Before he crossed paths with Tyson Fury, former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder achieved the status of being invincible in the squared circle. The 6 ft 7 inch “Bronze Bomber” won every single professional fight until his first encounter with Fury in December 2018, which ended in a draw. However, the rivalry with Fury ultimately turned out to be the scar in Wilder’s impeccable boxing record, as the “Gypsy King” defeated Wilder back to back in their rematch in February last year and then in October this year.
Regarded as one of the greatest boxing rivalries of all time, the Fury vs Wilder saga concluded with Fury’s complete domination over Wilder in the ring, as the latter failed to avenge his loss or reclaim the WBC belt and the American boxer has even spoken about contemplating retirement.
This was an educating journey for both of us: Tyson Fury looks back at the trilogy with Deontay Wilder
Reflecting on the trilogy, Tyson Fury is not only ready to put all the rivalries behind but is also willing to spend time with Wilder to pull the former world champion out of any retirement plan.
“This will take years off our lives,” Fury said in an interview with Daily Mail, “we will feel the effects of this in our later days. I fear only God. Never worried about fighting any man. And I always expect every heavyweight to carry a massive punch. So no. But I was aware that here was a champion with the special capacity to switch off any human with just one hit. Perhaps the heaviest puncher of all time. Some boxers have fantastic chins. But my powers of recovery are unique. Deontay’s not the first to put me down. But like the others he’s found out that I always get up. Always.
“I am proud to have shared a very special time with Deontay in the ring which has brought us both more fame and respect. Neither of us will ever forget being part of what people are calling one of the greatest of all heavyweight fights. Nor will the people who watched it. Coming through that fire has been good for me as a person. And for Deontay. This was an educating journey for both of us. We survived and for that I thank God. As I do for everything in my life. My wife, my family, my mental health, my boxing.”
“I hear he’s beginning to think about retiring. If so we need to spend time together. We didn’t take in the enormity of it all after our third fight. I still don’t think we realize everything it means. Maybe, in years to come, we will be sitting with our family and friends and reminisce quietly about the fight of our lives,” Fury added. [H/T Boxingscene.com]
- WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury wants to spend time with rival Deontay Wilder
- Wilder recently revealed that he is contemplating retirement after back to back losses against Fury
- Fury says he will spend time with Wilder to pull him out of retirement thoughts