Deontay Wilder wasn’t in a mood to answer questions during a press conference ahead of his third fight with Tyson Fury.
In fact, he said just 54 words in total during the event that lasted just over half an hour.
During the press conference, Wilder spoke just once. He made a 26-second statement that addressed his fight with Fury and claimed there would be “blood shed” during his third fight against Fury.
“I’d like to thank my lord and savior Jesus Christ. I’d like to thank my amazing team, and I’d like to thank my amazing legal team as well,” Wilder said. “Look, enough said. Time to cut off his head. Come July the 24th, there will be blood shed. Get your tickets now. I’ll see you soon.”
After that, Wilder clammed up. Wilder’s new trainer Malik Scott answered every question from Crystina Poncher after that. And that drew the ire of Fury, who referred to the press conference as one-sided and called Wilder weak.
“It shows how weak of a mental person he is and how much of the beating from the last fight has took an emotional, physical effect on his life,” Fury said. “I was worried about Deontay Wilder for quite a while after the defeat that I gave him.”
Scott pushed back at Fury’s comments, but Wilder remained silent, as his noise-canceling headphones shielded him from Fury’s words. All in all, the press conference was a massive departure from the one ahead of their last fight, which saw a shoving match break out between the two boxers.
Wilder lost to Fury after that press conference, the lone defeat of his boxing career in 44 chances (42-1-1). The draw also came against Fury, so perhaps Wilder trying to change things up ahead of his third clash with the 6-9 Brit.
Meanwhile, Fury is confident that he will be able to continue hitting Wilder hard and thinks that he’ll dispatch the “one-trick pony” fairly easily.
“I’m going to run him over as if I’m an 18-wheeler and he’s a human being. I guarantee you he does not go past where he went before,” Fury said. “Before, I only had five or six weeks of practicing what I’m going to do to him. This time, I had 18 months of practicing what I’m gonna do to him.
“So, I anticipate it’s gonna be like an 18-wheeler running over somebody. That’s what you’re gonna see.”