Deontay Wilder has accused Tyson Fury as a cheater a number of times in the past, and did the same once again, less than a month after they met in Saudi Arabia.
Tyson Fury’s A Cheater: Deontay Wilder
Wilder and Fury crossed paths in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia- not in the squared circle, but for the Tommy Fury vs. Jake Paul fight just under a month ago. There, they hugged and it appeared that they might have buried the hatchet following a fiery three fight rivalry spanning between 2018 and 2022.
However, as the “Bronze Bomber” insists, the grudge is far from over.
“I know a lot of people seen me with Fury. There’s a place and a time for all things. Of course… I can’t stand that motherf*****, they know what’s up,” Wilder confessed during an interview with the YouTube channel, ESNEWS. “He’s a cheater, I know a lot of things.”
“A lot of top people know a lot of things, so they can’t be fooled bro,” he went on. “This is a peaceful ground. It’s like ‘I don’t like you, but I can come and let you know I see you see. We can co-exist with each other, you stay over there and I’ll stay over here, that’s it.'”
“[It would be] totally different if I saw him out or something like that, I’m going to go off how my energy feels and that can be very unpredictable because I’m an unpredictable person. Fury didn’t know what I was going to do. I can feel him, I can feel it, I’m an impact but I came in peace. [There is a] time and place for everything,” added Wilder. [H/T Boxingscene.com]
Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury first met in 2018 in what was the American’s eighth title defense as the then WBC champion. Back then, Wilder knocked out all of his opponents in championship fights and dropped Fury in the ninth and final round, but the “Gypsy King” recovered, and the fight ended as a draw in Los Angeles, California.
In 2020, Fury and Wilder agreed to a rematch and the fight was won by the Englishman by knockout in the seventh round, after knocking Wilder down in the third and fifth episodes. This was the first loss of Wilder’s career, and since then, he has been unable to regain the championship from him.
After that matchup, Fury came close to fighting Anthony Joshua and unifying the heavyweight belts, but a judge’s order forced Fury to give Wilder one more fight, which he won via knockout in October 2021.
For now, Wilder is waiting to be assigned a new opponent for 2023. He has Andy Ruíz Jr as the WBC’s mandatory rival. Meanwhile, Fury did not reach an agreement to fight Oleksandr Usyk for the heavyweight unification.