Deontay Wilder Has No Intentions to Fight Tyson Fury for the Fourth Time: “This Closes the Chapter of Me and Fury”

Published 07/07/2021, 1:05 AM EDT


Long-time rivals Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will fight for a third time on July 24, 2021. With Deontay Wilder losing the WBC title in February 2020, he now has a shot at reclaiming a spot in the win column. However, Tyson Fury, who has his sights set on a potential mega unification bout against two-time unified world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, will look to seal the deal this time around.

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Recently, Deontay Wilder confirmed that this trilogy fight will be the last leg of his bitter rivalry with ‘The Gypsy King’. Wilder, who also accused Fury of cheating in their 2020 fight, believes that he will pack new tricks up his sleeve this time around as well. Despite this, the former WBC heavyweight champion seems confident ahead of the championship contest.

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Wilder has shared that he’s going to be a different fighter and a different man this time around.

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This [trilogy] closes the chapter of me and Fury. My mind is very violent right now and I’m trying to end his career – and other things as well, I’mma let you fill in the blank,” said Deontay Wilder.

Can Deontay Wilder bring something new to the table?

Apart from taking digs at Tyson Fury, Wilder has mostly kept to himself since his loss in February 2020. Even with no confirmation for the fight, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ had started his training camp in early 2020 with a new trainer, Malik Scott. Hence, has certainly has made the early preparations to correct any errors from the second fight.

In the first fight, Wilder showcased weak defense by letting his double guard down and eating Fury’s jabs as a direct consequence. Second, it seemed as if Wilder was constantly throwing haymakers in every round to knock him out at the earliest. Even though Wilder dropped Fury twice in the fight, ‘The Gypsy King’ was the better defensive fighter.

In the second fight, Fury showed more agility as he displayed world-class footwork and movement. He maintained explosive striking throughout. With no changes in Wilder’s defense approach, Fury dropped the Alabama native twice and wobbled him multiple times.

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In round 7, Fury cornered a fatigued Wilder and delivered a barrage of jabs to the face and hooks to the body. Referee Kenny Bayless had to stop the fight in round 7 as Wilder’s corner threw in the towel.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 22: Referee Kenny Bayless sends Deontay Wilder to his corner during the Heavyweight bout for Wilder’s WBC and Fury’s lineal heavyweight title against Tyson Fury on February 22, 2020 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

In both fights, Deontay Wilder has clearly been stiff with his movement and overall defense. However, his latest training videos suggest that there could be a different story this time around. In training, Deontay Wilder is evidently working on his head movement. He seems more active on his feet, more defense-oriented.

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An agile and defensive Deontay Wilder can prove to be a real problem for Tyson Fury.

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