Eddie Hearn On Deontay Wilder: “If He Can’t Show That Power Then He’s Irrelevant”
By: Hans Themistode
For the most part, promoter Eddie Hearn simply couldn’t understand what everyone was talking about. Sure former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder was winning, but the manner in which he was doing was so was vastly unimpressive to the long-time headman over at Matchroom.
To Hearn, Wilder’s saving grace always has and always will be his devastating power. However, as illustrated in his last fight against Tyson Fury, that vaunted power doesn’t mean a thing if it doesn’t land.
“Without his power, I don’t even think he would be registered on the world-class scene,” said Hearn during an interview with Fight Hub TV. “He does have tremendous power. But, in my opinion, the only way he wins is to detonate that power against an elite heavyweight. If you look at the second Luis Ortiz fight, he lost every round but he showed the power. If he can’t show that power then he’s irrelevant in the fight against a brilliant fighter. Fury was too smart for him.”
Wilder, of course, stopped Ortiz in the seventh round of their 2019 contest but was ultimately knocked out in the seventh against Tyson Fury the following year.
Since then, Wilder has chastised his now former co-trainer Mark Breland for stopping their contest and ripped apart referee Kenny Bayless for his alleged preferential treatment of Fury on the night.
Without a fight date, Wilder’s return to the ring is an open-ended question. But while many have no idea if or when, he will return at all, Hearn hopes that he does in fact comeback.
“I hope so. He’s brilliant for the sport, great for the game. He’s a good self-promoter, great talker, really exciting and a huge puncher. I just don’t think he’s very good.”
At no point has Wilder ever been confused with Floyd Mayweather. In short, the Alabama native isn’t known for his boxing ability. But even at the peak of his powers, Hearn always believed that unified heavyweight titlist Anthony Joshua would handle Wilder convincingly.
Unfortunately however, both sides could never come to terms on a fight agreement. In Hearn’s opinion, Wilder had a much better chance of defeating Joshua several years ago. Now, on the other hand, Hearn believes Wilder would simply be wiped out.
“I’ve always felt that AJ (Anthony Joshua) would just destroy him and even more so now. He’s technically so good now that Wilder wouldn’t even get his shot off. AJ used to be reckless and when you’re reckless, you’re always wide open to the shot. But now, AJ would take his time and pick him apart.”
Mark Breland On Deontay Wilder: “His Career Is Done Now”
By: Hans Themistode
For years it was the same script for Deontay Wilder. The long-standing heavyweight champion would saunter his way to the ring, box unconventionally and eventually detonate a right hand on his opponent that would end the night in his favor. Yet, following his second contest with Tyson Fury in February of 2020, Wilder was the one who found himself on the wrong end of a knockout loss.
Shortly after his defeat, Wilder went on his social media account and proclaimed that the war between himself and Fury was only just beginning and that he would once again rise to the top. Wilder’s former trainer in Mark Breland on the other hand, believes that Wilder’s career is done and over with.
“His career is done now,” said Breland during an interview with The Fight is Righ1. “I’m done and he’s done.”
Breland, of course, helped guide Wilder’s career over the years and played an enormous role in leading the Alabama native to the world title in 2015. While their relationship appeared to be built on a solid foundation, the moment Wilder lost his title to Fury, the former titlist lashed out at Breland before ultimately letting him go.
Wilder’s issue with Breland stemmed from the long time trainer throwing in the towel during his seventh-round stoppage defeat to Fury. On the night in question, Breland took his normal seat in the corner of Wilder and watched as his man was beaten mercilessly round by round.
After witnessing Wilder hit the deck in both the third and fifth rounds, Breland waved the white flag as to prevent his star from receiving further punishment. While many believed Breland did the right thing, Wilder was apoplectic. To the Alabama product, he would have much rather been knocked unconscious as opposed to having their contest end the way it did. Wilder essentially pinned the loss to Fury on the shoulders of Breland, claiming he was bribed and spiked his drinking water amongst other things.
Although he was mostly mum on Wilder’s scathing accusations, Breland believes that the body of work he has put forth throughout the course of his life has done all of the needed talking for him.
“So many people know me. My character speaks for itself,” explained Breland. “Spiked the water? If you’re looking at the tapes, someone else is giving him the water. Only foolish people come out with stuff like that because it’s crazy.”
Regardless of who was right or wrong, both sides have parted ways for good. In the case of Breland, he continues to stay around the sport of boxing and works with other up and coming fighters looking to make a name for themselves. For Wilder, he’s pushed forward in his attempt to secure a third showdown with Fury, something that has been unsuccessful thus far.
