By Keith Idec
Without him, Deontay Wilder wonders how Tyson Fury will become the star on this side of the pond Bob Arum and Fury expect.
The WBC heavyweight champion considers Fury’s style “boring.” The 6-feet-9 Fury’s technical skill and intelligence notwithstanding, Wilder doesn’t anticipate boxing fans in the United States taking to Fury once Top Rank starts staging his fights at American venues.
Fury is expected to make his Top Rank debut either in June or July against an undetermined opponent. That bout likely will be streamed on ESPN+, the subscription service ESPN has been building for nearly a year.
Wilder, meanwhile, will return to the ring May 18 in a match Showtime will televise from Barclays Center in Brooklyn. A deal likely will be finalized soon for Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs) to make a mandatory defense of his title against American Dominic Breazeale (20-1, 18 KOs) on the same night his immediate rematch with Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs) was supposed to take place at Barclays Center.
The 33-year-old Wilder, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, is sure his return will draw much more attention than Fury’s fight against a less imposing opponent than him.
“The thing about it is, I’m the key,” said Wilder, who has knocked out 95 percent of his opponents. “I’m the puzzle piece to it all, especially when it’s dealing with America. You know, Fury is nothing here in America if my name ain’t attached to his. He’s a boring fighter. The only thing good about him is his mouth. He just talks. That’s it. And the only reason we like it is because it makes us laugh, because of the accent. That’s about it. Other than that, every time they come and see this guy fight, he’s got one of the most boring styles in the heavyweight division. Once they see that style being displayed, that’s gonna be it. That’s it.
“With my style, I’m an exciting fighter. I’m one of the most exciting fighters in the division because of my knockout power. People know when they come and see Deontay Wilder, it’s more likely that you’re gonna see someone get knocked out. And that’s what people come to see, knockouts, at the end of the day. They don’t wanna see people get hurt, but they do wanna see how a human body lay once it gets punched in the face.”
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.