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Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk winner depends on ‘who cheats the hardest’, says Deontay Wilder


Deontay Wilder

Wilder is expected to fight Andy Ruiz Jr this summer (Picture: Getty)

Deontay Wilder insists ‘whoever cheats the hardest’ will win the undisputed heavyweight title fight between old foe Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk.

‘The Bronze Bomber’ fought Fury three times between 2018 and 2021, with the first bout ending as a controversial draw with ‘The Gypsy King’ securing devastating stoppage wins in the other two.

In the aftermath of their draw, Wilder accused British boxing legend Ricky Hatton, who was cornering Fury on the night, of tampering with Fury’s gloves.

After the Briton won the WBC heavyweight title in in February 2020, Wilder accused his rival of concealing small weights in his gloves to inflict greater damage. Among his other allegations were that his water had been spiked with muscle relaxers.  

Fury’s focus is now on IBF, WBA and WBO champion Usyk with the two thought to be close to agreeing their fight to crown the division’s first undisputed champion since Lennox Lewis.

But in a fresh dig at both Fury and Usyk, Wilder told ESNEWS: ‘I don’t know [who wins]. It is a 50-50 fight. It depends on who is going to cheat the hardest, that’s what it is.’

Wilder is set to fight Andy Ruiz Jr in a final eliminator for the WBC title this summer although a date is still being discussed.

Usyk and Fury will collide this year (Picture: Getty)

Tentative talks for the American to fight Anthony Joshua resumed in late 2022 between Matchroom chief Eddie Hearn and Wilder’s manager Shelly Finkel.

But Wilder insists the Briton is ducking him.

“Joshua don’t wanna fight me, it’s plain and clear,’ he said. ‘I don’t know why people keep asking about that… in my career I have been nothing but straight forward, honest and truthful.

‘I know certain things have been said people don’t like because I am who I am.

‘Everybody should’ve known when the $50m was offered, after he asked for it, and he didn’t take it. They should have known then.

‘Even moving forward, Joshua don’t want to fight. there is certain information I know and certain information the public receive.’

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