A frustrated Tyson Fury comes out rocking after a delay for the Deontay Wilder trilogy
Tyson FuryMy index finger traced the condensation running down the Heineken can in the one-hundred and ten-degree heat here.
He then took a long gulp to fortify himself to bid farewell to critics and conspiracy theorists in the wake of the Covid bout that forced the postponement of a world heavyweight trio fight with Deontay Wilder.
My first alcoholic drink since then birthday Today,’ he announced as he hit the tin on the table. I’ve done nothing but train my ass since I crashed Deontay.
Tyson Fury (right) forced to delay his three-way fight against Deontay Wilder (left)
The British heavyweight thinks he contracted Covid-19 from one of his sparring partners
That was 17 months ago in their first match, and it’ll be another 11 weeks in the ring by the time the Gypsy King and Bronze Bomber meet again on the Vegas Strip, on the rescheduled date of October 9.
It was also a refutation of cynical accusations that he welcomed another delay after already endless diversions through contract litigation and coronavirus isolation.
“I couldn’t be more prepared for next Saturday,” Fury said. “Then I was pretty much ready to take down Anthony Joshua in December.”
Britain’s battle for the undisputed World Heavyweight Championship looks as if it has been in the wind since Lennox Lewis, the last available belt wearer, retired. Here and now it looks like a mirage evaporating in the Nevada desert.
No one was more disappointed than Fury with its July 24 cancellation. Perhaps except for Wilder who accused him of being unprofessional and irresponsible.
“I’m the last person to blame,” Fiore says of the virus that has spread through his team. I don’t have a big entourage, unlike most world champions who wear all their clothes. Since returning to camp full time, I haven’t gone anywhere other than my new home here and the Top Rank gym. My team didn’t have it.
The only people I couldn’t fully control their movements were my sparring partners who changed. They are in and out of the bubble and everyone knows this city is full of Covid. I think we picked it up from someone.
As for Deontay Wilder’s latest allegations against him over the course of the long three-header, he says: “Mentally speaking, he’s a broken man. I destroyed it the last time in seven rounds and I’ll destroy it faster next time. Inside five. He knows that if we fight ten times I will win ten times.
Fury dominated Wilder in their second fight and is quite confident to repeat the stunt
Then, recalling the drama and the controversial recording the first time they fought for the WBC belt, he cried out in laughter and said, “Win nine, draw one.”
Humor was one of the mainstays that carried Fury through his struggles against chronic depression that affected his mental health, and it’s a well-told story. But he’s serious again when he says, “Deontay will need help after I crush him again.”
For the immediate sanity of both, he will do everything conceivable to prevent a second Covid outbreak from forcing another interregnum.
“There were only ten of us on the team this time,” he says. But when we go back to camp for a month in England and another month here I’m going to cut it down to just four full time. Me, my head coach Sugarhill Steward, my assistant Andy Lee, and my old friend Tim, who organizes my life.
We will strictly control access to sparring partners and increase testing. No massager. There is no fitness trainer. There is no nutritionist. Even my two brothers will have to wait to join me until fight week here in Vegas.
I’ve had enough frustration on this roller coaster. I don’t need more, any more than I would have risked anyone else’s health by getting out of quarantine early.
Fury is worried about his American opponent’s mental health if he beats him again
Thus he refutes the attacks on social media after posting selfies in the strip when he came back out of isolation: “I took the advice of the best doctors in America. Everything we did was on top of the board. In fact, I overstepped their advice. I stayed isolated for two or three days longer than their maximum recommendations.
I took the pictures because I was so happy to be out in the sun. Waking up every morning in hot, bright weather was vital to stabilizing my mental health recovery. I am relieved and grateful that we have all gone through such a terrible time when so many people are dying.
I’m glad I’m alive to come back for a week off from the training I need. To my beautiful pregnant wife, our five children and another baby on the way.
So don’t bother, he says, such relatively minor quarantine inconveniences as having to miss red-carpet outings to personally collect his award as Boxer of the Year from two major US sports television networks – ESPYS and ESPN. It’s not as contradictory as it might seem because the qualifying period was from January 2020 to January 2021.
But he can’t help but wonder why he’s given those awards here, twice appearing on the cover of Ring Magazine’s Fighter of the Year as a two-time World Heavyweight Champion and being voted Boxer of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association. America…without a great deal of recognition in his country where “unlike Lewis Hamilton I live and pay taxes that rose to £9m last year”.
Fury is disappointed that the acclaim he receives in America is not reflected in his home country of the UK
There’s no flash on honor rolls either, despite being told that his inspirational mental health campaigns have saved thousands of lives.
He is equally astonished that Amir Khan has been similarly ignored “despite the British boxing revival and impressive philanthropic work in both Britain and Pakistan”.
Is anger angry? He says “no”. ‘Just disappointed.’ The way you are when someone close to you lets you down.
As with unsubstantiated claims that the Battle of Wilder has been pulled due to slowing ticket sales.
“Deontay and I set a new record for gate revenue in a heavyweight fight at the MGM Grand Garden in our second fight,” he recalls. “We were on our way to doing it again at the T-Mobile Arena, having already sold nearly 15,000 out of 19,000 tickets and none of the most expensive ringside seats left.”
As for suggestions he wanted to fight Wilder again, he says, “Deontay is the biggest and most dangerous punch in the world. So, even though the rest of his boxing isn’t quite up to it, I wouldn’t underestimate the dynamite in this tie.”
‘But SugarHill and I have worked for nine months to prove all these people wrong that I don’t push my weight.
“Unlike Lewis Hamilton, I live and pay taxes which rose to £9m last year,” Fury said.
Fury will reduce his back team to training in the run-up to the re-arranged game
He taught me to sit on punches and throw all my 6ft 9in on every big shot. So remember I crushed Wilder like 18 runaway wheels before. And he realized that at 36 he hadn’t improved much at all at that time. If something happens.’
So, what exactly was the reaction of the gypsy king when it was first said that this battle should be cancelled?
He answered by raising himself to his gigantic height and leading the staff and customers of one of the most famous steakhouses in the Gaza Strip into racy vocals for Ain’t That A Kick In The Head.
“I love Sinatra,” he said sitting down, and called another Heineken. ‘I love this song.’
But the promise is that when we return in October, it’ll give us an exciting rendering of another classic from Ol’ Blue Eyes: I Did It My Way songbook classics.