WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder says his recent trip to Belfast to watch Tyson Fury included genuine tension between the pair.
Wilder sat ringside to witness Fury defeat Francesco Pianeta with ease at Windsor Park. Before going head-to-head with Fury, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ had been involved in a fracas with a friend of the ‘Gypsy King’ Billy Joe Saunders.
Feelings were certainly heightened when Wilder and Fury shared the ring in the aftermath, and the American told Sirius XM Boxing Radio the beef was real.
Randy: “You guys got in front of each other. You yelled at each other a little bit. He pushed you. If you really didn’t like him, I think you would have dropped him on the spot. What was going on with that?”
Wilder: “You know, I just want to let people know something. Whatever we do, even if it may seem a certain way, because we have so many guys that don’t know how to do this naturally, they don’t know how to talk or promote.
“I don’t know how to do that without looking skeptical or sketchy. You know what, you guys don’t have to worry about that. None of our stuff is made up. This is not preplanned.
“It will be interesting for me to say I am going to do business with you to get this. I’ll go off of the energy. I want to be excited about it.
“I go off of the smelling of it. You know the emotion of the people. I want to see what happens, so what we say is real. What we do is real.
“With Fury, I wasn’t serious, but in that whole trip, I conducted myself like a champion,” he added.
DEONTAY WILDER in Vegas
Wilder v Fury is slated to take place in Las Vegas this coming December. The fight will be broadcast on Showtime PPV and BT Sports Box Office.
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