John Fury, father of world heavyweight champion Tyson, believes Deontay Wilder can learn from Anthony Joshua how to deal with defeat with dignity.
Fury is in the final week of prep for his trilogy fight with American power puncher Wilder, with the pair set to clash in Vegas this Saturday (October 9).
It stems from two previous encounters in which Fury was unlucky not to get the decision in the first fight in December 2018, before securing a dominant eighth-round stoppage in the rematch 14 months later.
Fury was monstrous in the second fight and completely dismantled the power puncher
Fury landed regular power punches before the towel fell in the seventh round
This led Wilder to offer all sorts of apologies, including claims that his water had been spiked; Accusing Fury of cheating and blaming fatigue on a heavy suit he wore on his walk to the ring.
The 35-year-old also split from longtime trainer Mark Breland following a failure after throwing in the towel to end the second fight in February 2020.
Fury senior has rejected Wilder’s way of dealing with his defeat and has called on the American to take a leaf from Joshua’s book on how to deal with failure.
Fellow Briton Joshua was beaten by Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last Saturday to lose his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO world heavyweight titles, but Fury admires the respect AJ showed his Ukrainian opponent.
Wilder blamed the weight of his flashy ringwalk costume for feeling fatigued
“I was asked if Wilder looked like AJ,” Fury said.
“You could never compare the two men. AJ had dignity in defeat, he knows what went wrong and he is trying to make it right and he will do it.
The other is in total denial and has been talking absolute nonsense for the past two years.
“He’s still talking rubbish and that’s what keeps me from him as a fighter and that’s why I don’t think he can improve because of his way of thinking.
Anthony Joshua was comfortably outboxed and outclassed by Oleksandr Usyk . last week
The Briton’s surprising loss to Usyk saw him relinquish his four world heavyweight titles
Joshua admitted on Thursday that he has now analyzed his mistakes and will learn from them
Tyson will know when to fight and when to box and I don’t think Wilder has the intelligence to deal with that at any level. I’m not knocking him down, it’s just the character he showed me in defeat.
How can you learn from defeat if you continue like this?
“The American people love Tyson and I love the American people, but I love men among men, I want men to be men. I don’t want them to be like spoiled children in defeat. I admire men who are defeated with dignity.
“Look at Manny Pacquiao the other day. You saw him not doing that, blaming his costume, blaming his team, slandering world champions, giving professional people a bad name. You can’t do that, it’s characterization.
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“Like I said before, I would have had him in court, he would never have had a second fight, but that’s politics and that’s out of my hands and like I said, I have no control over it at all.”
Fury predicted a much worse beating for Wilder in Saturday’s third fight with his son in ‘demolition mode’ and looking to retire the American heavyweight.
“The way I see it, the result will be the same, but I think he’ll take an even worse beating than what he got before and it’ll be the end of Deontay Wilder,” he warned.
“It will be his retirement for him, he will be too badly damaged because Tyson trained to hurt him and hurt him and I mean that in the nicest way I can.
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“He’s got people blowing smoke down his back and saying he can do this and that. They can all put on a good show, but when you’re under those bright lights and the guy is right in front of you, you realize you’ve got a formidable task ahead of you.
‘Then they smell the coffee and can he handle it? I don’t think he can. I could be wrong.
“Tyson is a great finisher these days and he’s in hurt mode. He is not going for a points decision. He knows it’s not possible in America.
“Tyson is going for the knockout and explosively. That’s what he’s trained for.’
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