Tyson Fury will have a second shot at winning the WBC heavyweight belt when he rematches Deontay Wilder tonight but former undisputed world champion Roddick Bowe has been told he is not welcome at the MGM Grand.
A host of sports stars and celebrities will descend on Las Vegas for the biggest fight of the year to date.
Fury was controversially denied a win when the pair first went to blows in December 2018.
But since then the Gypsy King has teamed up with Top Rank chief Bob Arum in a blockbuster deal to break into the American market.
However, the promoter lost his cool during a phone call with Bowe’s manager Eli Karabell, who wanted his 52-year-old fighter to take on Fury next, despite not dominating the heavyweight division since the 1990s.
“Mr Bob Arum just called both Mr Bowe and me ‘Pr***’ on the phone regarding the Tyson Fury fight proposal,” Karabell told World Boxing News.
“He also said that we are banned from the Wilder vs Fury fight, which he is co-promoting.
“Mr Arum said that I am a ‘pr***’ and Mr Bowe is a ‘pr***’. The also said that we are three-fifths of men.”
Meanwhile, Fury’s former trainer Ben Davison reckon the 31-year-old’s weight gain will be a big benefit.
“Think Wilder coming in heavier is advantage to Tyson,” he said.
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“He can punch at any weight, added weight will slow him down and fatigue him quicker he’s an explosive type athlete not an endurance built athlete.”
But Fury’s father John reckons it was Davison’ who was holding his son back.
“I’ve never seen him as bad,” John Fury said in the BT Sport Studio for the fight.
“He looked weight-drained, he looked like he’d left it all in the gym to be honest with you.
“From the second round on there was no snap, there was no real movement, there was no real thought going into his work.
“It was just a laboured performance, and then the good happened, he’s a lucky man to get the win to be honest, very lucky indeed.”
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