John Fury has blasted the excuses coming from the Deontay Wilder camp after ‘The Bronze Bomber’ suffered that devastating defeat at the hands of his son Tyson.
Wilder (42-1-1) suffered his first professional defeat when stopped in seven one-sided rounds by ‘The Gypsy King’ at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in February.
In the immediate aftermath there was talk of a bicep injury (recently raised again by Wilder sparring partner Junior Fa) and even that Wilder’s heavy and elaborate ring walk costume had sapped his strength.
Fury Sr says Wilder should never have fought it he was injured, telling IFL TV: “It’s up to his team to say, ‘You’re injured, you can’t fight.’ To be honest with you, it’s the biggest load of bulls*** I’ve ever heard from a professional sportsman.
“You got a beatdown, swallow it, look at it, assess it and know where you went wrong. Build on it and work on what mistakes you made.
“Until you accept what’s happened to you – it’s what you call being in denial – you’re not gonna learn from it and you’re not gonna move on.”
Fury Sr clearly respects Wilder as a fighter, and believes that the former WBC world heavyweight champion wasn’t best served by his corner in that rematch.
“He did get a bad beatdown because of his corner. The only good man he’s got is Mark Breland, the rest don’t know what they’re doing. They can’t do, because they wouldn’t be putting him back in so soon after the beatdown he got.
“If they put him back in, they want sacking.”
Wilder himself has been strangely silent since that crushing defeat back in February, and is now preparing for a trilogy fight against Fury which is slated to take place in Las Vegas on Saturday December 19.
Whether it does take place there on that date will be down to whether venues will be able to allow crowds – Fury’s co-promoter Bob Arum is hopeful Allegiant Stadium will be able to host 10-15,000 fans in a stadium which seats 65,000.