Although the former WBC belt holder is confident in his ability to eventually regain a spot amongst the elite of the heavyweight division, Breland believe’s that he is simply a one-trick pony and only time will tell if his explosive right hand will allow him to recapture another world title.
“One thing you all say is, he’s got a lot of power and that’s all. Only got power and we’ll see how far that takes him.”
Dillian Whyte Still Wants Deontay Wilder: “It’s A Big Fight And A Fight That I Would Like At Some Point”
By: Hans Themistode
In the sport of boxing, it’s seldom that the trash talking and physical threats are taken seriously. The reasoning is simple, either someone has what you want or, the fighters are attempting to drum up interest in their inevitable showdown.
In the case of heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte and his continual call outs of former WBC titlist Deontay Wilder, he merely wanted what Wilder had.
“It was the belt and not personal,” said Whyte during an interview with Ak and Barak, “But obviously the energy is different.”
For Whyte (27-2, 18 KOs), the motivation to face Wilder is still high, however, it isn’t quite the same.
After spending years chasing the long-standing heavyweight champion, Whyte’s jaw hit the deck once he saw Wilder dominated and knocked out by Tyson Fury in late February just last year. While the defeat was surprising, Whyte found it somewhat ironic that Wilder lost the very title the British native has been pursuing his entire career.
“He was trying to make me wait for years and he did but then he ended up losing it.”
With Wilder now beltless, a showdown between the pair has lost a bit of its luster. With that being said, if a contract with Wilder’s name was presented to him, he would still sign without a moment’s hesitation.
“It’s a big fight and a fight that I would like at some point.”
While Whyte normally enjoys discussing his endless possibilities, he is fully aware that he still has work to do.
In what was originally thought to be a walk in the park matchup against Alexander Povetkin, the British native quickly found out that it would be one of the worst nights of his life. After dominating the first four rounds during their August showdown, including two knockdowns, Whyte appeared to be on his way to closing the show in the very next round.
Those thoughts, of course, never quite came to fruition as Povetkin turned the entire fight around with one left uppercut which ended Whyte’s 11 fight win streak. Now, after being forced to wait for Povetkin to recover from COVID-19, the two will run things back on March 6th.
Having had the time to look back at his knockout loss, Whyte offers no excuses. Instead, he simply tipped his cap to the Russian product.
“Povetkin is a serious dude. I was beating him up and dominating and lost concentration for a second and that was all she wrote you know.”
Bob Arum: “Tyson Fury Has Said To Me That Not Today, Not Tomorrow And Not Ever Will He Fight Wilder After What Wilder Said To Him”
By: Hans Themistode
Former WBC heavyweight belt holder Deontay Wilder is still working behind the scenes as he attempts to get Tyson Fury into the ring for a third time. After settling for a controversial draw in their first showdown in December of 2018, Fury closed the door definitively on their rivalry with a seventh-round knockout win in February of 2020.
Since then, Wilder has attempted to enforce a mandated third contest between them. However, due to lingering injuries as well as a worldwide pandemic, their trilogy has been pushed back on several occasions. Now, according to promoter Bob Arum and team Fury, the time has run out as their contract has reportedly expired.
Still, that hasn’t stopped the former long time titleholder from pursuing one final showdown. At the moment, both men are entangled in mediations over the possibility of a third contest. Despite both parties sitting down to hash things out, Wilder has apparently placed his foot in his mouth.
Several months ago, the Alabama native released a seething rant that pointed the finger directly at Fury. Claiming that the Gypsy product cheated during their second matchup. With time to dissect exactly what Wilder accused him of, Fury has decided that he will never share the ring with him again. No matter the circumstances.
“There was mediation over Christmas and New Years,” said promoter Bob Arum during a recent interview with Barbershop Conversations. “I don’t know, maybe the mediator will be able to solve the situation but we have a real problem. Tyson Fury has said to me and the mediator that not today, not tomorrow and not ever will he ever fight Wilder after what Wilder said to him. He regards it as a slur not only against him but against the Gypsy nation.”
While Fury is completely uninterested in sharing the ring with Wilder again, he feels the complete opposite about current unified heavyweight titlist, Anthony Joshua. With the two British stars in possession of every single heavyweight world title, the pair are locked in intense negotiations to determine who will become the first undisputed heavyweight belt holder since Lennox Lewis accomplished the feat in 1999.
For Wilder, the surly knockout artist refuses to be left in the cold. But while he continues to fulminate over why he should be given one more opportunity, Arum believes that the decision is solely up to Fury.
With a two-fight deal against Joshua reportedly nearly complete, Arum is under the impression that an undisputed title fight will be next for his heavyweight star. And whether he likes it or not, Arum is convinced that neither Wilder nor his legal team will be able to stop it.
“The idea of anybody stopping the Fury vs Joshua fight just can’t happen.”
