Wilder and it doesn’t change you. Every fight he had with Deontay wasn’t one or two round fights.”
“He went 24 rounds with the hardest puncher in the history of the sport.
“People highlight the times he got knocked down, but what about the hits he took in the fight, took good shots and came back?
“These shots are also harmful.”
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Fury, 35, now faces the biggest fight of his career for the undisputed crown against Oleksandr Usyk, 36.
The historic first four-belt unification was scheduled for December 23, but after he had the fight of his life against the 37-year-old Ngannou, it was postponed until February.
And Scott believes the Gypsy King is on the decline as he said: “He’s 35 years young but I think Fury has put a lot of strain on his body.
“Not just the Deontay fights, early in his career he took damage in the first fight [Derek] Chisora fought, he was knocked down [Steve] Cunningham.
“He always had top-notch sparring in the gym. He’s 35, but Father Time is undefeated.”