Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury exchange words
(Photo credit: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME) By Scott Gilfoid: Britain’s Tyson Fury crashed the talented WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder’s fight against Artur Szpilka (20-2, 15 KOs) on Saturday night, showing up inside the ring moments after Deontay had smashed Spilka into the canvas after knocking him unconscious with a peach of a right hand in round 9 at the beautiful Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The 6’9” Fury started immediately mouthing off until Deontay put him in his proper place and dismissed him from the ring by telling him that he’ll give him a nice baptism. Fury was lucky Deontay didn’t lose his temper and give him the Szpilka treatment. If Deontay had hauled off and belted the 6’9″ Fury in his gob, they might have needed an extra-sized stretcher to take Fury out of the ring. I’m just saying.
Fury seems to be anxious to get the Wilder fight for some reason. I don’t know why. It’s not as if he’s likely going to win his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko. I see Fury losing that fight and winding up with his career in tatters and having to go on one of those long rebuild jobs that take years and years to accomplish. Heck, Amir Khan still hasn’t rebuilt his career after his loss in 2012. I can only imagine how long it’ll take Fury to rebuild once Wladimir does him in the rematch.
“Any time, any place, anywhere. I’ll fight you in your backyard after I beat (Wladimir) Klitschko again,” Fury said. “Listen, there’s only one Tyson Fury. What are you going to say about that, Deontay? Anytime you’re ready, bum-squad. I’ll beat you. You’re a bum. You’re a bum,” Fury said.
At that point, Fury slinked away and started walking back and forth around the ring, waving his hands around the ring as the crowd booed him loudly. This was kind of surprising that the crowd booed Fury, because it had been a pro-Szpilka crowd all night long.
You would think that the crowd would have been cheering Fury because he was trying to give Deontay the business, but surprisingly they didn’t. This tells me that Deontay was right about him winning over the Polish fans of Szpilka. He predicted that after he knocked Szpilka out tonight, his fans would come over to his tent and become fans of his. That’s what it looks like happened. Szpilka’s fans became devoted to Deontay when he was under attack by Fury. How touching.
— Deontay Wilder (@BronzeBomber) January 17, 2016
“We all know Fury is just a phony,” Wilder said. “This is just an act. I’m not scared of anybody. We’ll come to your backyard. This is just an act – you’re not a real fighter. I don’t play. This isn’t wrestling. When you do step in that ring with me I promise you I will baptize you. I would love to fight him next, unfortunately, I have other mandatories due. Make the date Tyson, I promise you.”
Fury is really asking for it by confronting Deontay in his moment of glory after he blasted Szpilka out with a single shot to the head. It looked to me like Fury was trying to steal Wilder’s moment in the sun. Instead of Deontay being able to drink in the glory of his accomplishment in knocking Szpilka clean out in front of over 12,000 fans at the Barclays Center, Deontay had to deal with Fury. It was so bad. With the way that Fury was mouthing off and carrying on in the ring, he looked like he needed a Straitjacket and muzzle to keep him still and quiet. To Deontay’s credit, he kept his composure while dealing with Fury, and didn’t choose to rough him up and throw him out of the ring by the seat of his pants like I thought he would. Deontay calmly dealt with the annoyance by taking the high road and showing pure class and style.
It would be great if Deontay were to fight Fury next, because it would be nice for him to be the one that takes his titles before someone else does, but that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. Fury will be facing Wladimir next while Deontay battles Alexander Povetkin in his next fight in four to five months from now in May or June.
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