Deontay Wilder Promises To Take Tyson Fury Out Inside the Distance
Former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs is just days away from his chance at redemption. On October 9, he will step into the ring for his long-awaited trilogy with current WBC titleholder, Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs).
The last time fans saw Wilder in a boxing ring was on February 22, 2020. Wilder was not only the WBC champ but thought of by fans as the hardest-hitting and most feared boxer on the planet. However on that night, all that came crashing down. He lost the title via a shocking seventh-round stoppage as Fury bullied and punished him in their rematch. It was a devastating defeat.
Afterward, Wilder said something was off and he was not himself. He made a myriad of accusations to explain what went wrong. Included were claims his water was spiked and that Fury fought with loaded gloves. He also fired long-time trainer Mark Breland and replaced him with former knockout victim Malik Scott.
REVENGE ON HIS MIND
For the fighter nicknamed “The Bronze Bomber”, this upcoming trilogy is more than a chance to regain the WBC belt. It’s about restoration and attempting to restore his reputation. During a virtual interview with BT Sport Boxing, he spoke about how he’s looking forward to getting back into the ring.
“It’s going to be a great, great, great show while it lasts. The preparation for it has been amazing and my whole team is hyped. We talk to each other at least 10-12 times a day, talking about certain situations. The wait seems like it’s almost over, I’m looking forward to it.”
A NEW VOICE
With him bringing in Scott, the question becomes “will we see a different fighter?” Pundits have long criticized Wilder for relying solely on his one-punch power and not enhancing his boxing skills. The former champion has been adamant that he’s a multi-dimensional fighter. During camp, he said the synergy with Scott has been fantastic.
“It’s nothing that Malik has really taught me. It’s just what he could bring out of me that no one else could. We’re just doing it on a consistent basis. It’s been an amazing camp. These last seventeen months, the more time I’ve had, the better it’s been for me. So, it’s definitely been beneficial for me.”
The work to make this third matchup has been an ordeal. Team Wilder sued Fury after he was negotiating to fight then-unified champion, Anthony Joshua. In May of 2021, arbitrator Daniel Weinstein ruled Fury’s next fight must be against Wilder. After the ruling, Fury vs Wilder III was set for July 24 but got pushed back after Fury tested positive for COVID-19.
PROMISING TO DELIVER
Despite innuendo and legalese, all that matters is what happens when they go to war at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Insisting he’s ready to reclaim the thrown, Wilder predicts that Fury is getting knocked out.
“It’s not going the distance at all. I can’t see this fight going the distance. At the end of the day, we want it way more than him.
“I know for a fact he hasn’t trained as hard as I’ve trained. He doesn’t want it as bad as I want it. For that reason, I cannot see this fight going long distance. This is the heavyweight division and when people come out to watch the heavyweight division, they come to see knockouts.
“They know when they come to see Deontay Wilder, they’re going to get just that, and I’m going to deliver. Again, I can’t wait.”
By: Michael Wilson Jr.