Who will emerge victorious in Fury/Wilder 2

By February 20, 2020
Leighton Levy

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    Tyson Fury feels Deontay Wilder's motivation to fight him for a third time comes down to the lucrative purse on offer.

    After a dramatic draw in the first bout between the pair in December 2018, Fury was crowned WBC heavyweight champion when he convincingly defeated Wilder six weeks ago.

    The American's corner threw in the towel in the seventh round and the victor is surprised a third bout is on the cards.

    Fury ultimately believes Wilder has taken the option to fight again due to money, rather than a real desire to come up against him once more.

    "I was surprised [he took a third bout] because it was a one-sided fight," Fury said to talkSPORT.

    "He didn't win a second of that second fight, but in this game it's a short game and a short career, and there's an old saying, 'We've gotta make hay while the sun shines.'

    "And for Deontay Wilder at the age of 34, how many big fights out there are left for him after a domination like he had?

    "So I understand where he's coming from. I understand that he has probably got a lot of bills to pay.

    "I don't know the man's personal circumstances, but from what I've seen of these American fighters and sportsmen, they always live a rock star's lifestyle, even though they are not rock stars.

    "They go through a lot of money quite quickly. Just look at Mike Tyson, he went through like a billion dollars. So I'm sure that the money side of it is the tempting thing.

    "I don't think it's too tempting to go in there and get an absolute beating like he did before, but he would be tempted by the amount of money that he would receive.

    "I think that's the reason he's taking the fight, for the money."

    Fury was frustrated by what Wilder brought to the table for their rematch after putting himself through a gruelling training camp.

    "To be honest I was quite disappointed in the challenge that Wilder brought because I did train for 12 rounds at any pace," he said.

    "I put myself through hell and back for 10 weeks in the training camp and I prepared for the best fighter on the planet, for the most vicious puncher on the Earth that there's ever been.

    "Maybe all the excuses he made, some of them were true. Maybe his legs were sore from the costume, maybe he did have the flu, maybe he did have a broken arm or a bone in his back or whatever.

    "I'm not sure because that wasn't the Deontay Wilder that I prepared for. That wasn't the animal I put myself through all those hours in training for.

    "From what I'm seeing, if that's the best out there, then I'm not gonna get the worthy challengers that I crave."

  • Showman Parker up for Fury collaboration after strutting his stuff in quarantine Showman Parker up for Fury collaboration after strutting his stuff in quarantine

    Joseph Parker is open to a musical collaboration with Tyson Fury and swinging his hips rather than fists when he retires from boxing after packing a punch on social media.

    Parker's boxing revival is on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the former world heavyweight champion has showed he has plenty of strings to his bow during lockdown.

    The New Zealander attempted to lift the gloom by starring in uplifting videos while in quarantine, first showing off his moves in a recreation of the 'Dancing Prime Minister' scene from the film Love Actually.

    Parker then strutted his stuff while lip-syncing to The Foundations' smash hit Build Me up Buttercup, also demonstrating his prowess with a guitar and on the piano.

    WBC champion Fury, five-time Indycar Series champion Scott Dixon and legendary ring announcer Michael Buffer were among the other high-profile stars to feature in that video from the comfort of their own homes.

    Parker is not ruling out providing the instrumentals if Fury breaks into another post-fight sing-song and could make being so light on his feet pay when he hangs up his gloves.

    He told Stats Perform: "Maybe for one of his [Fury] fights I could play an instrument and he could sing after the fight, that might be a bit of fun.

    "I love to dance, I play music around the house and dance and sing. Just as with boxing, you have to have good rhythm when you are dancing. Maybe after my boxing career I can do something with dancing, who knows."

    Parker said there could be more feel-good footage to come as he tries to put smiles on faces during such difficult times.

    He added: "I work with Kerry Russell, who does the videography and editing, he has some great ideas. 

    "At the start of isolation, it was something new and strange and a lot of people were down about what was happening. We wanted to put smiles on faces and give people something to laugh at.

    "The goal was to make people smile, we achieved that and it also makes us smile, it makes us happy that people are able to brighten up their day.

    "At the moment we are not working on anything. Once we get ideas into our heads, we'll give it a go.

    "People are expecting big things now with the videos, funny or feel good. At the moment nothing, but hopefully something comes into mind soon. I

    "In times like this, I feel if we post something it should be quality over quantity. Something that uplifts, or something to brighten your day and take your mind away from what is happening."

  • Coronavirus: Tyson Fury vows to emerge from 'horror movie' as a different person Coronavirus: Tyson Fury vows to emerge from 'horror movie' as a different person

    Tyson Fury feels the coronavirus pandemic is like a horror movie but one positive has been how it has changed his perspective on life.

    WBC heavyweight champion Fury feels the time spent at home due to the proliferation of COVID-19 has helped him to focus on what matters most.

    The unbeaten fighter hopes the experience will make a permanent change to his outlook after he previously got restless when he was not out seeking new accomplishments.

    "It is like something off one of those horror movies," he said to talkSPORT.

    "It is real and we have to face up to it and listen to the government. The more people stay in, the more the virus will go away.

    "You can take positives out of every negative, and the positive I can take out of this one is that I get to spend a lot more time with my family. People are really realising now what's important in life.

    "Sometimes we get lost in the ride of life, thinking about our ambitions and everything – and we forget about the really important things – families, friends, loved-ones, health.

    "It has awoken me because I was one of those people who fell victim to that, always chasing stuff and always wanting to do big things, I was never happy sitting at home and I wanted to go out and be active.

    "In the couple of weeks I've been locked down I've had time to focus on the things that really matter in my life. I think I'll come back a different person and I think I'll have a different mindset."

    Fury's third fight against Deontay Wilder, originally expected to take place in July, has been delayed until October at the earliest due to coronavirus.

    "The world is in a very uncertain way at the moment and the last thing people are focusing on is boxing or sport – I'm not really thinking about boxing or Wilder or anybody," added Wilder.

    "It seems a lifetime ago that I did my job and went out with the fans, to come back and have 10 days at home and then the whole world stopped."

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