Tyson Fury’s game plan for undisputed world title clash with Anthony Joshua

Tyson Fury's trainer insists the newly-crowned heavyweight world champion will not change his tactics for a potential clash with Anthony Joshua.

Fury stunned Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas 10 days ago by adopting an aggressive front-foot style to dominate the American and relieve him of his world title.

Much of the credit for the Brit's change of tactics went to new trainer SugarHill Steward who took over from Ben Davison just two months before the rematch.

Should Fury overcome Wilder for a second time in their trilogy fight this summer, and if Joshua defends his belts against Kubrat Pulev, the two domestic rivals could clash late this year for all four belts.

And Hill sees no reason why Fury should change his tactics.

"Why do anything different?" he told Sky Sports. "This is what I believe in wholeheartedly, the Kronk style.

"So many guys have won with that style. It is a proven method over decades and thousands of successful fights, it isn’t just something that has been made up.

"We will find out when that fight is made. Nobody has to believe us. It isn’t about talking, it’s about actions."

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Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will fight for a third time

The third fight is on! Tyson Fury’s promoter CONFIRMS Deontay Wilder has activated the clause that allows the defeated American to try and win his titles back from the Gypsy King

  • Deontay Wilder has triggered rematch clause and will fight Tyson Fury again
  • Fury’s promoter in the US, Bob Arum, says fight will be in the ‘middle of July’
  • British fighter took Wilder’s WBC heavyweight title in Las Vegas last weekend
  • After first fight ended in a draw, they will meet for the third time in the summer 
  • Arum also warned Anthony Joshua not to underestimate Kubrat Pulev
  • The 30-year-old Brit is set to fight the Bulgarian in London over the summer  

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury will complete their trilogy after the Wilder camp officially triggered his rematch clause.

Fury’s promoter in the United States, Bob Arum, confirmed the heavyweight rivals will meet again in July.

Arum told Ringside Reporter: ‘Wilder and his representatives formally notified us last night that they have accepted the rematch and are going forward.

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder are set to fight for a third time in the ‘middle of July’

Fury celebrates his brilliant seventh round stoppage of Wilder in Las Vegas last Saturday

Wilder and Fury are now set to fight for a third time this summer after the clause was triggered 

‘It’s going to happen in the summer, before the Olympics. Middle of July.’ 

The pair drew their first fight in 2018 before Fury stopped Wilder in the seventh round to win the WBC heavyweight title in Las Vegas last Saturday.

Wilder had 30 days to call for a rematch and now his camp have ‘formally notified’ their intention for the deposed world champion to step into the ring with Fury for a third time this summer.  

It will delay the prospect of an all-British heavyweight unification fight between Fury and Anthony Joshua, who holds three belts.

Joshua is now expected to fight the Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev in a mandatory IBF bout in London in June. 

Wilder, 34, came out with a string of excuses for his defeat to Fury, the most bizarre of which was his 45lb ring walk costume, that apparently ‘weakened’ his legs.

Wilder had previously blamed the weight of his ring walk outfit for his poor performance

He was also thrown off balance by a cut in his ear and was left furious at his trainer Mark Breland for throwing in the towel in the seventh round.

Breland, who has worked with Wilder since he entered the professional ranks in 2008, was sacked as a result of his decision. 

Wilder had issued a very strong hint that he would trigger the rematch clause in a video posted on social media on Saturday.

He promised to ‘rise like a phoenix from the ashes and regain the title’.

Wilder added: ‘Your king is here and I’m not going anywhere, for the way has just begun.

‘I’m a king that will never give up and will fight to the death. I am a warrior, I am strong and I will be back.’ 

Wilder has vowed ‘the war has just begun’ following his defeat by Fury  last weekend

The Bronze Bomber was battered from pillar to post in a resounding defeat in Las Vegas


In a 90-second video clip, Wilder said he will ‘rise like a phoenix from the ashes’ to regain belt

Arum also works with Pulev and warned Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn that the Bulgarian will be the one fighting Fury at the end of the year.

He said: ‘I told Eddie Hearn, I said “stop looking at a Tyson Fury fight this year. You’ve got to fight Pulev in June and Joshua is going to get knocked on his a***.

‘I guarantee you that Pulev will knockout Joshua like Tyson Fury knocked out Wilder.

‘So, yes, I will look to make a Pulev-Fury fight to unify all the belts by the end of the year, but Mr Hearn will have nothing to do with it.’  

