Deontay Wilder has rebuffed concern from Tyson Fury for his wellbeing – and just wants a third fight against ‘The Gypsy King’ instead.
Wilder responded angrily to the collapse of his planned trilogy fight with Fury recently. He blasted the British star and also made several wild claims about their rematch. Including claims that Fury had loaded gloves and that his water was spiked.
Fury shows concern for Wilder
There is no proof that any of the above happened, and Fury said he was “worried” for Wilder during an appearance on ITV’s Good Morning Britain this week.
He said: “I’m worried for Wilder’s mental health. There has to be a point where you accept defeat, move on. He’s coming out with ludicrous statements.
“I’m only a phone call away and if I can help in any way then I would give him the best advice I can.”
Wilder says he’s fine, just wants Fury to fight
Wilder though responded by saying he is absolutely fine – and just wants Fury to give him a chance to win the WBC belt again. A chance he says he gave Fury on two occasions.
Speaking on Twitter, ‘The Bronze Bomber (42-1-1) said: “Don’t worry about me I am Fine, Blessed. The only thing I want from you is for you to honor your agreement and fight me.
“I gave you 2 shots when I didn’t have to and it changed your life. Now it is time for you to be a man and give me my shot as you agreed to.”
Hey @Tyson_Fury ,
Don’t worry about me I am Fine, Blessed.
The only thing I want from you is for you to honor your agreement and fight me. I gave you 2 shots when I didn’t have to and it changed your life. Now it is time for you to be a man and give me my shot as you agreed to.
— Deontay Wilder (@BronzeBomber) November 12, 2020
Those two shots Wilder refers to of course were the two fights the pair have had already. They both came after Fury’s comeback from the brink of boxing oblivion. He spent almost three years out of the ring, tormented by mental health issues.
Their first meeting was a controversial draw in Los Angeles in December 2018. Fury had to get off the floor twice to hear the final bell. But most experts still had him winning the fight comfortably.
The rematch, in Las Vegas in February 2020, wasn’t nearly as close. Fury, showcasing a more aggressive style, was on the front foot right from the start. He dominated Wilder completely en route to a seventh-round TKO.
Fury “moved on” recently from the trilogy fight after it was scuppered in July, then October and finally December.
He is now expected to meet unbeaten German Agit Kabayal (20-0) at London’s Royal Albert Hall on December 5.
There are moves though to get Fury vs Wilder 3 back on, per Mike Coppinger of The Athletic. He says mediation between the two camps is happening to see if the bout could still happen.