WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury feels Deontay Wilder’s long list of excuses for his crushing defeat in their rematch have deeply weakened the American’s credibility ahead of their trilogy clash on October 9.
After their controversial draw in December 2018, an aggressive Fury dominated the return, dropping Wilder twice and forcing a seventh-round stoppage in February 2020. The Bronze Bomber subsequently sacked trainer Mark Breland for throwing in the towel and blamed spiked water, tampered gloves and a heavy ringwalk costume for the loss.
The Mancunian says he will take the fight to Wilder again next weekend, but remains less than impressed with the American’s coping mechanism for defeat.
“I’m going to go all guns blazing, full out attack, all in victory, straight out of the door from round one until it finishes. It’s either going to be me or Wilder,” Fury told reporters in a Zoom conference call on Wednesday evening. “I’ve never had a bad training camp and I’m in the best shape of my life. I’m injury-free, which is the most important thing. I’m really looking forward to it and I can’t wait.
“I don’t really make much of the excuses that were flying around for so long. I think they just made [Wilder] a weaker character and less of a man and less of a fighter, because when you get beat, you get beat. Shake the man’s hand and move on. Lots of fighters have lost. Muhammad Ali lost fights, Mike Tyson lost fights. It’s what they do after they lose that makes them who they are. I don’t really have a lot to say about what Deontay Wilder was saying. It’s none of my concern because when some people lose, they have to make up an excuse for why they lost and that’s what Wilder’s reason is for convincing himself about whatever happened. That’s up to him, so good luck to him in the fight, and we’ll see if he can do anything better.
“I hope he brings a better fight because the last fight was disappointing, to say the least. I trained for an absolute war and it was a one-sided beatdown, so hopefully he can give me a challenge.
“It’s nearly that time of the year again where I take over Las Vegas and it becomes the home of The Gypsy King, and just remember that I plan to smash Deontay Wilder to bits….and I will.”
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