“He Let the American People Down”- John Fury Belittles Deontay Wilder, Claims Anthony Joshua Is a Better Man

Published 10/03/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 23: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder celebrates after knocking out Luis Ortiz in the seventh round of their title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 23, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)


Deontay Wilder faced severe criticism for his horrific loss against Tyson Fury in February 2020. This increased after the excuses he made to justify the defeat. Now, even days before his shot at redemption, the criticism still follows him. With less than a week to go for the fight, John Fury, Tyson Fury’s father, believes Wilder’s behavior was a dent in the history of American boxing.

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In a chat with talkSPORT, John Fury said, “Bizarre is an understatement. He proved what a bad sport he is and he let the American people down with that behaviour.”

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“I’ve always looked up to the Americans – especially the boxing fraternity – and I’ve never seen behaviour like that from a champion.”

“I’ve had great respect for their champions, past and present, but he behaved like a spoilt kid who couldn’t believe his misfortune and couldn’t accept the situation he was in.”

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Akin to Wilder, heavyweight kingpin Anthony Joshua also lost his world titles. Despite going the distance, Joshua suffered a UD defeat, but he accepted the outcome wholeheartedly. As Wilder recently compared himself with ‘AJ’, John Fury had a response for that, too.

Criticizing Wilder, he said, “It put me off him as a man – he’s not a man. In the last interview they tried to compare him to AJ. No way. Look at how AJ is reacting now and compare it to him.”

Deontay Wilder: The brutal man inside and outside

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Despite all the allegations and hatred going around, Wilder hasn’t hesitated to reveal what he envisions about the upcoming fight. The knockout artist has vowed to resume his KO-streak by stopping Tyson Fury. But after a horrific defeat in the previous encounter, many people seem to doubt his claims.

Tyson Fury (left) and Deontay Wilder during the World Boxing Council World Heavy Title bout at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas. (Photo by Bradley Collyer/PA Images via Getty Images)

Tyson Fury has mastered himself in the game of boxing. He has one of the best movements in the heavyweight division. Although Wilder’s power could crack him in the 12 round of their first fight, ‘The Gypsy King’ has proven to have a response to everything Wilder has thrown at him. Hence, Deontay Wilder will have to push the limits this time.

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Ahead of the fight, the American camp is as confident as the British camp. Thus, the keenly awaited in-ring collision is what can finally help Wilder end all the criticism that has been coming his way. A defeat will only intensify it.

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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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