Anthony Joshua: “None Of These Guys Live In My Head Anymore, They All Know Where To Find Me”
By: Hans Themistode
No matter how intimidating Anthony Joshua seemed on the outside, it didn’t take much to get under his skin. The surly knockout artist from Britain always found himself the topic of conversation, and more times than not, what was said about him wasn’t very flattering.
For the most part, Joshua has faced just about everyone at the top of the heavyweight division. Yet, it didn’t matter if he cruised to a unanimous decision victory over Joseph Parker or whether he nearly decapitated Dillian Whyte, the naysayers were always present.
By and large, Joshua managed to let the disparaging words roll off his broad back. But there were plenty of times where he engaged in the back and forth rhetoric. Now though, the current unified heavyweight titlist could care less what his peers have to say about him.
“None of these guys live in my head anymore,” said Joshua during an interview with Chris Mannix. “With all of that stuff Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder last year, it was like they both came together to say I’m the weak link in the division. Back then I was always trying to back myself but now it doesn’t matter.”
Talks of facing either Wilder or Fury still engulfs many of his conversations but at the moment, Joshua is just a few hours away from taking on IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev. Although Pulev isn’t considered much of a threat to truncate the British native’s reign, considering Joshua’s last opponent who was thought of in the same vein, he isn’t taking his man lightly.
In June of 2019, Joshua would walk into his contest against heavy underdog Andy Ruiz Jr. as a 25-1 favorite. Unless you are completely oblivious to the sport of boxing, the outcome of their contest was well-chronicled as Joshua was dropped four times and later stopped in the seventh.
Since then, the 31-year-old managed to win back his titles six months later in Saudi Arabia with a one-sided victory over Ruiz Jr. Thoughts of overlooking Pulev, who is on an eight-fight win streak himself, just isn’t on the mind of Joshua. So while Pulev has his undivided attention, Joshua is well aware that his immediate future will involve a showdown with either Fury or Wilder.
Coming to terms with either man has proven to be more difficult than he originally thought. With that being said, he won’t chase them. When the dust settles on his showdown with Pulev, Joshua has offered both Fury and Wilder to reach out to him, something he believes is easy to do.
“When Fury is ready he knows where to find me. When Wilder is ready he knows where to find me. They all know where to find me.”
Deontay Wilder: “You Can See Me Back In The Ring Sometime In The first Week Of January, The Latest, Early February”
By: Hans Themistode
Deontay Wilder has been both uncharacteristically quiet outside of the ring, and inactive inside of it.
The former WBC heavyweight belt holder was last seen inside of a boxing ring earlier this year in February. Unlike the vast majority of his career in which he was able to produce an eye-catching knockout, Wilder found himself on the wrong end of one.
With a worldwide pandemic slowing down his comeback process, as well as a legal battle with Fury to enforce what he believes is a mandated third fight, Wilder has stood on the sidelines.
With that being said, he doesn’t plan on staying there much longer.
“You can see me back in the ring sometime in the first week of January,” said Wilder to Brian Custer on The Last Stand podcast. “The latest, early February. We’re looking through opponents now. We’re not going sit around and wait on no coward that has an obligation to fulfill but ran away from it. We gotta get back in the ring. I have a lot of fans that’s looking forward to me stepping back in the ring and doing what I do best.”
Although the now 34-year-old Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) would love to settle the score with Fury, it appears as though he is moving on. The road to winning another world title could be near impossible at the moment though. Anthony Joshua, the only other heavyweight titlist, is solely fixated on his mandatory title challenger in Kubrat Pulev and has said on numerous occasions that once he dispatches of him on December 12th, that he will place all of his attention on an undisputed showdown with Tyson Fury.
Wilder may find himself out of the championship mix in the immediate future, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a long list of contenders that he wants to make his comeback against.
“Dillian Whyte, I want Dillian Whyte and Dillian Whyte,” said Wilder when asked to choose his next opponent. “Dude upsets me man. He acts like we went together and we had a bad break up and he can’t get over me. Ruiz would be one on the list. As far as hype, Helenius could be another one. You got the Parkers and Usyk, I would love to fight him.”
Deontay Wilder Back Tracks From Previous Costume Claims: “It had a little weight on it, But It wasn’t enough to cause me to not have my legs”
By: Hans Themistode
For Deontay Wilder, losing was never an option. The six-foot-six-inch former heavyweight titlist felt he was unbeatable in the ring. Yet, after seven one sided rounds earlier this year against Tyson Fury, the Alabama native found his aura of invincibility shattered.
Following the loss, Wilder offered an explanation as to why he stumbled across the ring for most of their contest and hit the deck on multiple occasions.
