Wilder Claims Fight Talk Is Real, Plans Mid-Round KO
After negotiations stalled for a heavyweight unification fight with Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder was furious and without many options for an opponent.
Now, the WBC world heavyweight champion is near a deal with former world champion, Tyson Fury, in Las Vegas this December.
“I believe 100 percent that this fight is going to happen and it’s going to get done,” Wilder told Ring Magazine. “We’re very, very close. Very, very close. Closer than Joshua and me could ever get in a lifetime. It’s definitely gonna happen, there’s no doubt. There’s just a little more work to be done.
“Me and Fury, we talked with each other back and forth; I think he’s a great guy, we have a relationship together, and my team has a relationship with his team.
“This is going to be better than Joshua when it all boils down to it … and we know Tyson Fury, in many eyes, is still the champ, he hasn’t been defeated. He’s still undefeated. He’s still the lineal champion. Once I knock him off, I become that man who beat the man.”
Fury, who is preparing for his second tune-up fight since his return to boxing, has been consistently calling out both Wilder and Joshua to fight him.
The “Gypsy King” took a nearly three year hiatus from boxing due to mental health and substance abuse issues, which would lead to issues with UK Anti-Doping and his license being revoked. Since late 2017, Fury partnered with Frank Warren to help get his career back on track, and now Wilder is excited to face a refreshed Fury.
“I’m super excited, I can’t wait for this thing to be official and we can get the promotion going and get the fans riled up for it,” said Wilder, a 32-year-old from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. “I feel he’s going to be back into his top form, he’s in shape, he’s slimmed down, he’s been a champion before, he knows what it takes to be a champion, to adjust to other fighters.
“He’s a guy that’s ready to go, he’s seen what’s been happening to me with this whole situation, and he’s disgusted because Joshua is British as well, and they see he didn’t want to fight. So he’s being a man, stepping into my backyard and doing something their other so-called champion wouldn’t do, so mad respect from me.”
Initial Report: The Ring