Former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder was soundly defeated in his rematch against Tyson Fury in early 2020, the second time the heavyweight titans went to war after first registering a split draw back in late 2018.
Wilder had trouble dealing with his loss to Fury and recently claimed “The Gypsy King” loaded his gloves with foreign objects to cause more damage with his punches. In addition, “The Bronze Bomber” insists his water was spiked with muscle relaxer before the fight.
Fury believes Wilder is hurling false accusations because he’s unable to accept defeat.
“Acceptance is a hard thing because nobody wants to accept the truth,” Fury told The MMA Hour. “When I was an alcoholic, I didn’t want to be told I was an alcoholic. I didn’t want to be told I’m a fat bastard. I was just happy being that. It’s almost like this little game in your own head where you don’t want to know the truth even though you do know the truth. I always knew I was a fat bastard. I knew I was addicted to alcohol but I didn’t want it pushed in my face.
“The moment that I accepted that I had to change and I had to get help and stop what I was doing, that’s the moment I could step away from it all and start again. From what I’m hearing from this idiot here, he hasn’t accepted what’s happened to him. Therefore, without accepting defeat, you can never regain. You can never go on from that. ‘Cause you’re still dwelling on the past.”
Wilder will get the opportunity to prove skill — not shenanigans — will prevail when they run it back for a third time. The Fury vs. Wilder trilogy is set for this Sat. night (Oct. 9, 2021) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
And Fury has a little pre-fight advice for his opponent.
“You’ve got to let go of all this stuff — animosity, whatever’s happened to you in your life,” Fury continued. “Whatever you think you can’t let go of, you can let go of it, because I’ve let go before plenty of times. You feel so much better for letting go and moving on than you ever would holding a grudge forever. So there’s my advice. If he’s listening or some of his team is listening — acceptance first, acknowledgment, and then you can move on.”
Fury is currently a -350 betting favorite against +250 for Wilder.