Mike Tyson Questions Deontay Wilder’s Motivation Before the Tyson Fury Trilogy

Published 10/02/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 17: Deontay Wilder looks on during his official weigh-in against Dominic Breazeale at LIU Athletic Center on May 17, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)


On October 9, Deontay Wilder will storm into the boxing ring for the biggest and perhaps the most important fight of his career against Tyson Fury. The pair will lock horns for the third time and will look to settle their rivalry, which has been going on for years. More than anyone else, this fight is vital for the ex-champ, as his entire career relies on this bout.

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That said, he’s in an optimistic mindset for this epic clash and is truly motivated to get over the line this time.

However, Mike Tyson recently questioned Wilder’s motivation. In conversation with Es News, he said, “Oh, that’s gonna be good. But you know, I like Wilder. I think that’s what I’ve been hearing. Is he going in there to win or is he going in there for a big payday?” 

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Wilder capitulated to a loss against Fury in February 2020. This was the second time when the Alabama native couldn’t get his hand raised inside the ring (he had a draw against Fury in their first fight). ‘The Gypsy King’ brutalized him, thus concluding the fight in round 7.

That fight ignited the fiery Deontay Wilder, and he remained eager to book a trilogy with ‘The Gypsy King’. That said, after much rigmarole, his fight with Fury is finally set for October 9.

Wilder has definitely worked hard in getting his best version on for this fight. But all his hard work will go in vain if he again loses against the Briton.

How can Deontay Wilder beat Tyson Fury?

Wilder, in his second fight against Fury, exhibited poor defense and overall head movements. He also failed to maintain his guard and ended up getting hit multiple times on the chin.

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That said, if he wishes to turn the tables in a rematch, Wilder will have to come in with an elite defense.

Watch this story – Biggest Cash Grabs of Deontay Wilder In and Out of the Boxing Ring

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He undeniably has the power to stun any and every opponent thrown in front of him. But if he comes in with more variations in his punches coupled with his defense, needless to say, Wilder might have a memorable night on October 9.

Do you think Wilder will win this time? What do you make of Tyson’s comments?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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