“My uniform was way too heavy for me,” said Wilder shortly after his defeat. “I didn’t have no legs from the beginning of the fight. In the third round, my legs were just shot all the way through. It weighed 40-some pounds with the helmet and all the batteries. I tried my best but I knew I didn’t have the legs because of my uniform.”
Wilder’s excuse for the lone defeat in his career was viewed as erroneous and nonsensical, yet, he stuck to his guns. Recently however, with more time to reflect on his defeat, Wilder is now back-peddling from his original thought process.
“That wouldn’t have been the case,” said Wilder to Brian Custer on The Last Stand Podcast when asked if he believed his costume cost him his world title. “I’m not excusing the costume. It had a little weight on it but it wasn’t enough weight to make me feel the way I felt in that ring. It wasn’t enough to cause me to not have my legs. It’s like having sex and going to have basketball.”
Wilder’s recent dismissal of his costume costing him both his unblemished record and his world title doesn’t mean he believes he lost fair and square. On the contrary, the Alabama native is under the belief that Fury pulled off a sly move or two and if you don’t believe him, just look at his track record.
“He cheated,” said an exasperated Wilder. “He flat out cheated. That wasn’t the best man, that was a coward. He’s a known cheater. We can go back to the rap sheet of his history, even with the Klitschko fight. He definitely wasn’t the better man.”
In November of 2015, Fury pulled off what many thought to be impossible when he dethroned long standing unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko who’s reign lasted nearly a decade. Fury’s victory was short-lived though as he failed multiple drug tests for cocaine use, and would later admit to his transgressions.
Both Fury and Wilder were drug tested during the build up of their contest. That however, hasn’t stopped Fury from cheating according to Wilder. The 34-year-old isn’t accusing his rival of taking a banned substance though. Instead, Wilder believes he used other methods to pull off the victory and claims to have a mountain of evidence to back his claims.
“I still haven’t heard valid proof of how gloves keep a smushed in form. How a glove flap all the way back? Why is your hands in the bottom of the glove? Why did my ear have scratches in it? It was because of your nails. There are so many facts and different proof that we have.”
Those bullet points, along with what Wilder believes was disloyalty from his now fired co-trainer Mark Breland, has left wilder fuming.
Just a few weeks ago, after spending several months sequestered from social media, Wilder posted a video placing the blame squarely at the feet of both Fury and Breland. The former trainer’s role in his truncated championship reign is believed to be through his water. Wilder is under the assumption that Breland spiked his drink which ultimately led to his unstable legs and lack of aggression. Since then, the boxing public has pushed back on his claims, believing that they are ludicrous and unfounded.
Despite the push back, Wilder won’t waste his time fulminating with those who don’t agree with what he believes is the truth.
“When I took my costume off you seen my eyes bugging. Over these five years of people seeing me fight they know when I’m ready and when I’m not. When people seen my face people were saying something was wrong with him. A lot of people just don’t want to believe because they don’t want to.”
Bob Arum Responds To Deontay Wilder’s Cheating Claim: “He’s Mimicking Donald Trump, In Other Words, He’s Lying”
By: Hans Themistode
Since suffering a brutal loss in his last ring appearance at the hands of Tyson Fury, the normally loquacious Deontay Wilder had been uncharacteristically quiet.
That however, changed when the former WBC heavyweight titlist dropped a bombshell on the boxing world. During a video that was posted on Wilder’s social media accounts, the Alabama native stood before a camera in a dark room and began castigating Fury, his former co trainer Mark Breland and referee Kenny Bayless.
On the night in question, Wilder was thoroughly beaten down by Fury. He found himself on the canvas on several occasions which ultimately led to his stoppage defeat in the seventh round. After hearing Wilder’s claims, 88 year old Bob Arum believes that it’s absolutely bull shit from top to bottom.
“We haven’t heard a lot from Wilder so he’s been watching television. All I can say about his Instagram post is that he’s mimicking Donald Trump. In other words, he’s lying and come up with conspiracy theories, other than putting the blame on yourself.”
Arum, of course, had first row seats to witness his British heavyweight titlist dish out the beating of a lifetime to Wilder on February 22nd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. At no point did Wilder appear to be fully in the contest. Fury came out aggressive in the opening rounds. The results came in the form of two knockdowns in the third and fifth rounds. As Wilder’s team sat back and watched their man take big shot after big shot, assistant trainer and former welterweight champion Mark Breland couldn’t stomach it any longer and threw in the white towel.
Noticing his defeat enraged Wilder to no end and the Alabama product finally split ways with him due to his decision. Arum seemed to take extreme offense to Wilder when he began bad mouthing both his now ex trainer and the referee in charge.
Instead of admonishing them, Arum believes the former champ should be singing their praises.
