By Scott Gilfoid: Deontay Wilder views Tyson Fury as a “con man’ who puts on boring fights, and hasn’t done anything with his career aside from beating an old Wladimir Klitschko.
Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KOs) will be defending his WBC heavyweight title against Fury (29-0-1, 20 KOs) next month in a pivotal fight on February 22 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Wilder vs. Fury 2 needs to be competitive from start to finish
The fight is important because it needs to be competitive to increase the chances of a trilogy match taking place later this year. If it’s a boring fight or a total destruction with Wilder destroying Fury, then a third fight might not happen between them.
It would be bad for Fury’s career to fight Wilder a third time if he gets smashed to bits on February 22, because his career could be heading into oblivion. As things are, Fury looked horrible in his last fight against Otto Wallin, and there’s a lot of question marks about his ability to take a hard shot.
Wallin can’t punch, and yet he had Fury stumbling around after nailing him with a left hand in the 12th.
That 12th round knockout Wilder scored against Fury in 2018 may have done more damage than people know. If Fury can’t take a hard shot without going weak-legged, he won’t last long as Wilder. That’s why it might have been a mistake for Fury to swap the defensive-minded Ben Davison out in favor of the more offensive-oriented trainers Andy Lee and Sugarhill Steward.
Wilder: Fury is boring and a con artist
“I consider Fury a con man, he’s a con artist. What has he really done? He’s boring every time,” said Wilder per Michael Benson. “He fights lower opposition. He beat [Wladimir] Klitschko, but was never able to defend the belts. And he was playing with his nose. Nobody talks about it, he’s a con artist,” said Wilder.
So there it is. Wilder sees Fury as boring and a simple con artist. The 6’7″ Deontay pretty much summed up his feelings towards his opponent, didn’t he? Gilfoid doesn’t see Fury as a con artist. He seems him as a guy like likes to do a lot of boasting about himself, and sometimes he sounds like he’s talking about someone else.
Fury does a good job of reliving his past fights, and glorifying them in a way that doesn’t match that actual fight. When Fury starts banging on about his win over a 40-ish Klitschko in 2015, he makes it sound like it was a thrilling action-packed fight.
The reality is that fight was about as interesting to watch as paint drying in the afternoon sun. To be sure, Fury did his job got the win, so you have to give him credit for that. But the fight was hardly a thrill a minute. When Fury talks about the fight, it’s like he’s describing the Marvin Hagler vs. Tommy Hearns war. The fact is, Klitschko-Fury was the complete opposite of that fight in terms of action. So you can’t call Fury a con artist. He’s not that. I think he’s more of a guy that likes to build himself up, and that’s OK.
Fury is a lineal champion with no belt – Wilder
“I kept telling him about my [WBC] belt how pretty it was and how it was coming home with me,” said Wilder when asked what he told Fury during their face off. “He’s a lineal champion with no belt, but he wants something. It’s going to be a beautiful moment in time for me, but not so pleasant for him,” said Wilder about Fury.
Wilder has already announced that after he beats Fury, the lineal title bit that he’s been drowning on about for the last four years will be finished. Deontay says he’s never going to mention being the lineal champion, and he also doesn’t want the Ring Magazine title. The only belt that Wilder values is the WBC title, and the invisible lineal title is meaningless to him. He sees it as forlorn to call himself a lineal champion with a pretend title.
“I see him being on the canvas in an awkward position like all my fighters do when I knock them out or he’s going to get knocked out of the canvas [ring],” said Wilder on Fury. “I like him getting knocked out of the canvas than in, because he’s in WWE, so it’ll make it a little bit more realistic for him.”
Oh boy, it sounds like Wilder really wants to smash Fury in the rematch, doesn’t it? Wilder isn’t angry at all this time. The way Wilder calmly talked to the media, he sounded like the arch villain, and yet was so calm. It was like he telling the media a happy bedtime story, but the details were so scary.