Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder WBC Heavyweight Title Fight Update

Both Fighters supremely confident.
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Professional boxers Deontay Wilder (L) and Tyson Fury butt heads onstage during their press conference to promote their upcoming December 1, 2018 fight in Los Angeles

When Tyson Fury signed to fight Deontay Wilder all fight fans knew one thing for certain: the trash talk and the press conferences for this fight were going to be very entertaining. Indeed some scribes quipped that the buildup would be more exciting than the fight itself. Thus far – all trash talking and bold predictions aside – both men appear supremely confident, but as that December 1 date at the Los Angeles Staples Center draws ever closer, will one of them crack?

From the initial press conference, to the three city press tour (London, New York and Los Angeles) to appearances on ITV’s This Morning, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury have threatened to come to blows multiple times, physically shoved each other once each, ridiculed each other’s abilities and credentials, and even joined forces to verbally attack WBA/IBF/WBO champion Anthony Joshua, currently the darling of UK sport.

Since the fight was signed, Fury and Wilder have been omnipresent, and through the  constant barrage of threats and insults, five things have become clear: 

1. Deontay Wilder Should Never Engage Tyson Fury In A Verbal Exchange
Just like Floyd Mayweather’s pathetic attempts at comebacks against the natural razor-sharp wit of Conor McGregor last year, Deontay Wilder has been reduced to stuttering and spluttering to whoever might be listening that he is the “baddest man on the planet”, that he “sees it, believes it, receives it” and that there’s “one champion, one face, one name, Deontay Wilder”. 

Clearly the man from Alabama is fond of a well-rehearsed catchphrase, and clearly he believes if he repeats them often enough, they’ll come true. Fury has no need for such slogans, and instead ad-libs his way through their frequent verbal exchanges, saying just enough to strike a nerve and drive Wilder to the point of wanting to forget LA and the Staples Center and instead fight then and there. 

2. Tyson Fury Has No Fear 

Whereas Wilder has been able to intimidate his rivals in the past, that has been impossible with Fury. While Wilder’s imposing demeanor and 6’7” tattooed frame presents a frightening prospect to most (sane) men, Fury isn’t most men. Born three months premature and weighing just one pound at birth, the tiny infant Fury reportedly died three times in his incubation chamber, and his fighting spirit was such that father John felt compelled to name him after the fighter he admired most, Mike Tyson.  

Growing up on gypsy camps in the North of England represents an environment every bit as scary and intimidating as anything the US has to offer. For young Tyson, the son of the legendary Gypsy John Fury, fighting was as natural as eating and sleeping, and he soon lost the capacity to fear an adversary. 

When Fury mocks even the most seasoned professionals such as Vladimir Klitschko, a man who was a superb amateur, an Olympic champion, who then reigned for ten years as heavyweight champion, never ducking a challenger, and says he is not a “real fighting man,” he kind of has a point. 
There are very few races of people left on the planet in which the menfolk are raised since birth to fight, to be good with their fists, to have no fear, to be ruthless. The Irish gypsies are that exception, and Tyson Fury is their “King.” 

 3. “Dosser” Goes Viral
Unless you are from the North of England, the term “dosser” will mean little if anything to you. Back in the 60s and 70s, dosser was regularly used as an insult and aimed at anyone whose main sin was laziness, idleness, or uselessness. A “dosshouse” was a nickname for a homeless shelter, insinuating that the kind of people frequenting such a place would be the aforementioned social rejects. 

Fury resurrected the term Dosser in one of his earliest verbal attacks on Wilder. For those of us familiar with the term it was somewhat surprising, as A) we’d thought that nobody used it anymore, and B) that it’s actually quite a mild form of insult. Rather like Conor McGregor and “eejit”, Irish slang for idiot, what started out as a bit of an in-joke amongst Paddies was soon being used by homeboys from East LA to Compton, with black and Latino gangbangers refereeing to each other as “eejits.” Very soon those same crews will be calling each other “dossers.” Maybe one day there’ll even be rival LA gangs named the Eejits and the Dossers! 

4. Deontay Wilder Has Won The Fashion Show
Whoever decided that Tyson Fury should go for “Gamekeeper Chic” in the buildup to this fight should be shown the door. First and foremost Fury is an athlete, and he should always dress accordingly. If he’s wearing a suite, make sure its sharp and lightweight, just as fighters have historically worn from Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney to Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, to those snazzy numbers the ex-boxers-turned-pundits wear when working for Sky Sports.   
Instead, Tyson has opted for great huge tweed suits, complete with waistcoats. They always seem to be either grey or various shades of brown, with maybe a touch of orange, or a dash of yellow. 

Delivering a line such as “I’m going to knock you spark out, you big dosser” loses a lot of its menace when the person saying it is kitted out to look like a seven-foot tall leprechaun! By comparison, Wilder has stuck to his personalized range of designer gym gear, with a natty line in black tracksuits, complete with matching shades. He looks like what he is; an athlete who means business. By comparison, Fury looks like the landlord of a Cork boozer.

5. Deontay Wilder HATES Anthony Joshua
No matter how heated the exchanges have gotten between Fury and Wilder, one gets the feeling that there is plenty of mutual admiration between the two. When Fury was estranged from boxing and in the pits of despair, Wilder would always remember to say something positive about him during his pressers for fights, wishing him a speedy recovery, and saying that the sport needed him.  
When, after a layoff, Wilder scored an impressive first round KO of Bermaine Stiverne, the only man to take him the distance, Tyson Fury was the first to congratulate him via Twitter. However, when it comes to the heavyweight division’s no.1 draw Anthony Joshua, Wilder has no such respect. Anyone who saw Wilder take control of a camera on ITV’s Good Morning Britain TV program, stare into the lens and deliver a chilling, malice-laden monologue directed at AJ can see that his hatred is genuine. 

Wilder’s bitterness toward AJ stems from the disrespect he believes he was shown by the Joshua camp – Eddie Hearn in particular – during negotiations for a fight between the two earlier this year. He says that while the AJ camp acted like they were keen to face Wilder in 2018, in reality they had no intention of facing the American until 2019 at the earliest. In Wilder’s eyes, Joshua is either a coward for not fighting him - even when offered a $50 million purse - or Eddie Hearn’s puppet, which is worse still in his eyes. 

Of course, the danger for Wilder is his hatred for AJ and Hearn could distract him from the job at hand. He may believe that Fury is no real threat, because he has taken this fight a full year and three warm-up bouts too soon.  If that is the case, Wilder might just find himself at the Staples Center on December 1, down on the cards, unable to land his KO blows, while across the ring Fury is laughing and growing in confidence.

Check out our Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder Fight Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips to see who is favoured in the KO/TKO market.
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