Deontay Wilder on Failed Fury-Joshua Negotiations: ‘I Would Look at It as a Coward Way of Trying to Move, Trying to Avoid Me’

Published 05/31/2021, 7:18 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 18: Deontay Wilder looks at the crowd and celebrates after knocking out Dominic Breazeale in the first round during their bout for Wilder’s WBC heavyweight championship at Barclays Center on May 18, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Anthony Geathers/Getty Images)


Former WBC champion Deontay Wilder has received a shot at his lost crown against Tyson Fury in a trilogy that could see him upset the odds and reclaim the division. The duo will box on July 24 in Las Vegas.

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This comes after ‘The Bronze Bomber’ accused the current WBC champion of trying to avoid him over the past few months. In a chat with 78SPORTSTV, Wilder exclusively addressed the scenario and talked about the failed Fury v Joshua fight.

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“I mean, you know, of course. I would look at it as a coward way of trying to move, trying to avoid me, you know, for what reason? You know, we know the reason he know the reasoning. But let him exist to the to the fans as watching right?” said Deontay Wilder.

He added, “I just want to be in a sport where I say I’m the best, they say the best. And the best want to fight the best. No matter what not turning the best, go around and try to fight the opposition will hire money. That’s robbing the fans. That’s robbing the people. I don’t want to rob the people.”

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While Wilder is eager to face Fury for one last time, he will have to contend with a lengthy spell of inactivity. He will also have to banish the demons of his previous performance.

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Following his sole career loss to Fury in February, Deontay Wilder became irrelevant for a long time. He blamed his head coach Mark Breland and his walkout costume for the loss. He also accused Tyson Fury of cheating.

Now, the former champion has joined hands with trainer Malik Scott. He has also won an arbitrary case to bag a fight against Tyson Fury over everyone. On claiming the win, Deontay Wilder will again be a world champion, further throwing a spanner in the works with regards to the heavyweight division’s undisputed showdown.

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However, a win for Fury will be a major setback for the American knockout elite. Fury has appeared confident about bagging the win and was already undergoing an active camp for Anthony Joshua. So it might not be hard for him to deal with Wilder. Nevertheless, Deontay Wilder is still a threat, and based on his comments, he appears hungry to beat Fury.

What do you make of Deontay Wilder’s statements on Tyson Fury?

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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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