Heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder has double-downed on his belief that Tyson Fury cheated in their last encounter. (photo by Ryan Hafey)
Back in February of 2020, Fury dominated and stopped Wilder in seven rounds to capture the WBC title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
In the aftermath of that loss, Wilder made numerous allegations regarding the outcome – including a serious claim that Fury manipulated his gloves by loading them up with weights.
The two boxers will collide for a third time on July 24th, at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.
According to Wilder, he doesn’t trust his upcoming opponent. He believes Fury is already thinking of ways to cut corners in the fight.
“You think he ain’t gonna try to cheat this time? Oh they’re thinking, they’re coming up with a master plan. But my thing to him – man, you couldn’t even get me out on loaded gloves and the conditions I was under. You couldn’t knock me out, you didn’t knock me out,” Wilder said to 78SPORTSTV.
While the two boxers were very friendly in the leadup to their initial encounter in December 2018, which ended in a controversial twelve round split draw, they are far from friends as the third bout draws near.
This time around, Wilder is not only vowing to win – he wants to end Fury’s career for good.
“This [third fight] closes the chapter of me and Fury. My mind is very violent right now and I’m trying to end his career and other things as well. I’mma let you fill in the blank,” said Wilder.
Wilder made several changes to prepare for the third encounter, including the unexpected move to fire co-trainer Mark Breland and replace him with retired heavyweight Malik Scott.