A wounded fighter can be a more dangerous one.
By the time lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder step into the ring for a third time a lot will have changed.
The world for one is a far different place to what it was when they fought the second time.
In many ways, the momentum boxing had in February 2020 was quite superb.
Their part two represented one of the best places the sport had been in some time.
Then, disaster struck the world.
Like all industries, boxing was forced to adapt and fight on as best it could following what would then transpire across all nations.
Stemming many believe to its initial origins in late 2019.
As for the rematch between the two, it was to be contest that Fury won inside the distance but one that left Wilder feeling aggrieved and now more motivated to put right than ever.
Wilder is considered by many to be one of the, if not the, hardest punching heavyweight champions that ever lived.
Add to that a new trainer, technical improvements designed to work on his best attributes and one heck of a fire lit under him, he just can’t be written off.
Fury knows this of course having been dropped by Wilder in the first fight. He knows no matter what, he’ll have to be at his best once again.
A man that punches that hard in heavyweight boxing can end someone’s night at anytime.
In the blink of an eye.