Tyson Fury: ‘Wilder will never get a shot at me for what he said’
By Jeff Aronow: Tyson Fury says he will never give former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder another shot against him for the things he said recently.
Wilder’s comments about his belief that Fury cheated in their rematch by having something in his gloves has him upset, but he says won’t sue him. Instead, Fury has chosen never to give Wilder another fight.
Wilder lashed out in an interview last month in talking about Fury and his feelings that he had something in his gloves.
If Wilder wants to fight Fury again, the obvious thing for him to do would be to apologize.
Fury knocked Wilder out in the seventh round last February in their rematch in Las Vegas. Wilder felt that he was robbed of a knockout in the 12th round of their first fight in 2018.
Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) may need to vacate his WBC title if the World Boxing Council orders him to fight Wilder. If Fury vacates without fighting Wilder, he’ll lose out on a great deal of money, and the boxing public will think he’s ducking.
Currently, Wilder is ranked #1 with the WBC. However, he’s not Fury’s mandatory at this time. For Wilder to become mandatory, he’ll need to fight in a WBC title eliminator.
Rather than freezing Wilder out, Fury, 32, would be better off facing him again and beating to show the fans that his previous win wasn’t a fluke thing.
Fury vows NEVER to fight Wilder again
“The original date was July 27th, but that didn’t happen because he had an injury,” said Fury to Gareth A Davies about his trilogy with Wilder.
“It got put back October 18th and didn’t happen because they were trying to get a venue that pleased everybody.
“Then they had three dates in December, 5th, 12th, and the 19th, which I agreed to all of them. That obviously didn’t happen. So I’m not going to wait around forever.
“I need to move on. And I can’t live my life around somebody else’s. I agreed to every date they said. Every date that they mentioned, I agreed to. It’s not worth me looking at right now.
“It’s over. Deontay Wilder tried to bring my character down with the bull s*** he said.
“So if I were like the rest of the world, I’d probably sue him for defamation of character for $100 million. But considering I’m not, I’m not interested in doing that type of thing.
“So he’ll never get a shot against me. He’ll never for what he said,” Fury said in writing off Wilder.
If Wilder turns his career around, Fury may need to fight him if he wants to avoid being seen as bitter, angry, and afraid. What Fury doesn’t realize is the fans see his decision take an easy fight on December 5th against Agit Kabayel as a sign that’s not willing to risk messing up his big payday clash against IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
They see Fury as becoming risk-averse now that he’s about to make a lot of money against Joshua. For that reason, Fury’s decision to avoid Wilder for the remainder of his career is convenient for him to avoid a potential loss.
Hopefully, Fury doesn’t make a habit of rejecting other opponents permanently for things that they may have said about him in the past. If Fury’s opponents are expected to say nice things about him to consider facing them, it’s not sporting.
In pretty much all sports, the players and teams trash talk. But it doesn’t keep them from playing against each other. In Fury’s case, he’s decided he doesn’t want to fight Wilder again because of his comments.
Fury will have to give up his WBC title if Wilder becomes his mandatory. He can’t just ignore Wilder and freeze him out without being stripped.
Fury lists Wilder’s excuses for losing
“Losing is one thing. Everybody can lose to the better man on the night,” Fury continued with his rant about Deontay.
“To come out with the amount of BS he’s come out with in the last eight months, he’s conveniently waited for the contracts expired before he’s opened his mouth in the last few months.
“So he’s ridiculous. I don’t want to give him any air time. That’s it for him. I think he’s lost his marbles. First of all, it was the suit, and then it was the bicep injury, and then his trainer was on our team.
“Then it was the referee was against him, then it was I had weight in my gloves. Plus, now somebody has spiked his water. It’s defamation of character, isn’t it? For sure,” said Fury.
If Wilder believes all these things, who are we to invalidate his view. Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) thinks these things are true, and it’s what he believes.
If he really thinks the heavy suit he wore in the ring wore his legs out, you can’t tell him that wasn’t the case.
We don’t know because we’re not him. Of all the excuses Wilder has come up with for why he lost to Fury, the rabbit punching makes the most sense.
If you look at the Wilder-Fury II fight again, you’ll see a lot of punches from Fury that hit Wilder in the back of the head.
At times, it almost looked like Fury was targeting the back of Wilder’s head with his punches. Wilder appeared to attempt to throw similar punches back at fury, but they weren’t effective.
If Wilder wanted to make excuses for his loss, the rabbit punches he absorbed would be a logical excuse.
Tyson concerned with Deontay’s mental wellbeing
“I’m quite concerned with his mental wellbeing, to be fair, rather than his boxing career. That’s gone. Some people can’t take losses. Imagine being undefeated for 12 years as a professional, and you made 10 defenses, and you were told that you could beat this guy.
“He’s [Fury] came back and ballooned up in weight and gave you a boxing lesson and absolutely annihilated you in the rematch. Would I be the same? No. I lost to the better man, fair play.
“But they’re not like me, are they? But they’re not like me. When AJ got beat by Ruiz, he didn’t make a million excuses. He said, ‘Fantastic, well done.’ It’s put to him [Wilder] what he wants to do,” said Fury.
Wilder seemed to be his normal self recently during an interview. He complained about foul play’s suspicions and said that he feels that Fury should honor his rematch clause and face him.
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