“For him to castigate Kenny Bayless the referee and Mark Breland, his chief cornerman is disgraceful,” said Arum during an interview with IFL TV. “They acted properly and saved Wilder’s life. He was completely out of it and was getting thrashed by Tyson Fury.”
Other than pointing a blaming finger in the direction of his corner, Wilder turned his attention to Fury. The surly knockout artist ranted on about the damage in which he was able to inflict which included the swelling of his face and perforating his eardrums. Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) showed numerous videos which he believes proves that Fury did in fact have an illegal object on the inside of his gloves.
An already irritated Arum shook his head at those claims as well.
“To talk about the gloves the way he did was disgraceful. You have to understand the situation with the gloves in the state of Nevada where the fight took place. The day before the fight at the weigh-ins the gloves are presented to the commission who inspects the gloves.
“Each side then examines the gloves and each fighter picks a pair of gloves that they are going to use in the fight. They also choose a second pair in case something happens to the gloves in the fight that they can use. Then the gloves are secured by the commission and they are kept in a safe place so that no one can tamper with them. On the night of the fight, a commission brings the gloves that each fighter has signed their names on to the respective fighter who has already put on their approved hand wraps. Then, the gloves are put on in the presence of the inspector who bought the gloves and the inspector who is assigned to the room. Nobody, nobody can tamper with the gloves.”
While the long time promoter, continues to fire back at every single one of Wilder’s claims, he believes the recently turned 35 year old simply can’t come to grips with how badly he was beaten on the night.
“What he has done is taken something out of a movie,” explained Arum. “That probably used to happen maybe in the 30s and 40s and he’s using that as a conspiracy to explain how he got so decisively beaten by Tyson Fury. What Wilder said is a sham. It’s a Donald Trump kind of sham.”
Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder Officially Off Says Fury: “I’ve Moved On”
By: Hans Themistode
Tyson Fury has waited, waited and waited some more. But now, the 32 year old heavyweight champion is through sitting on the sidelines.
For months now, Fury has been waiting to prove that his seventh round stoppage win over Deontay Wilder earlier this year was anything but a fluke. Yet, with a worldwide pandemic postponing several of their rematch dates and Wilder’s team attempting to buy their former champion more time, Fury has walked away from the table entirely.
“They asked me if I would agree to push it to December. I agreed to Dec. 19,” said Fury to The Athletic. “Then they tried to change the date again into next year. I’ve been training. I’m ready. When they tried moving off Dec. 19 and pushing to next year, enough was enough. I’ve moved on.”
Moving on from a fight with Wilder was essentially impossible. But with the former champions mandated rematch clause expiring, nothing is now restraining Fury from walking out the door. Which is exactly what he is doing.
The rivalry between Wilder and Fury is one that goes back to 2018. The two fought to a draw during their December matchup. Fury controlled most of the fight and would have cruised to a decision win if it weren’t for two dramatic knockdowns produced by Wilder. Their rematch, which took place earlier this year, was as one sided as ever.
With Wilder firmly in his rearview mirror, the heavyweight titlist now looks ahead. After four straight contests in America, Fury is looking to have a homecoming contest in December.
Despite leaving a trilogy matchup with Wilder on the table, the British native believes it isn’t necessary to speculate on how their contest would have played out.
“I was looking forward to smashing Wilder again. A quick and easy fight,” Fury said. “But Wilder and his team were messing around with the date. They don’t really want to fight the lineal heavyweight champion. They know how it ends. The world knows how it will end: with Wilder on his ass again.”
Should Fury pick up a win before the year ends, he already has eyes set on grabbing the remaining three belts in the heavyweight division sometime next year.
“I am the best fighter in the world. The lineal heavyweight champion. The two-time Ring magazine heavyweight champion. The WBC heavyweight champion,” Fury said. “And before the end of 2021, I will be the only man on this earth with a heavyweight championship belt.”
Dillian Whyte Criticizes Deontay Wilder Over Split With Mark Breland: “He’s An Idiot”
By: Hans Themistode
Earlier this year, the boxing world stood back and watched Deontay Wilder take hard shot after hard shot at the hands of Tyson Fury which resulted in repeated trips to the canvas.
Possessing what many believe is the hardest right hand in boxing history, both fans of Wilder and his trainer in Jay Deas believed that their man would land a miracle shot to change things on the night. Yet with each passing round, things only got worse.
Wilder has always prided himself on being a warrior and appeared ready to go out on his shield until co-trainer Mark Breland mercifully threw in the towel.
The moment that white flag of surrender hit the deck, it not only truncated Wilder’s five year title reign but it also left Breland out of a job.
