The best moments from Tyson Fury's rivalry with Deontay Wilder

Fury v Wilder’s greatest moments: Tyson ‘rose from the dead’ and licked his rival’s blood while Deontay spat crazy excuses, sacked his coach, claimed conspiracy then sulked in silence… so what next in trilogy fight?

  • Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder should finally put their rivalry to bed next month  
  • First fight took place in December 2018 and it has been a chaotic three years 
  • The antics of both men inside and outside of the ring have kept fans entertained 
  • Fury’s astonishing rise from the canvas in the 12th round was unforgettable
  • While Wilder’s reaction to defeat was to make embarrassing excuses
  • Here are the top moments from Fury and Wilder’s rivalry ahead of the third fight  

Heavyweight boxing history is littered with legendary rivalries but few have churned out the kind of pinch-me moments or bizarre antics as Tyson Fury’s with Deontay Wilder. 

Both men are naturally gifted entertainers, despite the American shrinking into his shell since losing their rematch, and fans have been glued to the feud for three years. 

Fury’s first real test of his comeback came against the heavy-handed Bronze Bomber back in 2018 and it produced one of the most-shared viral moments of the year – more on that later. 

Tyson Fury beat Wilder via technical knockout last February and their rivalry has been intense for almost three years since the first encounter in 2018

The controversial draw was followed by a Fury beatdown in Las Vegas but both men made headlines for their behaviour outside the ring as much as inside the ropes. 

On October 9, the grudge will finally be put to bed with a trilogy showdown and this eventful chapter in both men’s careers should be closed.  

With that in mind, Sportsmail takes a look back at the most memorable moments in Fury and Wilder’s rivalry. 

A 10-8 win at the press conference

The build-up to the first fight was chaotic and Wilder was a different animal back then. He refused to take a backward step and it made for the kind of soap opera antics promoters love to build up interest. 

During one TV appearance both men were separated by security as they yelled at each other and things turned physical again at another press conference with Wilder shoving his opponent. 

A scuffle on stage in New York sent two security guards tumbling to the ground while Fury shouted: ‘I’m born ready.’

Fury claimed to have won the press conference 10-8 prior to their first meeting in the ring 

Security guards had to intervene as Fury and Wilder tried to get to one another 

Afterwards he said: ‘That was a 10-8 round out there. I saw fear in his eye and his backside was flapping. 

‘He came here today to be cool, calm and collected to make a joke of things but I didn’t come here to joke. I’m here to get in his mind and put it right on him and I’ve done it over three dates. 

‘I’ve won every single competition. The mind games are mine, I am the master of the mind.’ 

That mental warfare provided the backdrop to the first fight and no doubt drew in plenty of the 775,000-pay-per-view buys.  

Fury rises from the dead

He was out. Gone. Caput. It was almost enough to make you mistrust your eyes when Fury, lying flat on his back having absorbed what had to be a killer blow, somehow rose again. 

In the twelfth round, Wilder showed his famed punching power with a straight right and left hook combination. 

He was shimmying around in celebration, lapping up the adulation of the crowd before turning around to see the Gipsy King on his feet again. 

Not only that, but after the American had swung for the fences, Fury came back to have the better of the final round. 

It was a wild end to one of the best fights in recent memory.  

Fury looked out for the count but somehow managed to drag himself back into the fight 

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Afterwards, Wilder said: ‘Here I am with the big boom-boom, finally got him, come with the right hand and the right hand gave me momentum for the left hook.

‘Put him on the canvas, I’m celebrating, kisses to the wife and I turn around and here’s the Gypsy King rising from the dead.’

Fury reflected to ESPN: ‘It was like being turned off like a light switch. I didn’t feel any pain. There was no feeling. It was just on and off. That was it. 

‘I rose from the canvas like a Phoenix from the ashes and got back into it. He hit me with arguably the two best punches he has ever thrown in his career, and it didn’t do any good. I just got back up.’

Only Fury would see the press conference into an opportunity to spark a sing-a-long but having gone 12 rounds, that’s exactly what he did. 

Fortunately for the journalists assembled it was the two-minute version of American Pie rather than the eight-minute one. 

Freddie Roach looked completely bemused on stage and trainer Ben Davison joined promoter Frank Warren in half-heartedly mouthing the words. 

And that was that, Fury wrapped up the press conference after giving his lungs their second work-out of the evening.  

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The tables turned 

The highly-anticipated second fight went almost exactly as Fury had anticipated and he put on a masterclass. 

A huge right hand towards the end of the third round was the first time Wilder had touched the canvas in either fight. 

