Deontay Wilder: Tyson Fury isn’t preparing properly to fight me
By Charles Brun: Deontay Wilder is disappointed with the level of opposition Tyson Fury is facing in his preparation for a rematch against him next year on February 22 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Wilder (41-0-1, 40 KOs) is fighting the wrong opposition to help him in the rematch, and he says it’s going to end badly for him.
Top Rank trying to build Tyson Fury’s name with careful match-making
Fury and Wilder fought to a 12 round draw last December. Top Rank signed Fury this year, and they’re trying to build his popularity up in the U.S by matching him against beatable heavyweight in Tom Schwarz and Otto Wallin. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum says these guys were picked out for their size to help Fury deal with the size of the 6’7″ Wilder next February. Some boxing fans believe the real criteria in picking Fury’s opposition is to find big guys with limited talent, and no power.
Fury (28-0-1, 20 KOs) is facing Wallin (20-0, 13 KOs) on September 14 on ESPN+ at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is Fury’s second consecutive fight against a heavyweight with zero name value with the boxing world. The Swedish heavyweight Wallin is just a complete unknown. Anthony Joshua says he fought in the amateur ranks, but he couldn’t fight him as a pro. He doesn’t say why, but it’s clear that he feels he’s too much of a lower level guy.
Wilder says Fury doesn’t want to fight him again
“Anything is possible in boxing. I feel that Tyson Fury doesn’t want to fight me again anyway,” said Wilder to 78SPORTSTV. “I gave him a concussion. His family feared for his life. In our next fight, there will be consequences that he suffers from. If he’s suffering from the last concussion I gave him, the second fight will be the finishing of him. I want him to understand this. I think if this opportunity comes about, Fury will pass up this opportunity. He will want me to fight for the unification, and then come back and fight him. Just like he wanted me to fight [Anthony] Joshua. ‘How about you two guys fight each other, and come back and fight me.’ He said that before, remember?
With him saying that, I don’t think he would have any problems with me going ahead and unifying. ‘I’ll step aside.’ He ain’t really no king. He don’t have a title. I revived his career for him. If it happens, Fury, step aside. You don’t owe me s–t. I didn’t come back and motivate you to come back. I didn’t give you a 50-50 split when I didn’t have to. What I did was bless you. I wanted to revive you, and I wanted you to get your career back. I wanted you to support those babies you have, bro. That’s just me as a king. That’s what I do for the sport, bro,” said Wilder.
Wilder thinks that Fury is still feeling the lasting after effects from the concussion he gave him last December, and he’s vowing to finish the job in their next fight. It’s pretty obvious from watching the replay of the Wilder-Fury fight that Wilder won. The referee let the fight continue for some reason.
Fury not preparing properly to fight me says Wilder
“He ain’t preparing properly to fight me,” said Wilder about Fury’s fight against Otto Wallin on September 14. “He’s not trying to take challenges. Of course, he’s using my name. I’m connected to him. He has no one else. What else is he going to say? Fury is not what he thinks he is. He knows it. He has to act out of character, and he has to be this clown. He’s a 6’9″ clown. People are not laughing with him. They are laughing at him, and I don’t see how he can’t see these things.
The people around him should let him know. It’s beginning to look ridiculous at this point in time, especially when he came to America in a Apollo uniform. He came out dancing. He looked like a fool, and acted like a fool. I don’t know how the 5,000 people in the audience got entertained. It was definitely a circus. It was a clown act. I see them advertising him fighting me,” said Wilder.
Top Rank probably isn’t thinking about preparing Fury properly for the rematch with Wilder. That doesn’t appear to be what Top Rank is doing in matching Fury with poor heavyweights like Tom Schwarz and Otto Wallin. This is more about Top Rank putting Fury in showcase fights to make him look good in the eyes of unknowing boxing fans. Fury is trying to build his popularity the easy way by bowling over lesser guys, and using his personality to win over fans.
— Deontay Wilder (@BronzeBomber) August 31, 2019
Wilder says the referee let Fury get back up after he knocked him out last December
“The only highlight in the whole fight is me knocking him down, and him getting up,” said Wilder. “Let me rephrase this. Me knocking him out, and the referee opportunity to get himself back up. That’s the only thing that they have. I would never let them advertise me, as one of the kings, getting up off my back. That’s supposed to give you credit, and show that you’re one of the elites, because you got put on your back and got up. You went to sleep. You got a concussion. That’s nothing to be praised about.
I would never let them advertise me like that. I am a knockout artist. You got knocked out, and got up after being hit by Deontay Wilder. That’s some kind of credibility? What price are you paying health-wise? It’s just like Dominic Breazeale. We haven’t heard from him still to this day.
Wilder brings up an excellent point in talking about how ESPN showed Fury being knocked down repeatedly by him in their first fight in round 12. They obviously wanted to build drama by showing what Fury endured in that fight, and came back to earn a draw.