Deontay Wilder couldn’t be any more direct in the approach to his upcoming trilogy clash with Tyson Fury. (photo by Ryan Hafey)
“I just want to beat his ass,” Wilder told reporters during a virtual press conference to promote his upcoming third fight versus Fury. “It’s as simple as that. I just want to beat his ass.”
The two are finally set to meet once again October 9 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The bout will top a Pay-Per-View event jointly presented by ESPN+ and Fox Sports, as was the case for their rematch last February 22 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. England’s Fury (30-0-1, 21KOs) prevailed by seventh-round knockout, ending the five-year WBC heavyweight title reign enjoyed by Alabama’s Wilder (42-1-1, 41KOs) while being dealt his lone career defeat.
Fury and Wilder also fought to a disputed, split-decision draw in December 2018.
A third fight was to have taken place last July, only for the coronavirus to stall such plans. Efforts to reschedule the bout for last October also proved futile, with the rest of 2020 playing out without either heavyweight entering the ring. The extended downtime provided Wilder and his most ardent supporters with plenty of time to theorize what went wrong in his rematch with Fury. Among the suggested reasons directed at his opponent was the claim that Fury concealed a foreign object—believed to be an egg-shaped weight or something similar in shape—in his glove.
The topic was briefly touched upon during Wednesday’s press session, with one reporter questioning whether Wilder considered pursuing criminal charges. The only action taken by Wilder was enforcing his contractually obligated third fight, having to force the matter to go to arbitration. The months-long investigation resulted in an independent judge siding with Wilder, with the fight immediately scheduled for July 24.
Another delay came when Fury—a two-time and current lineal heavyweight champion—reportedly tested positive for Covid, leaving all involved parties to have to wait another eleven weeks. At no point was there any regret on the part of the former heavyweight titlist over the manner in which he seeks to avenge his only pro loss.
“I want it back in blood. That’s up to me,” stated Wilder. “Come October the 9th, I will get my revenge. An eye for an eye, that’s what I’m looking forward to.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox