Building up to the rematch taking place on February 22nd, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury continued their war of words Saturday Afternoon in Los Angeles.
The second presser held at Fox Studio lot, which the studio shows for “Premier Boxing Champions on Fox” originates, held these two together that aired before FOX kicked off the “Inside Wilder-Fury II” shoulder programming to promote the joint pay-per-view between FOX and ESPN.
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Hosted by Heidi Androl, this presser was a lot more civil and television-friendly than the first one that aired on Youtube earlier in the month. Part of that made it charming as it was to appeal to a mainstream fanbase and showed that behind all of the trash talk was two fighters who respect each other. Trash talk that both of these two have been saying since their controversial split drawback in 2018 at Staples Center.
This was a complete 360 degrees on that as this whole presser showed both fighters giving compliment sandwiches.
“For me, I consider Tyson a breath of fresh air. A lot of other guys don’t want to open their mouth, let loose and have fun. It’s a dangerous sport…we have to enjoy what we do,” Wilder said about Fury and his trash-talking.
Fury exchanged pleasantries to Wilder as well, stating, “Even if I hate this guy, I have to respect this guy. He’s got amazing power. We’re going to put it all on the line for the fans. The fans are the winner here.”
These two exchanging these niceties given their history reads like a Disney cartoon. All of this gets tossed out with the baby and the bathwater in Las Vegas once the bell rings. That point was made as well when asked about why they think they’ll win.
“Anything that can be hit, I’m going to hit. That warrior in me, that king mentality…I fight with the ancestors,” Wilder stated.
“We’re giant heavyweights. Statistics don’t lie. He’s a bigger puncher than me. But nobody can match me with heart and determination,” Fury said about his chances of winning.
I enjoyed the changeup of this, even though looking for a soundbite for this one out of these two didn’t happen on television. Outside of seeing ESPN personalities on FOX, if you missed this one, you didn’t miss much. They both held court afterward that will more than likely be a little more boisterous than what aired.