Tyson Fury has laid into his heavyweight rival Deontay Wilder after the announcement of his World Boxing Council heavyweight title rematch with the American.
‘The Gypsy King’ let loose in the United States ahead of their eagerly-anticipated Las Vegas blockbuster, irked by the fact that Wilder failed to show at media events over the weekend amid reports the Alabaman had been suffering from influenza.
The weekend involved huge viewing figures of more than 60 million watching American football play-off games on ESPN, who are airing the contest in the US. Both BT Sport and Sky Sports are in the running to screen the match-up in the UK.
Fury accused Wilder of being scared to be near him after refusing to attend any public appearances over the weekend.
“There’s no more ducking and diving,” said Fury. “The date has been set, and the ‘Bomb Squad’ is about to be securely detonated and the real champion crowned as the world watches on for the most anticipated fight in years.
“This is unfinished business for me, but come February 22, this dosser will finally get what’s coming to him, and I can’t wait!
“He’s not turned up to any of the media events. Blagging he’s got the flu because he doesn’t want to be in the same room as me because I’ll take him to school,” said Fury.
“His management team is afraid to put Deontay Wilder in the same room as Tyson Fury. Facts. Keep him away Al (Haymon, Wilder’s promoter). Keep him away Shelly (Finkel, Wilder’s co-manager). And Keep him away his trainer (Jay Deas). Keep him away his wife (Telli Swift). “Deontay, what a little b**** you’ve become,” added Fury. “You can’t even come and see me. Be face-to-face with me on camera because you’d be humiliated and took to school. Watch me knock out Deontay Wilder – AKA The Big Dosser.”
Fury has begun camp in the USA with a new trainer, Javan ‘Sugar’ Hill, the nephew of the late Boxing Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward, having parted ways with Ben Davison, who helped the British heavyweights shed 10st and find his mettle in the division after mental health issues.
The highly anticipated rematch between the two unbeaten heavyweights will be one of the sport’s showcase contests of 2020, after the first fight, a controversial split draw, in Los Angeles on December 1, 2018. In the fight Fury outboxed Wilder for round after round, but recovered from being dropped in the ninth and twelfth rounds, when he looked out for the count. But Fury’s miraculous recovery to regain his feet in the last round made it a heavyweight fight for the ages.