Deontay Wilder is undecisive about who’ll win in a potential fight between WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and WBO, WBA, IBF, IBO, and Ring Magazine titlist Oleksandr Usyk.
The two heavyweights are slated to meet sometime this spring for an undisputed bout.
But when offering his opinion, Wilder delivered a deep jab at the combatants.
“I don’t know. That’s a 50-50 fight for me. You just never know until you get in there. Depends on who’s going to cheat the hardest,” Wilder said in an interview with Elie Seckbach of ESNews. “That’s what it is, it depends on who’s gonna cheat the hardest.”
Wilder appeared to be reigniting a previous trope toward Fury.
Following his Feb. 2020 knockout loss to Fury, Wilder claimed his rival’s gloves were loaded. It was among a list of other reasons Wilder felt the Brit scored a seventh-round stoppage.
The former heavyweight champion Wilder (43-2-1, 42 KOs) finished 0-2-1 against Fury in an entertaining trilogy that spanned from 2018 to 2021 and featured a total of nine knockdowns.
Fury again scored a stoppage against Wilder in Oct. 2021, and they’ve since moved on with their careers.
Widler returned after a one-year layoff in October and knocked out Robert Helenius in the first round.
As Fury and Usyk position themselves for a match to capture all of the titles, the 37-year-old Wilder proclaims that he’s comfortable fighting without a crown moving forward.
“They want to see me with everybody. People don't come and see me for no titles and stuff like that no more. That's not for me. People come to see me to knock people out,” said Wilder. “So I don't have to have the titles. I don't have to have belts. People come to see me for what I do. That's why you don't see people booing because they know [the knockout] is coming. What do I always say? You don't know when it's coming, but it's coming. Here it comes. Bam, baby. Good night.”
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