By Charles Brun: Tyson Fury took credit for Deontay Wilder crying after his sensational return victory over Robert Helenius on December 15th, saying that his victories over ‘The Bronze Bomber’ had “humbled” him.
Interestingly, Fury claimed that he’d beaten Wilder (43-2-1, 42 KOs) three times rather than twice.
Of course, many boxing fans believe that Fury, in reality, lost two of the three fights with Deontay and should have been disqualified for rabbit punches in their second fight. In other words, Wilder is up 2-0 over Fury.
If you saw the first and third fights, it’s hard not to say that Wilder was robbed of knockout wins over Fury. On both occasions, Fury was down on the canvas for a long, long time.
Fury’s frequent mentioning of his ‘wins’ over Wilder suggests that those are the most important victories of his long career. It’s too bad that both of them were tainted due to the knockdowns that Wilder scored, which arguably should have resulted in the fights being stopped.
“Maybe I knocked a bit of sense into him. Maybe he’s been humbled from the three beatings that I gave the sucker,” said Tyson Fury to True Geordie about Deontay Wilder crying during the post-fight interview following his first round knockout of Robert Helenius on December 15th.
It’s interesting how Fury twists things around, making it appear that he’s the one that did damage to Wilder rather than the other way around. We know that after Fury’s third fight with Wilder, he retired and talked about not wanting to take punishment.
Those two knockdowns that Deontay scored in that fight may have led Fury to begin worrying about his health because ever since then, he hasn’t fought, and it looked plainly obvious to some fans that he purposefully bungled his negotiations with Anthony Joshua to avoid getting hit by the hard punches from the 6’6″ former two-time world champion.
If you listen to Wilder’s post-fight interview, he was discussing his thoughts about the many fighters that suffer debilitating damage during their careers.
Deontay also talked about knocking Helenius out cold, and you could see that he felt concerned for his friend & former sparring partner.