Tyson Fury vowed to run over “one-trick pony” Deontay Wilder when they clash for a third time in Las Vegas on July 24 after the American threatened to cut off his rival’s head before falling silent during the pre press conference. -combat.
Fury, 32, looked set for an all-British showdown against Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia in August.
However, a US legal ruling shattered those plans, with an arbitration hearing confirming Wilder’s claims that he was contractually owed a third bout with WBC champion Fury.
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Joshua will now face Oleksandr Usyk in September, as Fury meets Wilder in their trilogy contest, which has been confirmed for Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.
The two fighters faced off on Tuesday at a press conference in Los Angeles as promotion for their trilogy showdown stepped up the march.
While a shirtless Fury had made a grand entrance, Wilder opted instead for the silent approach, sitting with headphones and dark sunglasses next to new trainer Malik Scott.
When he took the mic for some opening remarks, the Bronze Bomber was short, but certainly not sweet.
The American said, “I would like to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, my amazing team and also my strong legal team.
“Look, I’ve said enough. Time to cut off his head. On July 24th there will be bloodshed. Buy your tickets now. I’ll see you soon. “
That was Wilder’s only statement, but Fury was only too happy to share his thoughts.
“All this bloodshed stuff, not so sure. I’ve heard it all before, to be honest, “replied Fury, who stopped Wilder in the seventh round in February 2020, after their first fight ended in a controversial draw.
“He said it last time: beheading, bloodshed, and we all know what happened over there.
“I await the challenge. I hope it brings something different than last time. “
On Wilder’s silent approach, Fury added: “It shows how feeble-minded he is and how much the beating in the last fight has taken him emotionally in his life.
“Obviously he’s doing his little thing with earphones and doesn’t want to answer any questions. It’s up to him, but I’m here to promote a fight. “
Fury added: “Deontay Wilder is a one trick pony, he has the power of a punch. We all know.
“What I’m going to do this time is run over him like I’m an 18-wheel truck and he’s a human being.
“I guarantee you it doesn’t go beyond where it did before. I’m building my weight, I’m looking to get to 300lbs for this fight, because I’m looking for a big knockout right away.
“I don’t think he’s mentally, physically or emotionally involved in this fight.
“I think he’s doing it for the wrong reasons. When people do things for the wrong reasons, they always end up getting hurt. “
Fury also took some time to reflect on the shift in focus from a showdown with Joshua.
Since the plans for their scheduled contest halted on August 14, there have been plenty of words between the two rival camps: Joshua has labeled Fury a “fraud” during a public social media fight.
“It was a crazy rollercoaster of fights over what was going to happen and what was not going to happen,” Fury said.
“But I’ve always said you never fight anyone until you’re in the ring in front of them, so it wasn’t very difficult for me.
“I never started training, I wasn’t in retreat while all these negotiations were underway, so that’s how it went.
“One minute I’m fighting a guy, the next minute I’m fighting another guy. That’s what I get paid for. I get paid to beat people up, and it’s not really a bad job.
“It will be Deontay Wilder, it’s his turn again, let him hide another good hiding place and we’ll see if he wants a fourth rematch after this one, then maybe his seventh or tenth – who knows, it could go on forever. “
The confrontation of the fighters looked like he could do it as they stared at each other for about six minutes.
Wilder eventually had enough, put on his sunglasses and walked away in silence – which left Fury’s team cheering loudly, shouting “we won”.