Fury v Wilder III: Fight in pics
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Andy Ruiz Jr believes that Deontay Wilder doesn’t want to face Tyson Fury for a fourth time despite his insistence. The Destroyer has a ‘gut feeling’ that Wilder would prefer a bout against Oleksandr Usyk and compete for the three belts he hasn’t won (WBA, WBO, and IBF).
Ruiz Jr is expected to face Wilder next in a WBC final eliminator for a shot at Fury’s green strap. Both men had to win semi-final eliminators in order to qualify for the next stage with Ruiz Jr beating Luis Ortiz on points and Wilder stopping Robert Helenius in the first round.
According to sanctioning body president, Mauricio Sulaimán, the contest will be ordered at the WBC convention later this month. However, Ruiz Jr believes Wilder is more interested in the other major world titles.
“For some reason, I have a gut feeling that if Wilder fights me and he wins he is going to have to fight Tyson Fury and I feel that he doesn’t want to fight Tyson Fury,” he told iFL TV. “I don’t think he wants the WBC belt.
“I think he wants to fight Usyk so he can get all the other belts that he’s never had and I’m kind of aiming in the other direction. Because since I had those belts, I want the WBC belt. So, that’s why I’m waiting patiently, I’m staying busy. I know I had a long layoff because of the surgeries I had but I’m back baby.”
Wilder held the WBC belt from 2015 to 2020 with ten successful title defences. In February 2020 though, he met his match in Fury.
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The pair had boxed to a draw 14 months prior after Fury picked himself up off the canvas in the final round to finish strong down the home straight. In the rematch, however, it would be Wilder who would find himself on the seat of his pants as Fury dropped his rival twice en route to a dominant seventh-round stoppage victory.
In their third and final encounter, Wilder battled bravely, flooring Fury twice in the fourth. But once again, Fury finished strong, stopping the American in the eleventh round. Despite consecutive knockout defeats, Wilder remains open to a fourth fight.
“I think that there’s definitely a chance of a fourth fight again,” Wilder told Sky Sports. “Boxing is a business. Many people call it a sport but it’s not a sport.
“The heavyweight division is very small. I’m still a big fish in the business, especially here in America. As long as we’re all in the same division and all still currently fighting, why not? It only can lead to that. With all that being said, it’s definitely a possibility.”
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