Deontay Wilder will attempt to defend his WBC title for the eleventh time. To put that in perspective it’s more than Mike Tyson achieved. He’ll fight Tyson Fury in a highly-anticipated rematch at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s the biggest boxing match of the year.
The last time the pair fought it went to a draw in controversial circumstances. Most people think Fury totally outpointed Wilder but the ‘Bronze Bomber’ got two brutal knockdowns to keep his belt. Redemption is on the minds of both men coming into this clash.
Both men faced off before their final press conference. But emotions overflowed between the two of them. After calling each other names they started shoving each other. First of all, why wasn’t there any security on that stage? That’s what’s confusing us more than anything. Check out the footage below. Who do you think will win this fight?
I'm honestly shocked there wasn't a promoter or some level of security involved at this press conference face off from the get. Emotions are running high, lots on the line. Doesn't take much for things to get out of hand. Thankfully this wasn't that bad.pic.twitter.com/gyTqkHrgzN
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) February 19, 2020
Wilder and Fury stepped onto the stage with their entourages. Fury, wearing sunglasses, a dark cap, and a white coat, warned the media to keep back because he didn’t want to catch a cold from them. It’s worth noting the difference in demeanor between the two men. ‘The Gypsy King’ appeared more calculating and calm as he tried to antagonize a more emotional Wilder.
This could bode well for Fury who is still the lineal heavyweight champion after beating Wladimir Klitschko back in 2015. If he can get into Wilder’s head it may blind the Alabama fighter on the night. Or make him finish it quicker with his ferocious knockout power.
— Coral Barry (@Coral__Barry) February 19, 2020
The pair didn’t hold back with the insults. They used the full range of gangster vocabulary calling each other every name under the sun. Standing barely a couple of inches from each other, you could cut the tension with a knife. It seemed like it could kick off at any minute.
‘When I found you, you were strung out on coke,’ Wilder said. You were contemplating suicide. So don’t you ever tell me you brought me to big-time boxing. I brought you to big-time boxing.’
Tell us how you really feel Wilder. The commentator called for the two men to sit down but they obviously weren’t going to listen to him. As we said, there definitely should have been some security up there because there is so much on the line for both men.
Fury reiterated his desire to get a finish this time out. He doesn’t want to leave it in the hands of the judges after what happened last time. It’s worth noting that the judge who did score it in his favor hasn’t been ringside since. It’s a sad fact but corruption and boxing go hand in hand. If he wants to win, he’ll need to be absolutely dominant. Fury said:
“I’m not bothered about the judges. I’ve no objection to the American officials. They’re very experienced and top quality. I’d not even asked who they were going to appoint. But I won’t risk putting it in the judges’ hands again.”
That seems like a wise decision.