However, Arum added: ‘If Joshua beats Pulev and Fury beats Wilder, then why not do a Joshua-Fury fight at the end of the year.

‘And we would certainly then sit with Eddie and work it out. So everybody is saying the same thing. But again, these fights have to play out first.’ 

 

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Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev date and venue confirmed as rivals sign deal

Anthony Joshua will make the next defence of his world heavyweight titles against Kubrat Pulev at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 20.

Bulgarian boxer Pulev is Joshua's mandatory challenger for his IBF world heavyweight title, and the Brit will also place his WBA and WBO titles on the line.

Joshua won back his titles by beating Andy Ruiz Jr on points in their rematch in December.

It will be the first time Joshua has fought on British soil since beating Alexander Povetkin at Wembley in September 2018.

Joshua said: "On June 20, I am defending my heavyweight world titles.

"I’m back in my home city after some time away [and] a spectacular stadium has been built in north London and I’m honoured to bring the boxing community from all over the world to witness us make history with the stadium’s first heavyweight world title fight.

"The belts go back up in the air and nothing will stop me from being victorious."

“The contract is already officially signed,” Pulev wrote on his Facebook page.

“I am happy to be able to show the world how strong I am.”

Pulev fought for the IBF title in 2014 when he was knocked out by then-champion Wladimir Klitschko in the fifth round in Hamburg.


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Deontay Wilder to sack coach who threw in the towel against Tyson Fury

Deontay Wilder will part company with coach Mark Breland after he threw in the towel in the seventh round of his defeat by Tyson Fury. 

Breland has been widely praised for his decision as Wilder took a beating in the corner of the ring having been dropped twice earlier in the fight

But head trainer Jay Deas later said he disagreed with the move – and Wilder has backed up his cornerman.

After confirming he will exercise his right to a trilogy fight with Fury, Wilder revealed he is ready to change his coaching team.

"I am upset with Mark for the simple fact that we’ve talked about this many times and it’s not emotional,” Wilder told Yahoo.

"It is not an emotional thing, it’s a principal thing. We’ve talked about this situation many, many years before this even happened. I said as a warrior, as a champion, as a leader, as a ruler, I want to go out on my shield. If I’m talking about going in and killing a man, I respect the same way. I abide by the same principal of receiving.

"So I told my team to never, ever, no matter what it may look like, to never throw the towel in with me because I’m a special kind. I still had five rounds left. No matter what it looked like, I was still in the fight.

"I understand he was looking out for me and trying to do what he felt was right, but this is my life and my career and he has to accept my wishes."


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Cerrone challenges troll to fight at his home after McGregor loss

Donald Cerrone has invited a troll to challenge him at his home after the UFC star was criticised for his performance against Conor McGregor.

Cerrone was stopped in just 40 seconds by McGregor last month as the Irishman returned to the octagon for the first time in 14 months.

Since then fans have suggested the fight was fixed – something Cerrone has vehemently denied.

And following the latest round of criticism, the veteran called on the trolls to back up their words.

One posted on Instagram: "Maybe it's time you started a new career…like driving snow scooters…because clearly fighting is not something for you."

Cerrone replied: "Tell ya what, I live at 6 Kalma Lane, Edgewood, NN 87015. Come on down to the ranch and try your luck with someone who sucks at fighting??

"I'll leave the gate open for ya?? But you a scared little b ***** that talks s*** on IG. So show up, let's see what kinda man you are."

Cerrone earned a career-high pay day and has fought 51 times in his mixed martial arts career.

He was the underdog against McGregor but was unable to land a punch on the Dubliner.

Reacting to suggestions the fight was fixed, however, Cerrone said: "Take a dive you stupid motherf * ?. Who you think you’re talking to? Get a f **  life."

To another troll he said: "You think that’s funny?. You feel like I’m the kind of man who would sell his soul? Do me a favor and unfollow me if that’s how you feel."

McGregor blitzed his way to victory with a sublime striking display as he set himself up for tilts at the lightweight and welterweight divisions.

Questions had been asked about the fight being fixed before the clash in Las Vegas, but Cerrone said: "Hell no, I’m not bowing down.

"There’s a bunch of s***   going around, people keep telling me, 'I heard you’re getting paid to take a dive.'


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Wilder’s trainer ‘left crying outside changing room’ after Fury defeat

Deontay Wilder has been slammed for his treatment of trainer Mark Breland, who was left in tears after been banished from the defeated American's dressing room following his loss to Tyson Fury .

Wilder was clattered to a seventh-round defeat after an inspired performance by Fury in Las Vegas on Saturday night, but claimed he was hindered by the 40lb outfit he wore in tribute to Black History Month.

Under the terms of their second meeting, Wilder is in a position to demand a third fight, which he has indicated he will do despite the conclusive nature of the Briton's victory.

But he will not have former world champion Breland in his corner after Breland was criticised for throwing in the towel during the seventh round, prompting the referee's intervention.

And British-based promoter Spencer Fearon has since revealed that Breland was harshly treated by Wilder following the defeat.

"Mark Breland did the right thing, I’m backing Mark Breland, a beautiful human being," Fearon told PepTalkUK .

"Mark Breland was outside the changing room crying, did you know that?

"He was crying because that man said he couldn’t come in the changing room.

"That’s your fighter, you built you own personal relationship, you’ve been with this man from the get-go, and they are saying to you, ‘no, you can’t come in the changing room’.

"You see how deluded and twisted these guys are? And it ain’t gonna get no better.

"If Deontay Wilder doesn’t apologise to Mark Breland the same thing is going to happen again, and it’s going to be worse."


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Tyson Fury’s wife Paris says she ‘wanted to leave’ him during depression battle

Tyson Fury's wife Paris admitted she 'wanted to leave' him at one point during his battle against depression, drink and drugs.

Fury is on top of the world after defeating Deontay Wilder last weekend to become WBC champion for a second time.

Having won the WBC world title from Wilder, Fury is now hoping to fight fellow Brit Anthony Joshua , who holds the other four heavyweight belts, in a hotly anticipated unification bout.

It is a far cry from the dark days when his mental health problems were at their worst, with the 31-year-old boxing star having previously opened up about how he wanted to commit suicide.

Fury battled drink and drug addiction, and his weight ballooned to 28st at one stage.

And now Paris has revealed how things got so bad she wanted to leave.

In an exclusive interview following Fury's stunning victory in Las Vegas, Paris said her husband's demons were still there but he was now doing "incredibly well".

“You still see it," she said. "He’s had this amazing high, winning the world title in Las Vegas. Then he’s coming home on the school run.

“You can see why a lot of celebrities and sports stars suffer depression. You have all the glitz and glamour, but then you go back to being normal.

“Tyson can’t go out without someone wanting to take his photo. He can’t understand why? He doesn’t understand that if someone is a fan then they get excited when they see him.

“He’s trying to balance being a sportsman, a husband and a dad, with being a superstar.

“But he is managing a lot better now. The worst was in around 2015-16, every day he was talking about his misery and his problems.

“He was drinking heavily and he was taking drugs, which I didn’t know about at the time. And he was obese. It was a hard time to deal with him especially as I was expecting three times in a row.

“At one stage I wanted to leave.

“In the end he sought help, he got diagnosed and he has come out of it much better.”

Tyson has revealed he came within seconds of killing himself in a Ferrari after he was crowned heavyweight world champion following his fight against Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.

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Mikey Garcia must beat Jessie Vargas well to land big fights at welterweight

So Mikey Garcia goes again at welterweight a year after his one-sided loss to Errol Spence in his first outing at 147 pounds.

Already a four-weight world champion Garcia wanted to augment legendary status by stepping up two divisions to take on Spence.

Having proved a leap too far Garcia has hand picked fellow Mexican Jesse Vargas to put himself back in the frame.

He is asking himself the same questions as the fans; can he still show the ferocity he had at super feather and lightweight, where he could knock guys clean into next week.

Vargas is a genuine welterweight, if not top drawer. He is a fraction or two below but brings enough durability and nouse as a former world champion, however briefly, to be a decent benchmark.

His two defeats were against world class opposition, Timothy Bradley five years ago and Manny Pacquiao 17 months later, both by decision.

His record also shows successive draws in 2018 against Adrien Broner, who Garcia defeated, and Thomas Dulorme before stopping Humberto Soto last time out.

Vargas is strong and a reasonable puncher if not with lights out power. The 2017 version of Garcia would probably have stopped him. Garcia is a better puncher than Pacman and Bradley, even at welterweight.

But he was completely outboxed by Spence. He never laid a glove on him and ended the fight utterly diminished.

Defeats like that leave mental as well as physical scars. Clearly Garcia is keen to breakthrough at the weight. He does not fancy the trial of boiling down to 140 or even 135 if he can help it.

His problem is the division is red hot. Spence is out of reach and Terence Crawford too in terms of size and ability. At 5ft 7ins Garcia is just too small to trouble the best in the division.

