Deontay Wilder: Tyson Fury is the UK’s best heavyweight
By Scott Gilfoid: American heavyweight Deontay Wilder (27-0, 27 KO’s) sees unbeaten Tyson Fury (21-0, 15 KO’s) as the best heavyweight in the UK right now, above David Price and David Haye. Deontay says he wants to face Tyson Fury and the winner of the Price vs. Tony Thompson II rematch if possible.
Wilder told I Film London “David Haye has been out of the scene and David Price lost. It only leaves Tyson Fury now…he’s been handling business, he keeps winning, and so now the best English heavyweight is Tyson Fury. That’s definitely a future option. We’d definitely sell out a lot of arenas.”
I totally disagree with Deontay. I would have agreed with him before last Saturday night when Fury was badly exposed by the 210 pound Steve Cunningham, but after watching Fury get dropped in the 2nd round and made to look like a lumbering fighter without coordination, I’ve changed my mind.
I now see David Haye #1, David Price #2 and Tyson Fury a distant #3. I see both Price and Haye knocking Fury out in one round if they come out fast the way that Cunningham did. If they let Fury hang around for too long, then I think Fury might be able mug them and nail them with a hard body shot that could change the outcome of the fight.
Right now, I think Fury’s cousin Hughie Fury is a more talented fighter than him because he can pretty much do everything that Tyson Fury can do but with better foot speed, jab and power.
Obviously, they’re not going to put Hughie in with anyone with a pulse for at least the next four to five years because he’s only 18, but I still think he’s got better potential than Tyson Fury as long as he doesn’t slow down as he ages and become as lumbering as Tyson Fury.
Deontay is wasting his time trying to get a fight against Fury or the winner of the Thompson-Price fight because none of those guys are going to fight him. Deontay is one of those guys that will only get guys to fight him once he has the title belts in his possession. Until then, he’ll have to be satisfied with guys like Audley Harrison as opponents. I do agree that Fury vs. Wilder would be a big fight in the UK, but Fury won’t take that fight and he’s already got Kubrat Pulev and Haye standing in line to fight him first.