Tyson Fury calls Deontay Wilder 'weak' as row erupts at press conference
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The volatile build-up to the heavyweight title clash between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder has taken another twist after the latter complained about the gloves the British fighter is using for their trilogy bout. The American was stopped by Fury in the pair’s last bout in February 2020, but has since accused ‘The Gypsy King’ of cheating and having “something the size and the shape of an egg weight,” in his gloves.
Fury has been dismissive of the claims, and has now riled up ‘The Bronze Bomber’ further by opting to use exactly the same make this time around.
During the mandatory glove inspection with Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) officials on Friday, Wilder’s team complained over the horse hair that is used as padding inside Fury’s gloves.
Both fighters have been given four pairs of the same gloves to choose from, with one glove from each set cut open by officials in order to prove that nothing untoward has been inserted into gloves, and that all padding is legitimate.
Fury’s gloves have been deemed acceptable but Wilder still isn’t satisfied, claiming the horse hair allows Fury to separate it if he squeezes his gloves together, therefore reducing the amount of padding.
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“We had a little situation with the gloves,” the 35-year-old told 78SportsTV. “I already got word of some funny stuff going on.
“When I got into the room I immediately asked about the gloves and was telling them about certain things that happened in the first event with his gloves being funny, how they were bending and folding, even showing certain clips of it.
“They (NASC officials) said they’ve been around boxing 25, 30 years, everybody feels since they’ve been around it they are some type of expert.
“But if you haven’t put a glove on and hit someone in the face to understand what type of damage it could do, or how mechanically a glove can work, it’s 25, 30 years down the toilet. You can cut open a glove all day and look inside and still not know what’s going on.”
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Wilder didn’t stop there, going as far to explain his theory and admitting to trying to “educate” officials on the matter.
“What happened was Fury’s glove that he’s chosen, which is the same thing he had last time, had little to no padding. The rest of it was horse hair, we thought horse hair was illegal and out of the question but they said it was (alright), so we said cool,” he continued.
“They opened up my glove and my glove padding is at least two to three inches thick. His glove looks like they’ve already been used, already folded, bended, like they’ve been thrown in the trash and got back out and say, ‘we’re gonna reuse these’.
Wilder also revealed that he has changed his gloves and will be using a pair of Everlast MX as he bids to beat Fury, 33, for the first time in three attempts.
“Everybody knows about the MX, those are puncher’s gloves, when they first came out I was breaking eye sockets, breaking wrists, I even broke my hand a couple of times but I think my hand wraps were too tight and I have so much power that all that force was going in one place and cracking my own hands. So I went back to my old MX to be on fair playing ground,” he added.
“We got it all situated. We’re back at it, I’m very happy with what’s going on with the gloves. Since they want little to no padding in the gloves, we’re going to have the same thing and may the best man win.”
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