The split between Wilder and Breland was made official a few days ago. Now, he’ll move forward with only head man Jay Deas in his corner. A decision he believes is a sagacious one. For heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte on the other hand, Wilder is a flat out idiot.
“I think it’s the worst mistake he’s ever made. Mark Breland is the only person in his team that actually was a boxer and actually was a world champion. He was the only person that didn’t care about money or fame. Someone who was actually from an emotional point. Someone who understands, thinking about his health and did the right thing by throwing the towel in. He could have got seriously hurt.”
Wilder has always claimed to be fine throughout a beating that lasted seven rounds and resulted in perforated eardrums along with other medical issues.
But as Whyte watched him stumble across the ring and seemingly fall over his own two feet on several occasions, he believed Wilder was a beaten fighter. Those sentiments he suspects, were shared by the one person in his corner who didn’t just stand idly by and watch him take a beating of a lifetime.
“He was getting hit with punches that weren’t knocking him out, they were concussing him. Mark Breland knows what it’s like, because Mark Breland has been in the same position Wilder was in. He’s someone that cares about the athlete and the boxing side of things. Not just ‘Bomb Squad’, nonsense. He doesn’t care about that. He’s the only one in the team, you don’t see him running around and shouting and screaming. He’s just a little quiet guy, does his job.”
“Deontay Wilder is an idiot, he clearly can’t see it. Good luck to him, it’s his team, he can do whatever he wants. But I think it’s a bad mistake. Mark Breland is the only one that knows boxing in his team.”
Bob Arum On Fury vs Wilder 3: “We’re Optimistic That We’ll Be Able To Do The Event In Nevada, In Las Vegas”
By: Hans Themistode
It’s been difficult to associate anything superlative with this year.
From no fans allowed inside of arenas, to boxers such as Manny Pacquiao and Mikey Garcia doubtful to make an appearance this year, things have been rough for boxing fans.
Before COVID-19 wrapped it’s disease-ridden hands around the world’s once healthy shoulders, a third matchup between current WBC and lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and former belt holder Deontay Wilder led the way in terms of the most anticipated matchup left on the schedule.
Yet, with no fans in attendance, it appeared that both big men were either going to have to sit out the remainder of the year, or be satisfied with the sound of their fist cracking each other in the head as background noise.
Now however, it appears neither option will be necessary.
“We’re optimistic that we’ll be able to do the event in Nevada, in Las Vegas,” said Arum to ESPN.
With roughly half a century worth of experience, Arum has adjusted his business model on more than one occasion. Some of his top current stars such as WBO welterweight titlist Terence Crawford and unified champ Vasiliy Lomachenko have not only agreed to fighting in an empty arena, but also a reduction in purse. Despite that, when it comes to one of the biggest trilogy contests in heavyweight history, Arum believes that having both men slug it out in an empty arena would do it no justice.
With that being said, Arum is no doctor. But he has done his due diligence in order to bring fans inside of the venue come fight night.
“That’s what we’re moving ahead on, on all fronts, with the security, with the virus, and everything.”
With Arum making the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada the host for most of his events, it comes as no surprise that the 88 year old has turned in their direction to host Wilder vs Fury 3. Only, it won’t be the MGM Grand Conference Center but the newly built Allegiant Stadium which holds just north of 70,000 people.
Arum’s target date would be roughly a week before Christmas on December 19th. And although things aren’t set in stone just yet, the long time promoter is putting all of the pieces into place.
“We’re talking with everybody here in town, and with the Raiders.”
Mauricio Sulaiman Addresses Daniel Kinahan Situation, Joshua vs Fury, and Much More on Boxing Insider Radio
For this week’s episode on Boxing Insider Radio, the crew welcomes WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman as he calls in to talk with our panel on some of the topics that have grabbed boxing by the throat over the past few days.
With Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury reportedly coming to an agreement for a two fight deal in 2021, how realistic is that contest? Also the man behind the deal in Daniel Kinahan finds himself in legal trouble due to his questionable past. Sulaiman gives his thoughts on the situation. How about Dillian Whyte? Where does WBC interim champion fit into the Heavyweight landscape? Sulaiman addresses it all and more on this weeks podcast.
For the first time in roughly four months, boxing fans had a smile on their face. They sat back and watched as COVID-19 took away their 2020 boxing schedule after a promising start. Thoughts of Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury 3, Leo Santa Cruz vs Gervonta Davis and Canelo Alvarez vs Gennadiy Golovkin 3 all fell by the wayside.
Now, fans were given no choice but to enjoy the grotesque mismatches of Shakur Stevenson vs Felix Caraballo. The frown that accompanied the faces of fans grew to anger. But with one announcement, it was turned upside down.
