Wilder’s criticism of Fury’s style has been clear to see following his consecutive losses to the Gypsy King. The former WBC heavyweight champion has claimed on more than one occasion that Fury’s gloves were not according to the boxing regulations. In particular, Wilder alleged that the gloves had been tampered with so that an egg-shaped item was put in the gloves to cause more damage. Although Fury was not found to have done anything untoward, Wilder’s feelings towards the boxer were clear.
“It’s impossible for a brand new 10oz glove to bend, to keep a smushed-in form or to have loose space. I highly believe you had something hard in your glove, something the size and the shape of an egg-weight. It’s the reason why the side of my face swelled up in an egg-weight form. And it left a dent in my face as well…I know the truth behind that. I don’t condone cheating and s**t like that. I know that no matter what people say,” Wilder
With that being said, Wilder suspected that Fury would use unorthodox tactics against Usyk to come out victorious. And in doing so, Wilder drew parallels with Fury’s win against Steven Cunningham. After the latter had dropped Fury, the Gypsy King imposed his size and will on the smaller boxer to secure a stoppage. And that is precisely how Wilder sees things playing out again.
“Fury’s size is what makes him gain more success. When I see him against Usyk, I see how they cheated [Steve] Cunningham with that clubbing, putting his weight on him and clubbing him. I could see him doing the same thing with Usyk, putting his weight on him. I do think Usyk has more skill, but when it comes to the size and stuff, I don’t think he’ll be able to compete with the size of Fury. But who knows? – That’s my opinion,” Wilder