Wilder’s manager Shelly Finkel says he’s ready to reclaim title from Fury on Oct.9th
By Jeff Aronow: Deontay Wilder’s manager Shelly Finkel is pleased that the fight with Tyson Fury has been rescheduled for October 9th after a short-term COVID-19 illness for the Gyspy King. Everything stays the same in terms of the undercard, the venue, and the fight card being sold on ESPN & FOX pay-per-view.
Fury is now testing negative of COVID-19 as of last Tuesday, and he’s ready to get back in training for the trilogy.
Finkel says Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) will be getting what’s owed to him with his contractual rematch, and he’s going to take back his WBC heavyweight title that he lost against Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) last year.
Fury and Deontay will be meeting for their trilogy at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Depending on the outcome, this might close the chapter in this rivalry. If Fury wins, there won’t be any need for him to ever fight Wilder against because he will have beaten him twice.
Some boxing fans think Fury deserved a victory in the first fight with Wilder in 2018, but you’d have to ignore the odd circumstance involving the referee giving a count to Tyson while he was knocked out cold in the 12th.
Fury-Wilder III undercard
The three-fight heavyweight undercard that had been planned for July 24th will remain the same for the October 9th card with the following fights:
Adam Kownacki vs. Robert Helenius II
Efe Ajagba vs. Frank Sanchez
Vladimir Tereshkin vs. Jared Anderson
“This is what we went to arbitration for,” said Shelly Finkel, Wilder’s manager. “He just wanted what was owed to him. He remains ready to reclaim his world title on Oct. 9.’’
Fury should be at full power for the fight without lingering issues from his brief bout with COVID-19. So it’s a good idea for Wilder to be ready for Fury to be fighting at full throttle on October 9th, which could be bad for him if he’s improved.
Fury won the rematch last year by jumping on Wilder in the first three rounds, knocking him down and hurting for all intents and purposes.
Wilder was never the same after getting dropped in the third, as his legs and balance were shot. Without his legs, Wilder has no power with his right hands.
Although Wilder still was throwing with speed, he didn’t have his legs under him to enable him to sit down on his right-hand shots.
Wilder needs a knockout to win
If Wilder wants to win, he’s probably going to need to knock Fury out because he’s not going to win enough rounds to get a decision.
Fury’s boxing skills are far superior to that of Wilder, and he’s very likely going to win every round of the fight. In the first two fights, Fury won basically every round. Wilder looked befuddled.
This time, what might be different is the movement that Wilder has been working on with new coach Malik Scott.
Deontay is showing much more movement than he has in the past, and he’s seemingly able to create angles for him to deliver his right-hand bombs on his target.
If that’s something that Wilder can do inside the ring on October 9th, Fury is going to need a strong chin to take those right-hand blasts.
Top Rank and PBC will need to develop a plan to turn a profit on the Fury vs. Wilder 3 fight. Unfortunately, boxing fans are not interested in the third fight because of how the last one played out.
Wilder was so badly over-matched that fans couldn’t believe he can win the third fight. Some fans would give Wilder a chance of winning if he’d taken a couple of tune-ups before facing Fury again, but that’s not happening.
Inactivity could be a problem
Wilder is going straight into the trilogy match with Fury after losing last year by a seventh round knockout.
Both fighters will have been out of the ring for 20 months by the time they fight on October 9th. So basically, we’re talking two years of inactivity for both guys.
With that much time out of the ring, there’s no telling who will win because a lot of it depends on how well preserved the two aging fighters are. Physically, Fury looks like he’s aged a lot more than Wilder.
The Gypsy King looks five years older than he was a year and a half ago. In contrast, Wilder’s appearance hasn’t changed. He looks the same as he did last year, but his fighting style is different from the movement he’s doing.
“He said so much crap, and people are going to rip him to pieces over it,” said John Fury to Boxing Social about Wilder. “It’s not true. He thinks, ‘If I adopt the silent treatment, I don’t have to explain myself,’ because he couldn’t.
“Deontay Wilder is a liar; that’s what he is. He’s a bad sportsman, and he’s like a big kid. He’s horrible. I have nothing good to say about him, nothing at all.
“He got beat to death; there was no cheating. It was fair and square. Everybody else must be wrong in America. They all got behind him, and I can’t understand it.
“They all must be stupid then. If they want to believe what Deontay Wilder is coming out with, they’re as daft as him.
“Again, over in America because it wouldn’t work over here. They’d knock him out of the ballpark. He’s a joke. Keep twerking. He does better doing that than he does boxing. He’s horrible. Tyson will annihilate him next time.
John Fury says Deontay doesn’t deserve a rematch
“If it were me, he wouldn’t be getting a fight because he doesn’t deserve it because of the way he’s performed. ‘Tyson is cheating; he has something in his glove.’
“He can’t take it because he got the worst beat down in world boxing history, and he’ll get another beat down next time. This time, I think he’ll end up brain-damaged.
“I don’t think he’s fit to box after what happened to him last time. When a man [Fury] is trying to take your life, a 19 stone giant, let’s see what he can do.
“I don’t like the man. I like American people, but I’m a man’s man. If I’m wrong, I’ll say I’m wrong. Nobody knocks everything, but that man thinks he does.
“He’s got an ego bigger than Las Vegas, and it’s doing him no good, isn’t it? Look where he’s at today, a beaten champion and a disgraced champion, an embarrassed champion.
“He can’t even talk at the press conference because of what he said. He doesn’t have any answers for his lies.
“And he doesn’t have any answers for his accusations. If it were me, he’d be in court. I’d say ‘prove them’ in a court case, but no one listens to me. I’d fix him; I’m telling you that right now. With all that bull s***, he’d be in court.
“My lad doesn’t say nothing bad about nobody,” said John about Fury. “He takes his lumps, does his thing, and that’s why he’s an undefeated champion because his mannerisms are right, and he’s a man.
“If my son got beat like that, he’d say, ‘I got a beat down.’ He’d go back to the drawing board and see what he could learn and see what he could improve on,” said John about Tyson.
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