Deontay Wilder has been slammed by boxing legend Roy Jones Jr for claiming Tyson Fury isn’t the true WBC heavyweight champion. The American’s five-year reign atop of the WBC’s heavyweight rankings came to a spectacular end in February at the hands of ‘The Gypsy King’.
Wilder suffered a seventh-round TKO loss in front of a sold-out crowd at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena, with his corner mercifully throwing in the towel at the 1:39 mark.
The Olympic bronze medallist was quick to give Fury his dues after his first professional defeat but has since refused to accept the loss.
In fact, the Alabama native still sees himself as the owner of the infamous WBC title, saying: “That night, I wasn’t myself.
“There’s a lot of things I can’t say. We can only get stronger and learn from the situation and get better.
JUST IN: Anthony Joshua predicts outcome of Tyson Fury unification fight
He beat you and took you out for your title, so how can you say he’s not a real champion?
Roy Jones Jr on Deontay Wilder
“In my eyes, I don’t see Fury as a champion. It’s still going. He ain’t the champion yet. We still got one more fight left.”
Wilder’s assertion that Fury isn’t a true champion has perplexed Jones Jr, with the former four-weight champion telling IFL TV: “You can’t call him nothing but a real champion.
“The guy beat you, you fought a seven-round fight and a 12-round fight, that’s 19 rounds and the guy probably won 14 or 15 of the 19 rounds, so how can you say he’s not a real champion?
“He beat you and took you out for your title, so how can you say he’s not a real champion?”
Manny Pacquiao coach Freddie Roach gives verdict on Floyd Mayweather
Regis Prograis misses boxing and the beach – EXCLUSIVE
Tyson Fury responds to Deontay Wilder ‘champion’ dig with putdown
Fury didn’t take kindly to Wilder’s comments and hit back ‘The Bronze Bomber’ on Instagram Thursday morning.
“Keep letting your self down, Deontay Wilder,” Fury wrote. “It’s sad.
“It was you I smashed that’s the truth. Just admit it and move on, it’s just a fight you win some you lose some that’s boxing pal.”
Wilder and Fury are set to renew their rivalry later this year after the former activated his the trilogy fight clause placed in his contract to rematch the Brit.
The third instalment of Fury vs Wilder was expected to take place in Las Vegas on July 18.
The coronavirus outbreak, however, has laid waste to those plans and has seen the fight postponed until October.
A date for the bout has not yet been announced, although it’s been reported the pair will trade blows on October 3.
Source: Read Full Article