John Fury says Deontay Wilder should show dignity like Anthony Joshua

John Fury tells Deontay Wilder to learn how to handle defeat from Anthony Joshua, claiming fellow Brit ‘showed dignity’ while his son’s heavyweight rival is ‘in total denial’ ahead of their Las Vegas trilogy fight

  • Fury will fight Wilder in Las Vegas next Saturday for WBC heavyweight belt
  • First fight ended in a draw in December 2018, but Fury won rematch in 2020
  • Wilder said Fury cheated and said heavy costume he wore made him tired
  • American criticised his former trainer for throwing in the towel in the rematch 
  • Fury’s father says Wilder should learn to have ‘dignity in defeat’ like Joshua 

John Fury, father of lineal heavyweight world champion Tyson, believes Deontay Wilder can learn from Anthony Joshua in how to handle defeat with dignity.

Fury is in the last week of preparation for his trilogy fight with American power-puncher Wilder, with the pair set to clash in Vegas this Saturday (October 9).

It comes off the back of two previous encounters in which Fury had been unfortunate to not get the decision in the first fight back in December 2018, before securing a dominant eighth-round stoppage in the rematch 14 months later.

This led to Wilder making all kinds of excuses, including claims that his water was spiked; accusing Fury of cheating and blaming fatigue on a heavy costume he wore on his walk to the ring.

The 35-year-old also split from long-term trainer Mark Breland following a bust up after he threw in the towel to bring an end to the second fight back in February 2020.

Fury senior has slammed Wilder’s handling of defeat and has called for the American to take a leaf out of Joshua’s book in how to cope with failure.

Fellow Brit Joshua was beaten by Oleksandr Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last Saturday to lose his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight world titles, but Fury admires the respect AJ showed his Ukrainian opponent.

Wilder blamed the weight of his ostentatious ring-walk costume for feeling fatigued 

‘I got asked about Wilder being like AJ,’ Fury said.

‘You could never compare the two men. AJ had dignity in defeat, he knows what’s gone wrong and he’s trying to put it right and he will do.

‘The other one’s in total denial and has been talking absolute rubbish for the last two years.

‘He’s still talking rubbish and that’s what puts me off him as a fighter and that’s why in my opinion he cannot improve because of his mindset.

Anthony Joshua was comfortably outboxed and outclassed by Oleksandr Usyk last week

The Briton’s surprise loss to Usyk saw him surrender his four world heavyweight belts 

Joshua admitted on Thursday that he has now analysed his mistakes and will learn from them

‘Tyson will know when to fight and when to box and I don’t think Wilder has the intelligence to cope with that on any level at all. Not knocking him it’s just the character he’s shown to me in defeat.

‘How can you learn in defeat when you carry on like that?

‘The American people love Tyson and I love the American people but I like men amongst men, I like men to be men. I don’t want them to be like spoilt children in defeat. I admire men in defeat with dignity.

‘Look at Manny Pacquiao the other day. You didn’t see him doing that, blaming his costume, blaming his team, slandering world champions, giving professional people a bad name. You can’t do that, it’s defamation of character.

Boxing great Manny Pacquiao announced his retirement from the sport this week

‘Like I said before I would have had him in court, he would never have got a second fight but that’s politics and that’s out of my hands and like I said, I’ve got no control over it at all.’

Fury has predicted a far worse beating for Wilder in Saturday’s third fight with his son in ‘demolition mode’ and looking to force the American heavyweight into retirement.

‘The way I see it, the result will be the same but I think he’ll get a worse beating than what he got before and it will be the end of Deontay Wilder,’ he warned.

‘It will be retirement for him, he’ll be too badly damaged because Tyson has been training to hurt him and hurt him bad and I mean that in the nicest way I possibly can.

Fury believes the trilogy fight next week will be ‘the end of Deontay Wilder’ as a boxer

‘He’s got people blowing smoke up his back side, saying he can do this and do that. They can all talk a good show but when you’re under those bright lights and the man’s there in your face, you then realise that a formidable task is in front of you.

‘That’s when they smell the coffee and will he be able to deal with it? I don’t think he can. I might be wrong.

‘Tyson is a great finisher these days and he is in the hurt mode. He’s not going for a points decision. He knows it’s not possible in America.

‘Tyson is going for the knockout and in explosive fashion. That’s what he’s trained to do.’

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