The WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, felt disappointed with Deontay Wilder’s performance in their most recent clash. According to the British boxer, he expected more fro, at the time, reigning champion of the WBC version.
In his latest address to the public, Fury revealed that he expected more from Wilder, and that the fight from February 22 was one of the easiest he ever had.
“I prepared for the best fighter on the planet, I prepared for the most vicious puncher on the Earth that there’s ever been and I was quite disappointed because it wasn’t the challenge that I expected,” said Fury.
😯 “I was surprised [he took the fight].”
🤷♂️ “For Wilder, at the age of 34, how many big fights are out there for him?”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) April 6, 2020
To remind you, that contest ended with the Brit dethroning the American boxer, following a seventh-round stoppage. Throughout the entire event, Wilder was inferior, without the slightest chance of preserving his belt.
The Gypsy King, as the fans call Fury, outclassed his opponent in every aspect of the fight, tearing his eardrum with a massive right hook that sent Wilder to the canvas for the first time in the battle. Afterward, the Bronze Bomber had to go down once more, and we can say without any hesitation, that he suffered a convincing defeat. The judge in the ring stopped the fight after seeing Wilder helpless, preventing Fury to demolish his opponent completely.
After the fight, the American mentioned several excuses, among them the symptoms of flu, sore legs from the costume he wore before the clash, etc. According to Fury, that might have been the case, because Wilder performed way below the expected level.
“Maybe all the excuses he made, some of them were true. ..I’m not sure, because that wasn’t the Deontay Wilder that I prepared for. That wasn’t the animal I put myself through all those hours in training for,” the new champion admitted.
🧠 “Motivation is all in the mind.”
🙏 “Routine gives me motivation, I give myself short term goals.”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) April 6, 2020
The third match between these two guys was supposed to be this summer, to be precise on July 18. Yet, Coronavirus pandemic postponed this plan, and that would have to wait now. In the meantime, Anthony Johsua, the holder of the other three belts, will meet Kubrat Pulev, the Bulgarian heavyweight with a record of 28 wins and one loss. Pulev is the mandatory challenger, according to the IBF version rankings.
The bout is planned to take place at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium on June 20, but that is not certain, because of the already mentioned COVID-19. Even though Fury called out AJ on a couple of occasions, the younger Brit never took the challenge of facing him. It is probably why he arranged the second fight with Wilder, and will do the third one.
At the moment, Gypsy King is home with his family. He had a few videos posted on his social network accounts in which he demonstrates how to kill time and exercise in isolation circumstances.
Although these are terrible times for humanity, Fury has the opinion that there are some positive aspects of it. For example, he believes that most of the people will wake up after this catastrophe and start to appreciate what they already have instead of looking for more.
“People are really realizing now what’s important in life. Sometimes we get lost in the ride of life, thinking about our ambitions and everything – and we forget about the really important things – families, friends, loved ones, health.”
Every activity in the boxing world is on hold for now and will be at least until the summer. It means that chances of seeing Fury and Wilder in the ring before August or September are minimal.
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