The stars are out to see Jake Paul face Tommy Fury – and that includes heavyweight rivals, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder.
Wilder held the WBC for half a decade before losing it at the hands of Fury. Their first meeting was a contentious draw after a long layoff for the Brit, but he left nothing to the judges in the second or third bout.
‘The Gypsy King’ knocked out the notoriously hard hitter from Alabama in the seventh and eleventh, respectively.
There was bad blood following both fights, with Wilder reeling off various ways in which Fury cheated him – these included weights in his gloves and a ‘gypsy curse.’ He also blamed the first defeat on the weight of his ring walk costume.
All of that combined led to Fury’s team slamming the American for being bitter in defeat, and it was thought that any meeting between the two would be filled with menace and harsh words.
That was proved wrong in the Middle East when they came face-to-face for what’s thought to be the first time since their last thrilling scrap in 2021.
Fury yelled Wilder’s catchphrase at him – ‘BOMB SQUAD’ – and the pair shared a friendly handshake. When he was on his way, Wilder was asked ’round four?’ by someone in the vicinity, to which he replied ‘most definitely’ with a smile.
On the one hand, fans hoping for a skirmish will be disappointed. On the other, it’s good to see two of today’s top heavyweights keep it civil, and even personable, outside the ring after a trilogy of fights considered to be modern-day greats.
Fury is currently negotiating his way to an undisputed bout with Oleksandr Usyk, but a fourth fight with his American dance partner never seems far away.