TYSON FURY may cause a shock against Deontay Wilder next month, says former world welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi.
30-year-old Fury stunned Wladimir Klitschko, who reached the WBA, IBF and WBO world titles in November 2015.
However, the road has since become a rocky road for Fury, open to mental health problems that have plagued his career.
Fury has only fought twice since returning to the ring and is taking a big step into the class as he competes with American star Wilder for the WBC heavyweight belt in Los Angeles on December 1st.
And Malignaggi, who has won 36 of his 44 professional bouts in his career, admits that he has written off Fury in the past – and will not do so again.
He said Sunsport: "Before Fury defeated Klitschko, was there a performance in his career that made you believe he was going to produce the unthinkable? Absolutely not.
"I did not see it coming – and I am sure that not many other people were in the boxing either.
"This is not the kind of fight where you say 'ah Fury came back too soon'.
"I will not make the same mistake again that Fury can be beaten easily – I have learned my lesson.
"Every day this guy can put together a masterpiece and beat everyone – that's a fact."
However, Malignaggi, who according to Eddie Hearn could return to arch-rival Conor McGregor, believes that the "unpredictable" nature of Fury might work against him.
He added, "People assume that he has a better chance because he loses weight and looks good, but I do not agree.
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"For him a fair game, he has done a really good job of getting back into shape.
"But at the same time, he was not in perfect shape for the Klitschko flight, was he?"
"For me, Fury is too volatile, unlikely and unpredictable – you just can not name the outcome of this fight.
"I do not think Fury looked particularly good in his last two fights.
"There is no doubt that Wilder is in a prime position right now. He has a great jab and a big right hand – Tyson has to be very careful.
"But if he has his tactics in mind, as he did against Klitschko, who could bet he'll get another surprise?"
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