Fans of the sport broke their chairs, smashed their telephones and screamed uncontrollably as unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) and WBC belt holder Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) informed the public that they agreed on a two fight showdown in 2021.
But things quickly became strange when the man behind the scenes who helped broker the deal in Daniel Kinahan, is said to have a hand in more than just boxing.
Drugs, illegal firearms sales and a long list of other crimes now accompany the name of Kianhan. Which in turn, makes Fury vs Joshua a moot point. Fans of the sport became confused as to what his alleged illegal associations meant for the biggest fight in quite some time. Joining fans in their confusion is WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman. Much like the fans who read the headlines all across the Internet, a puzzled Sulaiman scratched his head.
“I have no idea,” admitted Sulaiman on Boxing Insider Radio. “Since we have had his pandemic, I have chosen to keep a very clean, mental health. And to do that, I avoid anything that creates anxiety. So I don’t really follow much of what goes on unless it’s something positive or inspires me. I choose not to listen to gossip or whatever is not official. I have followed very little. And I have no interest in getting involved in what is not for the betterment of the sport.”
Kinahan and his current legal troubles aren’t the only thing that is in the way of the mega showdown between Joshua and Fury though. While the rest of the world marks Joshua vs Fury and their collective calendars, Deontay Wilder paces back and forth in his palatial estate. Seething, fists clenched and smoke fuming from the top of his head. With a title reign that stretches five years and the most devastating right hand in boxing history. Wilder is incredulous to the conjecture of most counting him out of their upcoming third clash.
Sulaiman however, is not. The WBC President is quick to remind everyone that although he is unsure of when, their third contest will certainly happen.
“Right now we don’t know when boxing is going to resume for some specific fights such as the rematch between Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury. We don’t know if that fight will happen October, November, December, next year. We cannot control that. But for the WBC there is a legal contract that they signed for a third fight.”
Wilder and Fury of course, gave the fans one of the most dramatic heavyweight contests in history when they battled to a highly controversially draw in 2018. There was nothing contentious in their rematch however, this past February as Fury dropped Wilder twice before ultimately stopping him. One more contest now awaits both men. But while COVID-19 has made awaiting their third contest painfully difficult with no date set in stone, interim WBC titilst Dillian Whyte has been waiting even longer for his own shot at a world title.
It’s been five years since Whyte suffered his lone loss to Anthony Joshua. Since then, Lebron James added another NBA title to his resume, Jay-Z dropped the 4:44 album and Tom Brady grabbed two more Super Bowl titles to give him a grand total of six. During that span, Whyte hasn’t just sat back on his laurels either. He’s taken down three undefeated fighters, two former world champions and won every possible title eliminator thrown in his direction.
With everything completed on his end, Sulaiman believes that he cannot make the British born fighter wait any longer.
“For the WBC there is a mandatory title defense that the champion has to make. The mandatory challenger is the interim champion Dillian Whyte. He has the right to enforce his title shot after the Wilder vs Fury third fight. Fury vs Joshua is just speculation. They have both come out and said that they have a deal which is very good. But there are many things that must take place before it actually happens.”
Tyson Fury Tabbed as Early Favorite Against Both Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder
By: Hans Themistode
When Tyson Fury made the claim that he was the best fighter in the world several years ago, he was met with laughs and smart remarks. Now however, there isn’t a smile in sight when those words are uttered.
If you’re looking for a seat at the table for a date with Fury in the coming years, it’s best that you take a rain check. The current WBC Heavyweight titlist has three candle lit dinners with some of the best fighters that the division has to offer in Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua.
A win in the sport of boxing is never guaranteed, but in the case of Fury, the betting market seems to believe that the outcome will be the same regardless whom he faces. Which is to say, Fury’s hand will be raised in victory while his opponent is either slumped over the bottom rope or left scratching their head trying to figure out what went wrong.
Believers in both Wilder and Joshua could rake in the big bucks if they side with either man as they’ve been given +175 and +275 odds respectively. Those looking for even better better numbers, can throw a few dollars on the chances of a draw. Whether fans decide to take the +2500 odds associated with Wilder vs Fury 3 or the +3000 odds linked to Joshua vs Fury, the outcome of a draw will leave bettors planning an early retirement.
With Fury becoming the man to beat in the division, it’s a position he isn’t familiar with. In his 2015 title fight against Wladimir Klitschko, Fury was expected to become victim number 23 on Klitschko’s long title reign. But at +350, someone cashed in big time as the British born big man won an ugly unanimous decision.
At +105 odds for his rematch with Wilder, Fury once again rewarded someone’s bank account with another stellar win. Now that he’s in the favored seat though, bettors could still cash in with him. Just not as much as they’ve grown accustomed to.
