Deontay Wilder is a strange artist. In the midst of hype of Anthony Joshua’s comeback fight, Tyson Fury has made a claim.
Deontay Wilder believes he knocked out Tyson Fury in their first bout of 2018.
Deontay Wilder, the former heavyweight boxing champion, has bizarrely put his knockout of Tyson Fury during their first fight three years ago on a list of his “coldest knockouts,” despite the fact that no such knockout has ever occurred. In their 2018 fight in Los Angeles, Wilder dropped Fury twice in rounds seven and twelve, but the ‘Gypsy King’ recovered on both occasions to earn a split decision draw.
When the pair revived their rivalry in February of last year, the Brit came out on top in emphatic manner, putting on an entirely overpowering performance to win in the seventh round when Wilder’s trainer Mark Breland was forced to retire.
Fury won the WBC heavyweight title, putting him one step closer to a unification bout with Anthony Joshua, which is getting closer to being finalized.
Despite failing to knock out Fury, Wilder has claimed that he did, and has even ranked his two close calls as among his career’s best performances.
“Bermane Stiverne 2.” Wilder told ESNews when questioned about his “coldest knockouts.” It was insane how I transformed there, how I had an out-of-body experience. Another was [Artur] Szpilka.
“And then there were the two knockouts with Fury, because I definitely knocked him out. It was fantastic, but I didn’t receive credit.”
Wilder’s strange remark is the latest in a series of increasingly implausible assertions about his battles with Fury.
The American has already claimed that his defeat last year was due to foul play, claiming that his opponent’s corner had inserted weights to his gloves.
He’s also claimed that a rogue member of his coaching team drugged his drink, and that the outfit he wore to the ring was excessively thick, weighing him down to the point where he couldn’t fight properly.
Due to a contract provision, Wilder was thought to have been able to force a trilogy fight with Fury, but it looks that he will have to wait until the Manchester-based fighter had faced Joshua first.
Before facing Fury, the big-punching Alabama native said earlier this month that he may face Joshua or Andy Ruiz Jr in a warm-up fight. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”