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Wilder: When I Beat The Man Who Beat The Man - I'm The Man!

Tyson Fury contacted Deontay Wilder directly to capitalise on the breakdown in negotiations for a fight with Anthony Joshua and persuade him he instead should be his next opponent.

The WBC heavyweight champion will next defend his title against Fury in Las Vegas in November. He travelled to Belfast to watch his rival defeat Francesco Pianeta at Windsor Park on Saturday, after which they confirmed their fight.

Fury’s status as his latest challenger comes after lengthy negotiations for a unification showdown with Joshua ended in frustration and, it transpires, after Fury independently concluded he was already ready for what he considers his “hardest fight”.

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He returned after almost three years of inactivity on June 9 against the little-known Sefer Seferi and, despite then still being significantly above his fighting weight, he had already re-thought his initial plan to take several warm-up contests before challenging for a title.

An understanding exists between the pair, partly as a consequence of Fury revealing it was Wilder who helped inspire him to get into shape and return to the ring.

Wilder told Press Association Sport: “Fury contacted me and we had a great conversation. This was Instagram, on June 22.

“In that conversation he was apologising to me, about the situation that had occurred (in not securing the Joshua fight) and he told me, ‘They never wanted to fight you’. That they’d avoid me for as long as possible until (Joshua’s trainer) Rob McCracken says he’s ready.

“He said, ‘I promised you I’d fight you – let’s make this happen, it’ll be the biggest fight in the world’.

“I’ve always wanted the Tyson Fury fight. To finally get him, it’s a blessing. In our eyes he’s still the lineal champion, he’s undefeated.

“He’s still getting massive respect, he’s the man who beat the man. I can’t wait to meet the man that beat the man so when I beat the man I become the man, you understand?”

Those that make the 32-year-old the favourite to defend his title do so partly because of the belief that Fury is rushing into such a dangerous fight so soon into his comeback, while further observers believe Wilder will struggle with the Briton’s awkward style.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Vinnykin on 08-23-2018

[QUOTE=ScottWeiland;19038630]I guess I can run with that notion but as I see it their isn’t a lineal champion right now, the guy was popped for STEROIDS the same year he fought for a title.[/QUOTE] Where is the evidence he took…

Comment by Vinnykin on 08-23-2018

[QUOTE=Thraxox;19037288]:lol1::lol1: So does that mean Kovalev wasn't the man at LHW because he only beat Bernard Hopkins right? And Adonois Stevenson was the man because he beat Chad Dawson ages ago. Your logic is so flawed.[/QUOTE] Yes. There was never…

Comment by davefromvancouv on 08-22-2018

[QUOTE=ScottWeiland;19038630]I guess I can run with that notion but as I see it their isn’t a lineal champion right now, the guy was popped for STEROIDS the same year he fought for a title.[/QUOTE] Doesn't matter what you or I…

Comment by Jubei on 08-21-2018

Wilder beating Fury is like Cotto beating Sergio Martinez.. he might get the title, but its basically meaningless, Tyson Fury just wants to cash out, fighting #140 ranked Heavyweight who got knocked out by friggin Kevin Johnson surely prepares him…

Comment by Real King Kong on 08-21-2018

[QUOTE=Vae Victis;19039172]Without Wilder there, there is no fifty-million. See AJ's fight with Povetkin for details.[/QUOTE] Yea ok, in his last fight joshua earned roughly 10x what wilder did in his last fight...there's really no comparison at this point. If wilder…

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