Ex-boxing champ Deontay Wilder accused WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury of cheating earlier this year when the two men met in a rematch for Wilder’s WBC belt and Fury’s lineal heavyweight championship. Fury stopped Wilder in a one-sided beating that ended after Wilder was dropped twice in the fight and appeared to be on his way to dangerous territory.
The two fighters seemed to be on their way to a contractually obligated third fight over the summer before the COVID-19 pandemic threw a wrench in the system that eventually led to Fury seeking to get back into the ring against someone other than Wilder in December.
Wilder had remained silent about that move until the 35-year-old American posted a video on social media on Saturday accusing Fury of cheating in both fights, the 12-round split-draw back in 2018 and the seventh-round stoppage win for Fury in 2020.
“I highly believe you put something hard in your glove, something the size and the shape of an egg-weight,” Wilder said. “It’s the reason why the side of my face swelled up in an egg-weight form and it left a dent in my face as well.”
You can watch Wilder’s video below.
You can read a transcript of Wilder’s video below:
The bible tell us that silence is golden, but my ears can still hear and my eyes can still see. The bible also tells us to be swift to hear and slow to speak. You see, what you don’t understand thief, what you did is what my people deal with all the time, someone cheating them from providing their greatness to the world. But it’s a burden that we cut off only to make us stronger. I saw in the first fight when Ricky Hatton was pulling down your gloves that you put your fist in the improper position. Y’all tried the same method the second time, but this time you scratched flesh out of my ears which caused my ears to bleed. It’s impossible for a brand-new 10-ounce glove to bend, to keep a smushed-in form…I highly believe you put something hard in your glove, something the size and the shape of an egg-weight. It’s the reason why the side of my face swelled up in an egg-weight form and it left a dent in my face as well. But in the midst of it all, you still couldn’t keep this king down. You would’ve had to kill me. In the end, it took a crap in the bucket referred and a disloyal trainer to throw the towel in just to stop me…Payback is coming.
Among the biggest revelations in the video are that Wilder believes Fury loaded his gloves in both fights somehow with “egg-weights”, that Wilder turned down more money to fight Anthony Joshua back in 2018 in a superfight that would have crowned the first undisputed heavyweight champion in boxing since Lennox Lewis, and that Wilder still appears to have a massive dent in the side of his head from his last fight.
Wilder Still Wants Third Fight Against Fury
Despite accusing Fury of cheating in both fights, Wilder still wants a third fight. Wilder also used his Twitter platform to appeal to Fury’s sense of fairness about making the third fight happen.
Wilder posted, “@Tyson_Fury it is time for you to be a man and honor your agreement. What is this bulls*** of you fighting Carlos Takam instead of me, you got to be kidding…”.
Wilder continued by reminding Fury that he gave the British fighter a chance at competing for his title after the 32-year-old came back from the depths of addiction and depression.
“When you were going through your darkest time, I told you that if you got yourself together I would give you a title shot. Being a man of my word, I gave you the title shot…,” Wilder posted.
“When that fight was a draw, I told you that I would give you a rematch. You know I was offered more money to fight Joshua than I was getting to fight you. Again being a man of my word, I fought you like I said I would…,” Wilder posted.
Finally, Wilder believes the rematch agreement should still be honored.
“In the rematch agreement, there was a rematch clause. Now it is time for you to be a man and honor your word, instead of trying to weasel out of our agreement. Scared people run but a scary man will break his contract you coward Azz B**čh!” Wilder posted.
You can read all Wilder’s tweets below.
Boxing World Reacts to Wilder’s Accusations
The boxing community on Twitter didn’t seem to be on Wilder’s side about the content of his posts. The Athletic’s Mike Coppinger noted Wilder had essentially just gone with the Internet conspiracy theory about why he lost the fight despite their being no actual evidence. Coppinger also pointed out Wilder’s jab at ex-trainer Mark Breland, who Wilder called “disloyal” for stopping the fight.
Unified 140-pound champion Josh Taylor called Wilder’s video the “cringiest thing” he had “ever seen and heard coming out of a fighter’s mouth after a defeat”.
TalkSport’s Michael Benson took an hour to process the whole thing and was still at a loss for words.
Promoter Eddie Hearn honed in solely on the part about Wilder admitting he was offered the Joshua fight. Hearn promotes Joshua, so the stark change in narrative from Wilder about that fight never happening was probably something he was happy to see.
Fury didn’t immediately reply back to Wilder, but he had already responded to the loaded gloves theory back in June.
Fury said, “This is just a quick video to address all this foul play talk from Deontay Wilder and his team,” Fury said. “I just read an article saying that I might have had some blunt objects in my gloves. Yeah, two…275 pound destroyers [Fury’s fists] in each glove. So yeah getting punched on the temple may do that to you.”
You can read more about that here.
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