Newly-crowned WBC Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury continues to celebrate his upset win over Deontay Wilder Saturday night in Las Vegas. And on Tuesday, he completed the long journey back from the Western United States to the U.K. to be with his home region fans.
The media and public was there Tuesday Morning London time, as Fury returned to Heathrow Airport to a “Conquering Hero’s Welcome”:
— Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) February 25, 2020
Fury stopped briefly to speak with the media and the throng of adoring fans, including taking pictures and signing a couple of autographs before heading off to continue enjoying his win.
It is believed that Fury will make several public and media appearances in Britain over the next few days after recapturing a portion of the Heavyweight Championship.
The 31-year old put on an impressive show with his 7th round TKO over the previously unbeaten Wilder. Thus, Fury avenged the draw that the two fought to in December of 2018, which is the only blemish on Fury’s undefeated 31-0-1 professional record.
As for Wilder, he’s now making excuses about his first professional loss, including this item that our Marquis Johns wrote about Monday night. Wilder has now given multiple media interviews saying that the costume and mascot-like head gear that he wore for the ring walk weighed some 40+ lb. and affected his legs for the fight.
Wilder went on to tell Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports that he is getting rid of former World Welterweight champion, co-trainer Mark Breland. This after Breland threw a towel into the ring in the middle of the seventh round wanting the fight to be stopped. Wilder told Iole,
“I am upset with Mark for the simple fact that we’ve talked about this many times and it’s not emotional,” Wilder said. “It is not an emotional thing, it’s a principal thing. We’ve talked about this situation many, many years before this even happened. I said as a warrior, as a champion, as a leader, as a ruler, I want to go out on my shield. If I’m talking about going in and killing a man, I respect the same way. I abide by the same principal of receiving.
Wilder was seen by the ESPN/Fox PPV cameras saying twice “Why did you do that? Why did you do that?” to Breland after he threw the towel in. And, referee Kenny Bayless pointed to it while stopping the fight midway through the seventh round.
Breland has been in Wilder’s corner throughout his championship career spanning the last six years. Wilder is also trained by Jay Deas, the man who owns the boxing gym in Tuscalooosa, Alabama where Wilder learned and blossomed into a world champ, after taking up the sport in the late 2000s.
Back to Fury, he also made a corner change firing his trainer Ben Davison last December and replacing him with “Sugar Hill” Steward, the nephew of the late Hall of Fame trainer Emmanuel Steward. Sugar Hill Steward and Fury came into the rematch Saturday considerably (15 lb.) heavier and he tactically used his weight to wrestle and lean on Wilder repeatedly in clinches.
It was a tactic that was allowed by Bayless and proved effective in helping wear Wilder down for the eventual stoppage.
It is expected that Wilder will invoke the automatic rematch clause for third fight between the two, perhaps in July.
For now? It’s “party time” for Fury and his British fans.