Deontay Wilder has claimed he’ll beat Tyson Fury if they fight for a fourth time because the Brit wouldn’t have ‘added preservatives.’
The pair are two halves of a modern-day thrilling heavyweight trilogy. After a long hiatus from the sport and a couple of tune-up fights, Fury travelled to America to challenge for the WBC belt Wilder had held for almost four years.
That first contest ended in a draw, with Fury outboxing the American for large portions but falling victim to two knockdowns. Wary of the scoring not going his way for a second time, he switched trainers from Ben Davison to SugarHill Steward to creat a knockout gameplan.
It worked, and he battered Wilder from pillar to post in their second bout, ending it in the seventh round. He would do the same in the eleventh of their third contest, after Wilder had a little more success.
After a break from boxing and a first round knockout over Robert Helenius, Wilder is the number one ranked contender for the WBC belt. Talk of an ambitious – some say unachievable – heavyweight tournament in Saudi Arabia could set up another fight between the rivals.
As per ES News, Wilder believes that it would be fourth time lucky for his right hand to detonate and end Fury’s night early.
“Knockout. Easy. Straight on the ground. He won’t have all [those] added preservatives.”
It’s the latest in a long line of accusations made by Wilder that Fury entered the ring at an advantage. These have ranged from spiked water to foreign objects inside his gloves, and are widely considered to be baseless.
‘The Bronze Bomber’ has previously suggested that both Fury and Oleksandr Usyk are cheaters – again, these claims have not been backed up or expanded on.
Animosity aside, Wilder has called for a fight with Anthony Joshua and could find himself in the ring with one of the above should he win. Whether or not that’s in the Middle East as part of a round-robin is another matter.