The aim is to see off Vargas conclusively so that he might rewrite history by claiming Spence caught him on a bad day.

So this is all about how much he has got left against an opponent who has never been stopped but does not present quite the threat that others might.

For Vargas it’s a brilliant opportunity to take a legacy scalp having fallen short in two previous attempts.

I take Garcia to win, but it is how he triumphs that matters if he wants to land the big fish.

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Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder rematch confirmed for this summer in USA

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will face off again in the summer, Frank Warren has confirmed.

The Gypsy King’s promoter says the showdown is likely to take place in the USA.

Fury stopped Wilder in the seventh round of their high-profile heavyweight fight last month. The first bout in 2018 resulted in a controversial draw.

Wilder had 30 days to call a rematch and the American ace has now formally notified Fury’s representatives.

The 34-year-old confirmed over the weekend that he wouldn’t drift quietly into retirement.

"Your king is here and I'm not going anywhere, for the war has just begun," Wilder said on social media.

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"I'm a king that will never give up and will fight to the death. I am a warrior, I am strong and I will be back."

Fury’s wife, Paris, told The Mirror that she wants her husband to beat Anthony Joshua and then call it quits.

“I’d like him to beat Anthony Joshua and then stop,” Paris said. “He’s in the ring with supreme boxers and it is a dangerous sport.

“We both know the risks. I know one shot can change everything.”

AJ holds holds three belts, having won them back of Andy Ruiz in December last year.

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Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, hailed Fury after his win over Wilder but claimed his man still has the edge.

“I always thought Joshua could beat Tyson Fury ”, said Hearn to fight hype.

“Tyson Fury has consistently proven me wrong on a lot of things, but I don’t believe he proves me wrong in this case.

“I just think Joshua has the fundamentals to beat him.

“Joshua is very fast, very strong, and he can fight on the inside, he can fight on the back foot, and he can fight on the wrong foot.”

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Wilder exercises right to face Fury again in July

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Former heavyweight world titleholder Deontay Wilder has officially exercised his right to an immediate third fight with Tyson Fury.

Top Rank chairman Bob Arum, Fury’s co-promoter, told ESPN on Sunday that the plan is for the fight to take place July 18 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the same location that hosted the rematch on Feb. 22.

In the much-hyped sequel, Fury, the lineal champion, claimed Wilder’s WBC heavyweight title when he knocked him down twice — in the third round with a right hand to the head and with a body shot in the fifth round — and stopped him in the seventh round when Wilder co-trainer Mark Breland threw in the towel as Fury was pounding Wilder.

Wilder and Fury had previously fought a controversial draw in their first fight in December 2018 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. When they made the rematch it was a two-fight deal with the loser having the right to have an immediate third fight if they wanted. Right after Wilder lost the rematch he said he would “definitely” go ahead and pick up his option for a third fight, and now he has officially.

“Now we will sit down and go through all the details for the fight,” Arum said, adding that the task would fall largely to Top Rank president Todd duBoef and Bruce Binkow of Premier Boxing Champions. Before Wilder made it official, Arum said he was open to shifting the third fight to the fall if that is what Wilder and PBC wanted. But on Sunday he said the fight would indeed be July 18 and that it again would be a joint pay-per-view between ESPN, Top Rank’s broadcaster, and Fox, one of PBC’s broadcasters.

“We realized that date was the favorite of both ESPN and Fox because it comes at a dead time in sports, which is good for the fight,” he said. “It’s after the basketball playoffs, baseball is in the middle of the season and there’s no football. It’s the ideal time. The hotel, MGM Grand, also believes it to be an ideal time.”

Arum said that contractually the fight had to be in either Las Vegas, New York or Los Angeles, but that Las Vegas made the most sense for that time of year. Arum said he was not surprised Wilder went through with picking up his option.

“I figured he would do it because I have had enough experience with rematches to know that anything can happen and guys can change their strategy and want the opportunity to (avenge) the loss,” Arum said.

Shelly Finkel, Wilder’s co-manager, confirmed the decision to go forward with the third fight. “We did exercise it,” Finkel told ESPN. “We want to fight Fury next and we wanted to make sure we sent the letter and that it was done.”

Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs), 34, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, had 25 days from the end of the second fight to formally notify Top Rank and Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs), 31, of his decision. The Feb. 22 fight was a 50-50 deal but with Fury having won it flips to a 60-40 split in Fury’s favor for the third fight.

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