Tyson Fury calls Deontay Wilder 'weak' as row erupts at press conference
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Huge fights lay in wait for Tyson Fury if he can defeat Deontay Wilder once again on Saturday night. The self-styled Gypsy King will put his WBC heavyweight world title on the line when he takes on Wilder in a blockbuster showdown for the third time.
Fury will be making his first outing this weekend since dethroning Wilder over 18 months ago.
The Brit was initially scheduled to face the Bronze Bomber earlier this summer before his positive Covid-19 test caused it to be pushed back to October.
The last time these two heavyweights met, Fury demolished Wilder inside seven rounds to inflict the first defeat of the American’s professional career.
Fury, who is expected to weigh 20lbs heavier than their last fight, has vowed to knock Wilder out in quicker time as he looks for a repeat of his dominant performance back in February 2020.
The two heavyweight rivals have genuine bad blood and were denied the opportunity to face off with each other at the final press conference earlier this week after a heated row erupted.
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Fury was expected to face Anthony Joshua in an all-British clash for the undisputed heavyweight crown next, but that fight has been scuppered after the latter was stripped of his world titles by Oleksandr Usyk last month.
It left Fury feeling ‘wounded,’ with boxing’s biggest fight now further away than ever with Joshua set to face Usyk again in a rematch in the early part of next year.
Because AJ has triggered his rematch clause, that also rules out Fury and Usyk meeting to determine the first undisputed heavyweight champion since the early 2000s.
Instead, Fury will likely face fellow Brit Dillian Whyte next if he can defeat Wilder this weekend.
Whyte, who currently holds the WBC ‘interim’ belt, has never fought for a world title despite having held the mandatory position for over 1,000 days before his knockout loss to Alexander Povetkin.
The Brixton fighter regained his position at the front of the queue to challenge for Fury’s WBC strap by exacting revenge on Povetkin back in March.
The WBC have finally presented Whyte with his chance to fulifll his lifelong dream, having this week ordered the winner of Fury and Wilder to defend the belt next against either Whyte or Otto Wallin, who face off at the end of the month.
A fight for all the belts would take precedence over the mandatory defence, but there is little to no chance of that happening next because Usyk is tied up in another fight with Joshua.
Meanwhile, Wilder revealed this week that there will not be a fourth fight between himself and Fury regardless of the outcome on Saturday night.
Initially, Fury had agreed on the finances for a two-fight deal with Joshua and was pencilled in to face him in August in Saudi Arabia before Wilder won his arbitration case for a third fight.
Wilder triggered his rematch clause after his stoppage defeat last year and was adjudged to have had a contractual right to a third fight despite Fury’s team claiming the clause had expired.
The heavy-hitting American will have the opportunity to level the scores on Saturday, with the pair’s previous two fights ending in a draw and a Fury win.
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