Billy Joe Saunders Reveals Previously Unknown Details About Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder 1

Published 02/07/2021, 3:01 AM EST
LOS ANGELES, USA – DECEMBER 01: Tyson Fury is knocked down during WBC Heavyweight Championship at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on December 01, 2018. (Photo by Philip Pacheco/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)


Not many people believed that Tyson Fury would return to boxing and take out Deontay Wilder, one of the scariest heavyweights ever, when the two were poised to fight for the first time in 2018. Coming off a three-year-long hiatus, Fury was completely out of shape. However, he worked his way to reach the top and showcased his grit in a historic clash with Wilder in their first fight.

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The super middleweight champion, Billy Joe Saunders, who trained alongside ‘The Gypsy King’, revealed some interesting insights from the fight camp. Despite both fighters being unbeaten, Fury and Wilder had major differences in their first fight camp.

Deontay Wilder was active at that point; Tyson Fury hadn’t fought for a long time. However, Fury had self-belief. and Saunders claimed that he believed in him.

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Speaking in an interview, the 168 lbs champion said, “A lot of people don’t know, when he (Fury) got the phone call to fight Wilder for the first time, he was out of shape, fat as a pig. His dad, his trainers, everybody was against it, said ‘no’… I said to him Tyson, you will beat him. Just don’t get hit with one of them big shots.”

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The fight turned out to be beneficial for Fury, who landed some significant strikes throughout and dominated Wilder for a brief period. However, he also had to taste Wilder’s “big shots”. ‘The Bronze Bomber’ connected a clean right hand in the final stage, which floored Tyson Fury. While many considered the fight over, Fury stood up and fought till the last bell to secure a draw.

BOLTON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 06: Tyson Fury works on a speedball during a training session at Team Fury Gym ahead of his fight with Dereck Chisora on November 6, 2014 in Bolton, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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What happened in Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder 2?

Following the first fight against Wilder, Fury faced Otto Wallin, and Tom Schwarz to rust himself off. He won both the fights and re-matched Wilder for the WBC title in 2020.

The rematch was a lopsided affair as Fury exhibited utter dominance from his end. He manhandled ‘The Bronze Bomber’ and stopped him via TKO in round seven. Having faced his maiden professional loss, Wilder also lost his WBC title.

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While a trilogy clash is relevant on record, none of the heavyweights has finalized the deal. In the coming days, we can expect it to happen and see whether Wilder can take his revenge.

While Tyson may have had a scant few believers in 2018, it’s safe to say that many more people will echo Saunders’ thoughts in the present day.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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