By Mark Elezaj
The pre-fight press conference to promote the much anticipated title fight between heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and the former champion Deontay Wilder was a tad bit strange to say the least.
Wilder made a brief statement, promising violence and bloodshed, before sitting down and going completely silent.
“Enough said. Time to cut off his head, come July 24th, there will be bloodshed.”
Wilder, who refused to remove his headphones or answer any questions moving forward.
Fury wasn’t so brief with his statements.
“All this bloodshed stuff, not so certain. Heard it all before, to be fair,” Fury replied. “He said this last time — ‘decapitation,’ ‘bloodshed,’ all that, and we all know what went down there.
“It shows how weak of a mental person he is, and how much the beating in the last fight took from him emotionally in his life. I was worried about Deontay Wilder for quite a while,” he said. “Obviously he’s doing his little thing with his earphones on, and doesn’t want to answer any questions. That’s up to him, but I’m here to promote a fight.”
As Wilder continued to remain quiet, Fury continued on, saying that he expects an even earlier knockout for this fight.
“I guarantee he does not go past where he did before. I’m building my weight up, I’m trying to get up to 300 lbs for this fight, because I’m looking for a big knockout straight away. I don’t believe 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 wind up getting hurt.”
“I look forward to the challenge,” Fury said. “I hope he’s going to bring something different than he did last time – well he needs to. … Let’s hope he can give me a challenge. I know he’s taken on (new trainer) Malik (Scott), very experienced guy in boxing.”
Fury also said that he feels Wilder will go back to his old ways despite his new trainer, Scott responded.
“I think it’s just cliché,” Scott said. “A fighter’s supposed to think he’s (going to win a rematch after winning the first bout), especially (since) he had a good night last time. He had his best fight on Deontay Wilder’s worst night. The stars just lined up for him. That’s not going to be same in the trilogy.”
And now, the moment we all were waiting for, the face off before the conclusion of the press conference.
Both men were focused on one another, locking eyes on each other for several minutes, even as they were being instructed to face the media and pose for photos.
The two fighters’ camps did exchange words however, causing situation to become very tense before Wilder broke eye contact and walked away.
Wilder and Fury fought to a split draw in their first meeting and Fury scored a very dominant seventh-round TKO in their rematch.
Wilder went through arbitration to ensure that the third fight was honored as Fury was looking to move on and fight Anthony Joshua to unify all four recognized world championships.
When asked why Wilder refused to answer any questions from moderator Crystina Poncher during the press conference, Malik Scott responded, “He said, ‘The talking is done. It’s just time to do business and to put in work.’ ”
~ The Fighting Voice ~