Deontay Wilder Claims He Felt Sorry for Tyson Fury: ‘He Was Broke’

Published 01/04/2021, 9:00 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 23: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder stands in the ring before the start of his title fight against Luis Ortiz at MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 23, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Wilder retained his title with a seventh-round knockout. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)


Former WBC champion, Deontay Wilder, ruled over the entire heavyweight division courtesy of a plethora of vicious knockouts until he suffered his maiden career defeat to Tyson Fury in February 2020. The loss ended his dominance and earned him criticism from all corners.

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However, Wilder is still relevant in the title picture and is one win away from reclaiming his top-spot. While the trilogy fight with Fury is a possibility, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ claims to have lifted Tyson Fury from his dark days.

If not for the Wilder fight, Fury would have remained without the one title missing from his collection. But a win against Wilder cemented him as the greatest heavyweight of this era.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 22: Tyson Fury knocks down Deontay Wilder in the fifth round during their Heavyweight bout for Wilder’s WBC and Fury’s lineal heavyweight title on February 22, 2020 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

That said, Deontay Wilder connected with Brian Custer to reveal how the fight with Fury landed up and why he favored ‘The Gypsy King’.

He said, “I lift this man up. This man (Tyson Fury) was in a worse situation in his life. He was in a time when he was contemplating about killing himself. You know he was at a time when he was broke and who lift him up?”

Deontay Wilder might have a point in that. But Fury clearly outclassed him in the rematch and rightfully grabbed the WBC strap. So, a trilogy can only settle the feud on a whole note.

Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury- The rivalry goes on

According to Wilder, Fury didn’t deserve the title shot and wasn’t lined up either. But it was him who offered the title shot, which seemingly changed Fury’s life for good reasons. Today, ‘The Gypsy King’ is the undisputed WBC heavyweight world champion and Wilder demanded credit for it.

Wilder said, “I didn’t have no obligations to fight him (Fury) but I looked that man in the face. I said, I am gonna give you a rematch, and I did that. I was a man of my word.”

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The trilogy fight was touted for a long time until Fury claimed to have moved on from Wilder. Both the contenders blamed each other for ducking the third fight, and it might not happen very soon as the Fury-Joshua fights are on the horizon. However, anything is possible in the world of boxing and the trilogy fight will always be on the cards.

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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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