Fury Calls Wilder a Social Climber
As we are in the final days before the eagerly awaited rematch between WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KO’s) and Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury (29-0-1, 20 KO’s), all eyes are on the heavyweight division. That being the case, both men and their teams are doing their best to sell the bout to the public. In the midst of this promotion, during a recent conference call, Fury has labeled Wilder as a ‘social climber.’
The Gypsy King came to this conclusion after hearing of Wilder’s ambitions to pursue acting outside of his boxing career. In Fury’s estimation, he is a pure fighter because he is totally focused on boxing. Wilder’s resolve, on the other hand, he sees as a bit more diluted.
TRUE TO THE GAME
Ironically, Fury has reiterated that he only has three more fights in him before he walks away from the sport. Alternatively, Wilder has doggedly insisted that he has six more years of fighting left in his gas tank. It’s also funny that while Fury calls the Bronze Bomber a social climber, he appears to be the one going out of his way to appeal to a greater fan base.
This can be seen in the numerous media pieces he’s done and his open pandering to the American and Mexican audiences in these last two fights. Against Tom Schwarz, the Gypsy King came to the ring dripping US apparel. Then against Otto Wallin, Fury was dressed from head to toe in Mexican themed attire.
“Its how much you want it and I believe I want this more than Deontay Wilder does. Deontay Wilder wants to be a famous guy. He wants to be an actor, he wants to be on TV, he’s into that life style and all that, he’s what I call a social climber. He wants to be something he’s not. Me, I don’t care for all that stuff. I don’t care about being famous, I don’t care if someone wants to shake my hand or be on TV. None of that stuff means anything to me.
The only thing means anything to me is winning these fights. That’s it, period. When the boxing is over, that’s it for me. There is no more fame, no more books because I want take any more steps to be an actor or to be a singer or to be something like that because it doesn’t interest me. I’m a purebred fighting man through and through. And when it’s over it’s over, that its, nothing else matters to me.”
At the end of the day, their side interests and careers after boxing will have little to nothing to do with what transpires in the ring on February 22. So as the fans, the best that we can do is hope that both men come to the squared-circle focused and ready to put their best foot forward. And hopefully, when all the dust is settled, we’ll get the knockout that everyone is craving!
By: Bakari Simpson