Tyson Fury has hit back at bizarre claims from Deontay Wilder following the collapse of their planned trilogy fight last month.
Fury vs Wilder 3 had been expected to take place first in July, then in October and then on December 19. But the COVID-19 pandemic saw time run out on the bout happening in 2020.
As a result, Fury announced recently that he had “moved on” from Wilder. And instead he would take in a UK homecoming bout on Saturday December 5. His opponent at the Royal Albert Hall appears likely to be unbeaten German Agit Kabayel (20-0).
That news saw Wilder (42-1-1) finally break a months-long silence since his rematch defeat by Fury in Las Vegas in February. And he put forth several bold claims. They included repeating the claim earlier voiced by his camp Fury had loaded gloves, and also that his water had been spiked on fight night.
Fury: Wilder has lost his marbles
Fury himself (30-0-1) struggled to comprehend what he was hearing from ‘The Bronze Bomber as he responded to the claims in an interview with Fight Night on talkSPORT.
He said: “I think he has lost his marbles! First of all it was the suit, then it was the bicep injury, then his trainer was on our team, then the referee was against him, then I had weights in my gloves…
“Now someone has spiked his water…It’s one of those things, isn’t it.”
For the 35-year-old Wilder there is a danger that his hopes of regaining his WBC belt from Fury may be slipping away.
After his December 5 appearance, Fury is expected to fight Anthony Joshua at least once in 2021, possibly twice. Hopefully in a massive match to unify the heavyweight titles.
Joshua must do his part of course to keep that plan on track. He defends his IBF, WBA and WBO belts against Kubrat Pulev on December 12. That bout, at London’s O2 Arena, will air on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN in the United States.