‘Going underground’ – Tyson Fury hits camp for Wilder

Tyson Fury says we shouldn’t expect to hear much from him in the next eight weeks after hitting camp on Monday for his trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder.

‘The Gypsy King’ (30-0-1) will lock horns with ‘The Bronze Bomber’ for a third time in Las Vegas on Saturday July 24, again with the WBC, Ring magazine and lineal heavyweight titles on the line.

Fury is a general 2/7 favourite to beat Wilder for a second time following that seven-round demolition job in their Vegas rematch in February 2020. Their first fight  – in Los Angeles in December 2018 – had ended in a controversial draw.

He knows that despite his apparent superiority over the American, Wilder remains the biggest puncher in boxing’s marquee weight class. And one wrong move could ruin any chance of that all-British unification with Anthony Joshua being rekindled.

‘Let the games begin’ – Tyson Fury

Fury released a social media post on Monday evening to make it clear he is hitting camp for the next eight weeks, and will be “going underground” with his phone firmly set to off.

Fury of course will again be trained by Kronk Gym disciple Javan ‘SugarHill’ Steward – nephew of the late, great Emanuel Steward.

That Wilder rematch win was the first time the pair had worked together – and the results were devastating. Fury was bigger, stronger and more devastatingly destructive than ever before. He set about Wilder from the opening bell and never let up en route to a stoppage victory.

Wilder in after AJ fight collapsed

The Wilder trilogy is not exactly what Fury was expecting this summer – he’d been lined up for that showdown with Joshua in Saudi Arabia on August 14. But within 24 hours of announcing that date, Fury had lost an arbitration ruling to Wilder and been forced to give him that trilogy fight.

It’s hoped that if Fury defeats Wilder, and Anthony Joshua defeats likely opponent Oleksandr Usyk in August, the big fight between the two British heavyweight kings could still happen in November or December.

Saudi Arabia had agreed to put up a record site fee of $155million (£109million) to stage the bout. It remains to be seen whether that will still be on offer if and when a new date is set.