Deontay Wilder: ‘Fury should step aside while I fight Joshua or Ruiz’
By Charles Brun: Deontay Wilder suggests that Tyson Fury get out of the way while he fights the winner of the December 7th Anthony Joshua vs. Andy Ruiz Jr. rematch. WBC heavyweight champion Wilder (41-0-1, 40 KOs) is supposed to fight Fury (28-0-1, 20 KOs) in a rematch on February 22 in Las Vegas, Nevada. However, there’s a lot more for Wilder to gain in facing the Joshua-Ruiz 2 winner than there is in facing Fury again.
Tyson Fury not being helped by soft match-making from Top Rank
The U.S boxing fans aren’t all that excited at seeing Wilder and Fury fight again. Despite Top Rank and ESPN showing Fury’s last fight no name heavyweight Tom Schwarz, the U.S fans aren’t excited at seeing him and Wilder fight again. Top Rank’s decision to match Fury against another no name in Otto Wallin hasn’t helped. It’s given a lot of fans the impression that Fury is being carefully matched to keep him winning. Fury is being matched against the worst possible opposition. Instead of Top Rank matching Fury against guys that could potentially beat him, he’s being put in with lesser guys with inflated rankings. In terms of talent, Wallin and Schwarz looked like 2nd tier fighters, and not world class.
Wilder asks Fury to step aside so he can fight Joshua-Ruiz winner
Speaking to 78SPORTSTV, Wilder says he Fury to get out of the way so that he can take on the Joshua-Ruiz winner. Wilder still wants to fight Fury, but after he deals with Ruiz or Joshua. Top Rank can keep Fury busy fighting Wallin and Schwarz level heavyweights, while Wilder goes after the Joshua vs. Ruiz winner.
More money for Wilder facing Joshua-Ruiz winner
There’s a lot more for Wilder to gain in fighting the winner of the Joshua vs. Ruiz Jr. fight than for him to face a spoiler like Fury again. The money that Wilder can make fighting the Joshua-Ruiz rematch winner will likely far surpass what he can make fighting Fury again. Right now, Joshua and Ruiz are both extremely popular worldwide, and unfortunately Fury isn’t. Although Fury is a better talker than AJ and Ruiz, his fighting style is lackluster and not exciting to watch.
— Deontay Wilder (@BronzeBomber) August 29, 2019
Ruiz and Joshua are more popular in the United States than Fury. Both of them have a lot of fans, and they want to see Wilder fighting them. Fury’s fighting style is hard on the eyes, as he’s a classic spoiler. In other words, Fury moves a lot, slaps, holds, and tries to make his opponents miss with their shots. If Fury had more offensive skills, and punching power, he’d be a great option for Wilder.
Fury would have a lot more boxing fans in the U.S if he had a classic George Foreman or Mike Tyson type of fighting style. Fury fights more like a bigger version of Chris Byrd. For the fans that know of Byrd, he’s a spoiler that like to make guys miss with his upper body movement, and he would land soft shots on them. For a guy with a purely negative fighting style, Byrd got a lot of mileage out of his pro career. He captured the IBF and WBA heavyweight titles, and he beat Vitali Klitschko, David Tua, Evander Holyfield and DaVarryl Williamson.