Deontay Wilder Hints That Tyson Fury Used Covid as an Excuse

Published 09/15/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 02: WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and Lineal Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury face-off during the New York Press Conference at Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum on October 2, 2018 in New York City. Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury are set to fight on December 1 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)


Deontay Wilder isn’t ready to admit that Tyson Fury had actually contracted COVID-19, which led to the postponement of their trilogy fight from July to October 9. ‘The Bronze Bomber’ believes Fury wasn’t ready for the challenge and has been running away from him for a long time. Although Wilder had fallen prey to Fury’s in-ring prowess in February 2020, he still claims himself superior to ‘The Gypsy King’.

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Ahead of the trilogy fight, Deontay Wilder sat with 78 Sports TV and said, “I had some people to die of it (Covid-19) and to hear others using this as an excuse or anything else to get out of something. It’s just, it’s horrible man, you know. And may they burn in hell.”

“Because the dude [Tyson Fury] said he had Covid and the next minute, you see him in so many different places. It’s just ridiculous. You know he had been trying to run away from me since July of last year.”

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It wasn’t clear whether Fury or anyone from his team had contracted Covid-19 as ‘The Gypsy King’ continued to move around and meet his fans.

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That said, as Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury are finally scheduled to meet in a trilogy clash which can be their last battle against each other, there’s no running away at this point. Here’s a broader look into the heavyweight title fight.

Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder 3 – Heavyweight Slugfest

Putting his unbeaten tag and the WBC world title at stake, Tyson Fury seems the favorite over Deontay Wilder for this particular contest. The two will collide at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, jointly promoted by Top Rank, Queensberry, and PBC. That said, four more bouts have been added to the event, other than Fury vs Wilder in the headliner. Here’s the fight card.

Headliner:- Tyson Fury (C) vs Deontay Wilder – WBC heavyweight title fight

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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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