TYSON FURY will be more affected by the delay of his trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder than his American foe, according to Carl Froch.
The WBC heavyweight champion was forced to postpone his Las Vegas showdown with The Bronze Bomber after catching Covid-19.
A new date for the bout – which was due to take place a week on Sunday- has not been officially announced, although it is understood the pair's third meeting will likely take place in October.
Fury and Wilder haven't set foot inside the ring since their rematch last February, but former super-middleweight king Froch believes The Gypsy King will be more affected by the postponement.
The Cobra told Sky Sports: "I was really disappointed with the postponement because it's a fight that I was looking forward to.
"Even though it seemed like it would be a one-sided fight for Fury, you can never ever just write any man off when he's a huge puncher like Wilder.
"This delay is definitely going to hurt Fury more.
"They have both been out of the ring for the same amount of time, but Wilder is still going to be hungry, he's got a point to prove.
"He's been absolutely ridiculed and written off by loads of people. He's been abused really on social media for a long time.
"I think Wilder is going to be like a man on fire, training for this fight, whereas Fury fought him the first time when he wasn't in shape and still got a draw.
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"Then in the rematch he absolutely battered him.
"It was a one-sided whooping, so Fury could be thinking, 'Do I really need this?'
"He'll know he can get knocked out by Wilder, so that will make him train hard, but I think this delay is more of a concern for Fury than it is for Wilder."
Froch, 44, is still picking Fury to win his third encounter with the Olympic bronze medallist.
He added: "Based on that second performance that Fury put on against Wilder, the way in which he got his range and his distance,
"I just think he's got Wilder's number and should win again when the fight eventually happens.
"Fury used his height and reach and his weight advantage, and he's a natural fighter.
"The only chance that Wilder has got is to clip him, if Fury is not focused.
"But I don't think Fury will be switched off, so I would still pick Fury, possibly on points or even another stoppage."
Fury registered a seventh-round TKO victory over Wilder in their last meeting but plans to better the impressive Sin City stoppage.
He said: "Deontay Wilder is a one-trick pony. He's got one-punch power, we all know that – great.
"But what I'm going to do to Deontay Wilder this time is I'm going to run him over as if I’m an 18-wheeler and he's a human being.
"I guarantee he does not go past where he did before [the seventh round]."
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