Wilder vs Fury 3 has a tentative date set for December of 2020 while Joshua will get his crack in back to back fights in 2021. Provided of course, Fury gets by Wilder again and Joshua takes care of his IBF mandatory challenger in Kubrat Pulev.
Tyson Fury Believes Deontay Wilder Opting For Rematch Only For The Money
By: Hans Themistode
When Deontay Wilder was left on the opposite end of a stoppage loss at the hands of Tyson Fury on February 22nd, 2020, a rematch seemed to be out of the question. The contest between them was built up to be larger than life, but from a competitive standpoint, it fell short.
Wilder didn’t just take a hit to his undefeated record, but he also took one to his pride. Through 41 contests, the former WBC titlist had always found the mark with his right hand. This time however, he simply couldn’t find the target.
Nothing about their second contest was competitive, but then again, outside of two knockdowns in their first showdown in December of 2018, it wasn’t exactly close as well.
Still, Wilder was contractually owed a rematch and so, here we are. The chances of the former titlist might be slim according to most, but Fury believes that only matters if Wilder was actually looking to win the trilogy bout.
“There’s all these words about Joshua and the others but Deontay Wilder has his third fight to take,” Fury told Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain. “He’ll take the fight for one pure reason. And it’s called money. And there’s a lot of money on the table here and he’s got eight or nine kids to feed. So he’ll definitely take the rematch.”
To his credit, Wilder has always found success when facing the same opponent on multiple occasions. In 2015, Wilder was forced to go the distance for the first time in his career against Bermane Stiverne. Things were completely different the second time around two years later as he needed only one single round to get Stiverne out of there.
Wilder pulled off similar magic against Luis Ortiz. Stopping him in the tenth round in early 2018, but needing only seven rounds to get the job done in 2019.
His success in rematches coupled with his knockout power has Fury believing that although it is clearly a money grab from Wilder, that he still has a puncher’s chance.
“It’s heavyweight boxing, anything can happen especially with a dynamite puncher like Wilder.”
Mike Tyson Eyeing Boxing Exhibitions, Former Trainer Believes He Can KO Wilder Right Now
By: Hans Themistode
At one point in time, former Heavyweight champion Mike Tyson did not need to be referred to by name. Simply say “the baddest man on the planet” and everyone knew exactly who you were talking about. Before James “Buster” Douglas pulled off the biggest upset in boxing history in 1990, no one ever thought he could lose.
It wasn’t just that he was winning, but how he was doing it. Once Tyson stepped foot inside of the ring, it didn’t make sense to leave your seat for a bathroom break. The match wasn’t going to last very long.
It’s been 15 years since Tyson last entered the ring, and 24 years since he looked like the man who could take down a Rhino. But even as his grey hairs have mellowed him out, Tyson has the fight itch again.
“I’ve been hitting the mitts for the last week,” Tyson said recently on Instagram Live with rapper T.I.
At 53 years of age, Tyson doesn’t have his eye on fighting for a world title. Instead, he’s getting himself in respectable shape to compete in a charity matchup. But the former world champ is finding out that getting himself even halfway ready for a fight isn’t as easy as it used to be.
“That’s been tough, my body is really jacked up and really sore from hitting the mitts. I’ve been working out, I’ve been trying to get in the ring. I think I’m going to box some exhibitions and get in shape. I want to go to the gym and get in shape to be able to box three or four-round exhibitions for some charities and stuff. Some charity exhibitions, make some money, help some homeless and drug-affected motherf***ers like me.”
Matchups against your normal average Joe is the only agenda for Tyson. In his prime, he would love to jump into the ring against names such as unified champion Anthony Joshua or WBC belt holder Tyson Fury. But this isn’t the mid 90s.
While Tyson doesn’t have unrealistic championship expectations, his former trainer believes there’s nothing unrealistic about it at all.
“Boxing’s not the same now. I’d guarantee that if Mike Tyson trained for six weeks, he’d knock Deontay Wilder out in a minute,” Fenech told The Sporting News
“He would hit them. If these guys are getting knocked out by Tyson Fury – who’s a great fighter, but not a huge puncher – Tyson would kill these guys. They’re not on the same level today. Mike today, I reckon if he trained he could still beat these guys. Fury’s got these other skills, but Deontay Wilder’s got a punch and nothing else. If you punch him, it’s over. And Mike don’t miss.”
Fenech may have all of the confidence in the world in his former fighter but at the moment, Tyson is just simply trying to whip himself into decent shape.
“I do two hours on cardio. I do the bike and the treadmill for an hour, then I do some light weights, 250 to 300 reps,” said Tyson. “Then I start my day with the boxing thing. I go in there and hit the mitts, 30 minutes, 25 minutes, start getting in better condition.”