Deontay Wilder once broke mascot’s jaw with punch during live TV appearance

Deontay Wilder once broke a mascot's jaw with a punch during a live television appearance in Spain ahead of his first fight with Tyson Fury.

Appearing on Spanish channel Nacion ESPN in 2018 before their first meeting, Wilder decked the show's mascot with a punch after also trash talking a dummy he pretended was Fury.

The first fight between the pair in December 2018 finished in a draw before Fury won via a seventh round technical knockout in their rematch in February last year.

The heavyweights will now contest their trilogy bout in Las Vegas this Saturday as Fury looks to defend his world titles.

At the time of Wilder's appearance on Spanish television, it was reported that he was not aware there was an actual person inside the mascot's costume when he threw the punch.

However, Wilder shut these rumours down after the incident as he explained: "Anything headlining I didn't know a 'human being' was in there is just straight 'clickbaiting' like come on now.

"I guess the mascot rolled out there. Show so [sic] respect!

"I sincerely apologize to the brave man that was injured (if this is true) I have the up most high respect for him, his participation, willingness and courage.

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"If this is true I personally would like to invite him to my Dec 1 fight. Word is bond."

As for his bizarre trash talking of a dummy, Wilder shouted: “I’m gonna beat you, you little Gypsy King.

"I'ma knock you out. I can't wait 'til December 1st. The people is in for a treat.

"I said I was gonna knock you out. I've just got one question. When I knock your body on the canvas, which foot do you want me to step over you with? The right or the left?

"I'll let you decide."

Ultimately, Wilder failed to knock Fury out, despite knocking the Gypsy King down in the 12th round before Fury beat the count to stay in the fight and see out a draw.

14 months later, Fury produced a dominant display as he saw off Wilder in the seventh round via a technical knockout.

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