It had been coming and the American already looked as though he was out of ideas against a far more aggressive version of the Gipsy King. 

Fury then delivered another heavy right hand to knock Wilder down again but this time he was saved by the bell. A body shot in the fifth had the Alabama native down once again. 

Fury was monstrous in the second fight and completely dismantled the power puncher 

In the seventh, after Wilder had been stumbling around unsteadily every round since the third, the towel was thrown in to rescue him from further punishment.

Incredibly, the TV cameras also picked up Fury licking Wilder’s blood from his neck during the sixth round. 

Fury told ESPN: ‘In a pre-fight interview I said I would taste Deontay Wilder’s blood this time. 

‘I had an opportunity in round six so I had to taste his blood to see what my prey would taste like.

‘I was the hunter that night; I was the lion and he was the gazelle and I took him down.’ 

In a quite remarkable moment in their second fight, Fury licked Wilder’s blood off his neck

Wilder’s ridiculous excuses 

It was amusing for a while to see the level of delusion in Wilder as he pulled out a host of ludicrous excuses for losing. 

By the end he was just inviting more ridicule. At first, he said his specially made costume for the ring walk sapped his energy before the fight. 

He then claimed his now ex-trainer Mark Breland had spiked his water, arguing: ‘I told Jay, “I believe Mark did something to my water”. I’m telling you brother, I know how I felt in that ring. That wasn’t me. If people understood how I felt in that m**********r and what I was able to do, under all that pressure and s*** that was going on with me, man, they look at me today and salute me every time they see me.’

Next he alleged that Fury had put egg weights or similar inside of his gloves, saying: ‘I saw in the first fight when Ricky Hatton was pulling down your gloves to put your fist in the improper position,’ Wilder said.

Wilder blamed the weight of his ostentatious ring-walk costume for feeling fatigued 

‘You tried the same method the second time but this time you scratched flesh out of my ears which caused them to bleed.

‘It’s impossible for a brand new 10oz glove to bend or to have loose space. I highly believe you had something hard in your glove, something the size and the shape of an egg-weight. It’s the reason why the side of my face swelled up in an egg-weight form. And it left a dent in my face as well.’

He then claimed Fury’s fingernails were the reason his ears were bleeding: ‘I haven’t yet heard valid proof of how gloves flap all the way back, why your hands were in the middle of the glove, why did my ear have scratches deep inside my ear? Because of your (Fury’s) nails,’ Wilder told Brian Custer on The Last Stand PodCast. 

A classic excuse is to blame the referee and of course Wilder had a pop at Kenny Bayliss too. 

Fury landed power punches with regularity before the towel came in in the seventh round 

He added: ‘Bayless had come in my dressing room, looked me in my eyes and said if I hit Fury in the back of the head – a rabbit punch – or hit off of the break, he would disqualify me or deduct two points from me.

‘I guess those rules just applied to me because they didn’t apply to my opponent.’

Last but not least, Wilder said he had a bicep injury in the fight that prevented him from competing at his best level.  

The silent treatment  

The loud, proud Deontay Wilder was a shadow of himself at the first press conference to promote the trilogy fight. 

In fact, he refused to engage at all with the man who had beaten him so convincingly months earlier. 

The American sat down with his headphones on and blanked any attempts from Fury to speak to him, leaving the Gypsy King to carry the event on his own. 

Wilder later explained: ‘I just mean business, I didn’t come here to play around.

Wilder (left) allowed his new trainer Malik Scott (right) to do almost all of the talking for him  at the press conference promoting the trilogy fight 

‘I’m strictly business when it comes to this fight. I’ll let him do the circus, let him promote it and do it.

‘And see, can he hold up that end of the bargain? Because I don’t think he can.

‘He looked for me to entertain and he was like my partner in crime, I’m Batman, he’s Robin.

‘But now I’ll let him do his thing and see how entertaining he will be. It’s the same old, same old.

‘I couldn’t hear nothing, I didn’t wanna (hear) nothing. It ain’t nothing for me to hear.’ 

The six-minute face off

After Wilder’s refusal to speak, he shared a very intense staredown with Fury on stage that lasted six minutes. 

Fury went back-and-forth with Wilder’s new trainer Malik Scott but his opponent kept his headphones on throughout. 

Fury interpreted the refusal to engage as weakness and the proof will be the pudding. 

Will it be the same one-sided show as last time or has Wilder been able to build himself back up to hand Fury the first defeat of his career on October 9? 

Fury and Wilder had one of the longest face-offs ever back in June this year 




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