Following Anthony Joshua’s unanimous decision loss to Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday night, WBC and The Ring champion Tyson Fury appears to be locked in as the king of the heavyweight division.
Fury, who was rated the No. 1 heavyweight before Joshua’s loss to Usyk, was reaffirmed as the best by Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, who said during a Zoom call Wednesday with national media that “There is no heavyweight in the world that Tyson Fury can beat, period, end of story.”
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For Fury’s camp, that also includes Deontay Wilder, who will challenge Fury in their third match on Saturday, October 9 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
“Deontay Wilder, make no mistake, this will be Deontay Wilder’s defining moment in his life,” Fury said. “Anyone can lose a fight, anyone can have a bad night. But this is his turning point. “
Here are three takeaways from Fury’s press conference.
Fury focuses only on Wilder
Following Joshua’s loss to Usyk, an undisputed heavyweight title fight is now in jeopardy.
Fury and Joshua signed a two-fight deal in March to unify their heavyweight belts, although Usyk is now a champion and Joshua activated a rematch clause to fight him, according to Usyk’s team.
That leaves Fury’s immediate future uncertain, he said he wanted to fight interim WBC heavyweight champion Dillian Whyte, Joshua (twice) and Derek Chisora in his next five bouts. For now, he said he’s only focusing on Wilder.
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“I don’t care about anyone else,” Fury said. “They are not on my radar. No one is on my radar, just the Bronze Bomber, also known as the Big Dossier. He’s the most dangerous heavyweight there is, save for none, and he’s the only man I really care about beating. “
When asked if he would fight Joshua after a possible win over Wilder, Fury said only that he has “a number of tasks ahead of him” and that he doesn’t care who he fights next. On Usyk’s win, Fury said: “He did his job, and that’s all I know.”
Wait for a ‘watershed moment’ for Wilder
After Fury defeated Wilder by TKO in February 2020, Wilder did not take credit for the loss; He blamed his 40-pound ring-walking costume for weakening his legs, said his water was full of spikes and that Fury carried his gloves, causing his ear to bleed.
Fury shrugged off Wilder’s accusations again Wednesday afternoon, saying he was making excuses.
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“What I’ve seen from Deontay Wilder is that he can’t take defeat,” Fury said. “He doesn’t know why he lost, he has a million reasons.
“He did not show any class at all in defeat, and he has not accepted that he was defeated. Therefore, he cannot get over it. “
Despite his assurance that he will “crush Deontay Wilder to pieces,” Fury also said that Wilder is “the most dangerous heavyweight on the planet” and both fighters will aggressively seek a knockout.
“I’m going with all guns on fire, full attack, all infantry, straight out the door from the first round until this is done,” Fury said. “Either it will be me or Wilder.”
Fury trusts his form
In June, Fury said he intended to weigh 300 pounds before his third fight with Wilder, which was scheduled for July before Fury and his camp members tested positive for COVID-19.
Fury said Wednesday that he has been “improving” his weight, although delays with his positive test and the hospitalization of his daughter, Athena, have affected him.
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“I’ve been working on it,” Fury said. “I had COVID, I had a month off with my baby who was not well. Eating all those things takes a lot. I don’t know if I’m going to be heavier in my career, but giving myself the best, the best chance. Do not worry about that “.
Regardless, Fury said he is in the best shape of his life and currently weighs “270 (pounds) more.”
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.