Beating Wilder again ain’t rocket science, says Fury
By Norm Frauenheim –
Tyson Fury, corner philosopher and street pugilist, has no illusions about what he does for a living.
“It’s not rocket science,” he said.
Sometimes it’s not even soft science.
That brings us to Fury’s third fight with Deontay Wilder on October 9 for Fury’s heavyweight title at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The long-awaited third chapter of the heavyweight trilogy is a lot. There is resentment, gossip, cheap drama, a bit of mystery, and an element of risk. The theatricality makes it interesting.
But the science, the rockets or the candy, aren’t a big part of the show. It may have to wait, perhaps for a Fury-Oleksandr Usyk fight in a division lit to its heavy head last Saturday by Usyk’s skillful upset against Anthony Joshua in London.
Usyk took Joshua’s belt collection, scoring a unanimous decision in a stun that some say puts him atop the heavyweight ranks, ahead of even Fury, the World Boxing Council champion who also claims the linear title.
Fury, who knows a lot more about The Sweet Science than rockets, isn’t ready to step down or step down for anyone. There, no surprise.
“Not a man born to his mother can beat me,” he said Wednesday in a zoom call with reporters.
No comment from Usyk’s mother, yet. But you get the idea.
Usyk, who is awaiting a contract rematch with Joshua, is on Fury’s horizon and will stay there if there isn’t a single misstep that will allow Wilder to land his right hand. The power in this Wilder law is frightening.
“I only have one fight in mind and that’s Deontay Wilder, the most dangerous heavyweight in the world right now,” Fury said.
The danger is there, okay. He nearly finished Fury in their first fight in December 2018, when Fury stood up twice in a draw. Fury survived power. Remembers it. Understands it too.
He neutralized him in an embarrassing rout from Wilder in February 2020, forcing Wilder’s corner to throw in the towel after more than six rounds. Then Fury predicted what he would do and how he would do it. As powerful as that power is, it’s the one thing Wilder has had throughout his 44-fight career (42-1-1, 41 KOs).
Wilder has since switched corners, firing Mark Breland and hiring Malik Scott. But a new wedge, Fury says, won’t change Wilder’s foundational character or add to his one-dimensional skills.
“It’s been so long since that last fight that he could’ve gotten a college degree around that time,” Fury said in a crack that suggested he was convinced the same Wilder would be there when the bell opened for payment by ESPN / Fox. see fight.
Wilder’s careful whipping against Wilder in their rematch was a simple fundamental geometry task. Fury went straight for him, suffocating him with his 6-foot-9 frame and robbing him of the space he needed to leverage that dreaded right hand.
The simple move stripped Wilder of his only weapon. More than that, it stripped him of his identity. It wasn’t science. It was the art of psychology, an art Fury seems to be practicing in the days leading up to the bell opening next week.
Wilder never admitted that he lost the rematch. He blamed Breland. He blamed a suit which he said weakened him in the march to the ring. He suggested that Fury’s gloves were loaded. He forgot to mention the grassy mound. Lots of plots, but no responsibility.
“He didn’t accept defeat,” Fury said. “Therefore, he cannot overcome it.
Sometimes common sense is the best kind of science.