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Fury: No Wonder Joshua Didn't Want No Part of Wilder's Right Hand

By Keith Idec

LOS ANGELES – Now that he has tasted Deontay Wilder’s power, Tyson Fury is even more aware why Anthony Joshua hasn’t fought the unbeaten WBC heavyweight champion.

“It’s no secret Joshua didn’t want this fight,” Fury said during the post-fight press conference, “and he didn’t want it for a reason – because Deontay Wilder is the most fiercest puncher in boxing history, in heavyweight-division history. And I saw that tonight and I felt it. No wonder AJ didn’t want no part of that right hand. He can’t move like he. He’d have been nailed!”

The 6-feet-9, 256½-pound Fury mostly made the hard-hitting Wilder miss during their 12-round split draw Saturday night at Staples Center. The 6-feet-7, 212½-pound Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs) nailed the elusive Englishman twice, however, and floored Fury once apiece in the ninth and 12th rounds.

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Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs) showed remarkable resilience by getting up both times, particularly in the 12th round.

Wilder drilled his courageous challenger with a right-left combination that left Fury flat on his back with just over two minutes remaining in their fascinating fight. Fury appeared down and out, yet barely beat referee Jack Reiss’ count, came back and hurt Wilder with right hands that prevented Wilder from finishing him off.

Wilder was asked during the press conference if he believes the unbeaten Joshua would’ve been able to get up from Wilder’s devastating punches.

“No way,” Fury said. “No way. He can’t move, so he never would’ve gotten out of the way of Wilder. Wilder’s got lightning fists and he has dynamite in his hands. Great fighter. I respect him a lot.”

The respect is mutual, as is the way they feel about the 6-feet-6, 245-pound Joshua’s reluctance to face Wilder. With Wilder and Fury expected to at least seriously consider an immediate rematch, England’s Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs) likely will defend his IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO titles against another opponent April 13 at Wembley Stadium in London.

“Listen, I stood up for me country,” Fury said, “I stood up for me people, me pride, me family name and I represented the United Kingdom and Ireland tonight. And I done it well. I’m proud and I just wanna say that I am a true-bred, fighting man. And Wilder came over to the UK and showed it up. He called out Joshua and he got offered a lot of money – a lot of money, money that could change countries, money that could make broke countries rich [$50 million]. He turned it down. And I come in here – I said to Deontay, ‘I’m sorry for what’s happened to you.’ Deontay’s got the text and I’m sure he’ll tell you the same.

“I said, ‘I’m sorry what’s happened to you.’ I said, ‘But you offer me the fight,’ I said, ‘I will not turn it down. I promise you.’ I said, ‘I am the fighting man and I’ll step up and represent my country.’ And tonight I did that. And I just wanna say that it was a great opportunity. Deontay Wilder’s a good man, a good fighting man.  And I respect him. You saw that after the bell. The buildup was the buildup, and we had a great buildup. I don’t remember a better buildup than that for any fight. Two heavyweights, we’re both – I had a great dance partner. And I just wanna say, Deontay Wilder, he can definitely fight and he’s definitely a showman. He definitely can talk.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by aboutfkntime on 12-10-2018

[QUOTE=P to the J;19342992]I also am not trying to be rude, but guys who think shouting and screaming over social media counts as actual negotiation cannot be taken too seriously either. [B][SIZE="3"] Do I think Wilder should have gotten more…

Comment by uppercut510 on 12-10-2018

[quote=norway;19319240]i am so proud of fury and i do not think i have ever seen anyone outboxed like that before :) fury won that fight alot easier than againt wk :) tyson >fury you are number 1[/quote] have u ever…

Comment by DaNeutral. on 12-10-2018

[QUOTE=4truth;19343096]Ever seen one of these "signed contracts"? Exactly what do they say?[/QUOTE] I dont know exactly what they say but i know Finkel and Wilder both claimed to be happy with what they saw and were just about to sign…

Comment by 4truth on 12-10-2018

[QUOTE=DaNeutral.;19343046]Joshua dont want that Wilder smoke. You can tell by the way he kept sending signed contracts. Ive always said its the weirdest form of ducking ive ever seen in the sport. It would of been much easier to do…

Comment by DaNeutral. on 12-10-2018

Joshua dont want that Wilder smoke. You can tell by the way he kept sending signed contracts. Ive always said its the weirdest form of ducking ive ever seen in the sport. It would of been much easier to do…

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