Former WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder has spoken up in favor of Tyson Fury ahead of his upcoming heavyweight title unification bout against Oleksandr Usyk.
After one of the fieriest rivalries in modern boxing, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder have seemingly buried the hatchet following their three-fight saga, which ended with a 2-0 record for Fury.
I think Usyk’s too small: Deontay Wilder
Following their trilogy fight last October, Fury expressed that he was ready to calm things down with Wilder and was ready to spend time with him. And now, Wilder has spoken in support of ‘The Gypsy King’ ahead of the potential undisputed heavyweight title clash against Usyk.
“I’ll fight them all. We’ll see, the future is bright. The king is back,” Wilder told ES News in a recent interview, “Ain’t no excitement going through unless I’m here. We’ve tried to prove that many times, and we have. That’s why I’m back by popular demand.”
Usyk, who defeated Anthony Joshua for the first time back in September to clinch the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO belts, defended the belts in their rematch back on 20th October, marking his second win over AJ.
The Ukrainian is now in the works to be pitted against Fury, the WBC champ, for a super fight for the undisputed crown, with a December date in Saudi Arabia rumoured to be the target.
While Usyk has proven himself as top class in the ring, Wilder believes he won’t be able to make up for the size difference against Fury, as well as suggesting a stamina issue for Usyk.
“I think Fury will be too big for him. He just uses his size all the time, no matter what, and a lot of other things. I think Usyk’s too small, that’s my opinion. I think Usyk has a stamina problem as well. You saw with Joshua, if Joshua had enough stamina it’d probably be a different result,” Wilder added. [H/T Boxingscene.com]