Throwback: When Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury went nose-to-nose, traded verbals in the ring
It was January 2016 and Deontay Wilder had just blasted out Artur Szpilka in the ninth round after initially struggling to work out the Pole’s style.
Upon successfully defending his WBC belt for the third time, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ was confronted by then unified champion Tyson Fury who’d made the trip to New York especially to check out his big rival.
Fury was just a few weeks into his own reign having dethroned Wladimir Klitschko in Germany the previous November and was in confident mood when taking to the microphone, half in jest.
Wilder responded though as both men went face-to-face, mutually agreeing to a future meeting that ultimately failed to materialize due to outside of the ring problems for Fury.
Whilst Wilder has gone on to make two more defenses of his championship, Fury hasn’t fought since and is no longer recognised as the number one heavyweight on the planet.
Kicking off the incident in question, Fury belted out: ‘There’s only one Tyson Fury!’ before asking Wilder, ‘What have you got to say about that, Deontay?”
Wilder responded: “We all know you’re just a phony, man. This is just an act. You know where I am. You know what time. I ain’t scared of nobody and I’ll come to your backyard for that my man,” then leaning in to eventually find himself nose-to-nose with Fury.
“Anytime, any place, anywhere. I’ll fight you in your back garden. I’ll beat you like Klitschko. You’re a bum!” Fury fired back as both fighters pushed their faces into each other in an explosive moment that looked as though it could go off at any second.
Removing his waistcoat and wanting to go right there and then, Fury threatened to steal the limelight from Wilder as the American continued his interview.
Watch the footage courtesy of Showtime Boxing