After months of remaining well off the grid, Deontay Wilder has twice spoken out through social media in the span of just a few days.
The first came earlier in the week, drawing attention to Saturday’s Pay-Per-View event in San Antonio. The latter statement has already stolen its thunder, along with his latest attempt to discredit the lone loss on this record.
In an already viral video posted on his Instagram channel, Wilder addresses the circumstances surrounding his title losing effort to England’s Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21KOs) in their championship rematch. Fury scored two knockdowns en route to a 7th round stoppage in their PPV headliner this past February at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The bout came nearly 15 months after their first clash which ended in a highly questionable split-decision draw.
On both occasions, Wilder (42-1-1, 41KOs) has bought into the conspiracy theory that Fury and his team manipulated his gloves to create more of a closed fist impact.
“The bible tell us that silence is golden,” Wilder stated on his Instagram TV channel. “But my ears can still hear, my eyes can still see. The bible also tell us to be swift to hear and slow to speak. You see, what you don’t understand, thief, what you did is what my people deal with all the time. Someone cheating to provide their greatness into the world. But it’s a burden that we cut off only to make us stronger.
“I saw in the first fight when [former two-division champ] Ricky Hatton was pulling down your gloves to put your fist in the improper position. Y’all tried the same method the second time. Only this time, you scratched flesh out of my ears and caused my ears to bleed.”
Images circulated in the weeks following Wilder’s loss, photos surfaced of the Tuscaloosa, Alabamanative’s left ear bloodied along with an imprint on the left side of his head. From there came the theories that Fury’s gloves were improperly positioned, if not outright loaded.
“It’s impossible for a brand new 10 oz. glove to bend, to keep a smushed-in form, or to have loose space,” points out Wilder. “I highly believe you put something hard in your glove, something the size and the shape of an egg weight. It’s the reason the side of my face swelled up in an egg weight shape form. It left a dent in my face as well.
“In the midst of it all, you still couldn’t keep this king down. You would’ve had to kill me. In the end, it took a crap-in-a-bucket referee [Kenny Bayless] and a disloyal trainer to throw the towel in just to stop me.”
The trainer in question is Mark Breland, the 1984 Olympic Gold medalist and former two-division titlist whom literally threw in the towel to rescue the battered heavyweight from absorbing additional punishment.
Breland has trained Wilder along with Jay Deas for the duration of his pro career. That journey came to a bitter end in the months following the Fury rematch, with Wilder revealing that the Brooklyn legend—arguably the greatest U.S. amateur boxer in history—will not be part of the team moving forward.
As for Fury, there are other plans in store for the brash heavyweight as far as his longtime rival is concerned.
“Excuses may be found from a thief who steals because he is starving,” states Wilder, quoting Proverbs 6:30 of the New Living Translation. “But if he is caught, he will have to pay back seven times what he stole. Even if he had to sell everything in his house. The payback has started.”
When exactly the payback will come is dependent on the availability of ESPN and Fox Sports, the two powerhouse sports platforms whom joined forces to present the joint PPV event earlier this year. The collaboration led to a sold-out crowd at the MGM Grand, producing a record gate for a heavyweight fight in Las Vegas along with generating more than $65 million in PPV revenue.
With the rematch came a bilateral clause for the losing fighter to call for an immediate third fight. Wilder—who made 10 successful defenses prior to the Fury rematch—exercised such a clause, with the fight carrying a targeted date of July 18 in Las Vegas. Those plans were pushed back to October 3 and then to December 19, all due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic which has impacted other sports as well.
The latter date is no longer on the table, due to the influx of college football action which comes with pre-arranged commitment from ESPN and Fox Sports.
Fury–now a two-time and reigning lineal heavyweight champion—has since declared that he will fight on December 5, with Cameroon’s Carlos Takam (39-5-1, 28KOs) emerging as a frontrunner for such an event which still remains very much in discussion.
Wilder hasn’t announced any plans other than seeking revenge.
"Fury, it is time for you to be a man and honor your agreement,” Wilder insists. “What is this bullsh-t of you fighting Carlos Takam instead of me, you got to be kidding. When you were going through your darkest time, I told you that if you got yourself together I would give you a title shot. Being a man of my word, I gave you the title shot.
"When that fight was a draw, I told you that I would give you a rematch. You know I was offered more money to fight Joshua than I was getting to fight you. Again being a man of my word, I fought you like I said I would. In the rematch agreement, there was a rematch clause. Now it is time for you to be a man and honor your word, instead of trying to weasel out of our agreement. Scared people run but a [scared] man will break his contract you coward azz bitch!"
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox