Tyson Fury ‘absolutely wounded’ by Anthony Joshua’s loss to Oleksandr Usyk
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Mike Tyson has previously warned Deontay Wilder that he will struggle against Tyson Fury if the American cannot overcome the battle against himself, and it’s certainly something to keep an eye out for next weekend. The American faces the Gypsy King in the third instalment of their trilogy in Las Vegas on October 9.
Fury was reportedly set to fight Anthony Joshua in what would have been a gargantuan all-British clash for the title of undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
However, Wilder won an arbitration case after it came to light that Fury was contracted to fight the American for a third time.
Despite members of Fury’s camp suggesting the clause had expired, a court ruled in favour of the American.
Neither Wilder nor Fury have fought since their last bout in February 2020, when the Gypsy King defeated the Bronze Bomber via TKO in Las Vegas.
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Their first fight – back in December 2018 – ended in a controversial draw despite fans and critics alike believing Fury had done enough to secure the win.
The defeat last time out was Wilder’s first loss of his career and the 34-year-old conjured up a number of excuses for the stoppage result.
Wilder sensationally claimed his ring walk outfit was too heavy and physically drained the boxer, leading to his defeat – and ‘Iron’ Tyson understands the Bronze Bomber’s reaction.
But the former undisputed heavyweight champion believes Wilder must overcome his personal battle if he is to defeat Fury and draw level.
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“I don’t know anything about beating Fury in the third fight,” Tyson told Yahoo Sports back in 2020. “In order for him to do that, he’s gonna have to beat himself in life.
“He’s his biggest opponent at this moment in life. He is not gonna stand a chance with Fury if he doesn’t beat himself.”
Tyson offered advice to Wilder as he believes the former champion has a similar attitude to a younger version of himself.
“Wilder’s stuff’s a lot of energy that I once had,” the 55-year-old said. “We have to be able to accept our mistakes, stand up and say, ‘Hey, I messed up, the best man won.’
“We can’t be consumed with our egos. Nobody was more consumed with their ego than me.
“We always look for excuses when we lose and say, ‘Well I couldn’t lose, there must’ve been a mistake, somebody had to cheat me.’
“So we have to look at the perspective that a loss is a form of education.”
Fury defends his world heavyweight championship against Wilder in the third instalment of their grudge trilogy in Las Vegas on October 9.
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