Wilder refuses to speak, bizarre presser ends with long stare down with Fury
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Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder didn’t break eye contact during a long face off.
The pre-fight press conference to promote the third match up between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder was a bit different.
“Enough said. Time to cut off his head,” Wilder said (via bad left hook). “Come July 24th, there will be bloodshed.”
Wilder made one brief statement promising violence, before going completely silent. He refused to answer questions from the media for the entire press conference, which caught most people off guard.
“All this bloodshed stuff, not so certain. Heard it all before, to be fair,” Fury replied. “He said this last time — ‘decapitation,’ ‘bloodshed,’ all that, and we all know what went down there.
“It shows how weak of a mental person he is, and how much the beating in the last fight took from him emotionally in his life. I was worried about Deontay Wilder for quite a while,” he said. “Obviously he’s doing his little thing with his earphones on, and doesn’t want to answer any questions. That’s up to him, but I’m here to promote a fight.”
While Wilder remained silent, but Fury went on to say that he expects an even earlier KO this time around.
“I guarantee he does not go past where he did before. I’m building my weight up, I’m trying to get up to 300 lbs for this fight, because I’m looking for a big knockout straight away. I don’t believe he’s mentally, physically, or emotionally involved in this fight. I think he’s doing it for the wrong reasons. When people do things for the wrong reasons, they always wind up getting hurt.”
To conclude the press conference, the pair also had an incredibly long face off. Both men just locked eyes for several minutes, even when being instructed to face the media and pose for photos.
Their first bout was a back-and-forth instant classic that ended in a draw back in December 2018. The second was a more one-sided affair, with Fury scoring multiple knockdowns and winning by 7th round TKO to hand Wilder the first loss of his career.