Deontay Wilder was a man of few words at Tuesday’s press conference to start the countdown to his trilogy fight with Tyson Fury as he refused to answer questions from the media – leaving ‘The Gypsy King’ to blast him as ‘weak’.
‘The Bronze Bomber’ made a short and chilling statement when he stepped up to the podium in Los Angeles on Tuesday – a little over a month out from fight night on Saturday July 24.
The former WBC heavyweight king said: “Enough said. Time to cut off his head. Come July 24th there will be bloodshed. Get your tickets now, I’ll see you soon.” And that was it.
Fury – Wilder is ‘weak’
Fury seized on Wilder’s refusal to field questions, claiming: “It shows how weak of a mental person he is. How much the beating from the last fight has taken an emotional and physical effect on his life.
“I was worried about Deontay Wilder for quite a while after the defeat I gave him. He’s doing his little thing with his earphones on and doesn’t wanna answer any questions. That’s up to him but I’m hear to promote a fight and speak to the press.”
Fury was also unimpressed by Wilder’s repeated claims that he’ll decapitate Fury when the pair meet at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas next month.
“As for all this bloodshed stuff, not so certain,” said ‘The Gypsy King’.
“Heard it all before to be fair. Said all this last time. Decapitation, bloodshed, and we all know what went down there.
Wilder will get another good hiding
“It’s gonna be Deontay Wilder. It’s his turn again. Let him get another good hiding and we’ll see if he wants a fourth rematch after this one – maybe a seventh, a 10th, 72. Who knows, it might go on for ever.”
Fury has been out of the ring (like Wilder) for 16 months now since that rematch victory over Wilder in Las Vegas. He revealed the secret to keeping his mental health demons at bay during that long wait.
“I just keep training, keep motivated. I’m happy to be alive, to be living. I look forward to today, that’s how I manage my problems. I’m looking forward to the challenge, i hope he can bring something different than he did last time. He needs to – let’s face facts. Let’s hope he can give me a challenge.”
Fury now has KO power – ‘SugarHill’
Fury’s trainer, Javan ‘SugarHill’ Steward, believes his man now has something he did not before the pair began working together ahead of that February 2020 rematch.
“He now has power to knock a man out with one punch. That’s one thing I’m happy he has now along with his other boxing skills and everything else that he knows.”
When the pleasantries were over the two fighters engaged in a face-off which appeared to last for ever – neither man willing to be the first to move or break it up. Eventually it was Deontay who put on his sunglasses and walked away, as team Fury cheered and shouted “we won”.
Fury and Wilder of course have met twice before. Their first fight was a controversial draw in Los Angeles in December 2018. Fury dominated the Vegas rematch in February 2020 en route to victory via a seventh-round stoppage.
That was Wilder’s first professional defeat and he produced multiple wild excuses and allegations afterwards – ranging from the weight of his ring walk costume to Fury’s gloves.