Tyson Fury calls Deontay Wilder ‘weak’ as row erupts at press conference
Tonight, Fury takes on Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas in the third and final bout between the heavyweight fighters. The Gypsy King’s preparation for his defence of the WBC title has been chaotic, after the original summer fight date was scrapped when Fury contracted COVID-19. The boxer then rushed home to be with his wife Paris after she gave birth to the couple’s sixth child, Athena, who spent several days in intensive care.
In the weigh-in both fighters were the heaviest they have been for a professional fight, with Fury at 19st 11lb and Wilder weighing 17st.
Fury, who is the favourite to retain the WBC belt said: “Am I 100 percent? I’m a million percent.
“Look at me, I’m in fantastic shape ‒ I’m as fit as a fiddle.
“I’m ready today, tomorrow and forever ‒ I’m always ready and I’ll never make excuses because that’s not me.”
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Tyson Fury called out Lewis Hamilton after honours snub
Fury weighed in at his heaviest ever for a professional fight
In July, Fury, who is notoriously outspoken, took a dig at Formula 1 star Hamilton and stressed he was “disappointed” at being snubbed for a knighthood.
In an interview with the Mail Online the boxer questioned why he had received little UK recognition despite his boxing achievements and mental health campaigning.
He said: “Unlike Lewis Hamilton I live and pay taxes which went up to £9 million last year.”
When asked if he was angry by the snub he added: “No, just disappointed.
Lewis Hamilton received a knighthood in 2020 and an MBE in 2009
“The way you are when someone close to you lets you down.”
The heavyweight added that he was equally surprised Amir Kahn had been ignored “despite reviving British boxing and doing fantastic charity work in both Britain and Pakistan.”
Hamilton was recognised in the 2020 New Year’s Honours list for his contribution to motorsports.
Last year the driver equalled Michael Schumacher’s record by winning his seventh World Drivers’ Championship in addition to becoming the most successful F1 driver of all time in terms of most race wins, pole positions and podium finishes.
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Fury knocked out Wilder in 2020 to complete one of the greatest sporting comebacks ever
Some commentators speculated Hamilton had not received a Knighthood previously on account of him living in Monaco, a tax haven.
However the driver addressed the subject in 2014 and told the Sunday Times: “What people don’t realise is that I pay tax here [in the UK] but I don’t earn all my money here.
“I race in 19 different countries, so I earn my money in 20 different places and I pay tax in several different places, and I pay a lot here as well.
“I am contributing to the country, and, not only that, I help keep a team of more than 1,000 people employed.”
The boxer battled depression which resulted in addiction and weight gain
Fury, who is boxing’s lineal champion, has appeared twice on the Fighter of the Year cover of the prestigious Ring Magazine as two-time World Heavyweight Champion.
He has also been voted Boxer of the Year by the Boxing Writers’ Association of America, but is yet to receive an MBE.
In his previous bout with Wilder in February 2020, Fury knocked out the Bronze Bomber in the seventh round to complete one of the most remarkable sporting comebacks of all time.
In December 2015, Fury was stripped of his WBA, WBO and IBF titles and quit boxing after publically battling mental health problems that resulted in addiction and extreme weight gain.
Yet three years later, he defied the odds to return to the sport and achieve a split-draw decision against Wilder, who is notorious for being boxing’s most powerful puncher.
Just over a year later, Fury was ridiculed for the audacious claim that he would knock out Wilder, a man who hadn’t been dropped in a decade, in their second fight.
However, from the opening bell the Mancunion applied the pressure and dropped Wilder in the third round and again in the fifth.
By the seventh round Wilder’s corner threw in the towel, with blood seeping from the US boxer’s ear.