Inside Tyson Fury’s chaotic training camp for the Deontay Wilder trilogy, from battle of newborn intensive care to Covid cases
TYSON FURY is just hours away from fighting Deontay Wilder for the third time.
And the Gypsy King’s journey to the blockbuster trilogy has been far from straightforward.
Fury is the bookmaker’s favorite to successfully defend his WBC heavyweight title against the man he sensationally snatched the belt from.
In February 2020, Morecambe’s mauler beat Wilder in a seventh round stoppage – a demanding revenge for the first fight draw that many believed Fury should have won.
And so the two will be doing it for the third time in Las Vegas.
Rival promoter Eddie Hearn, still angry after his man Anthony Joshua lost all his belts to Oleksandr Usyk, believes Fury is “not ready” for the fight.
And the 33-year-old’s preparation has indeed not been as smooth as it could have been.
Here, SunSport goes over some of the issues that played a role in Fury’s fight camp.
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Contracting the coronavirus
Fury tested positive for the coronavirus in July, which ended the trilogy taking place this month.
A new October 9 date has been agreed – but Wilder seems to think Team Fury ‘lied’ that Gypsy King contracted the virus.
He told the PBC podcast: “They’re trying to run away from him, I’m rushing. I don’t believe he had Covid.”
But Fury lambasted the American and said he contracted Covid-19 TWICE and felt “weak” and “terrible”.
He said: “I have had Covid twice. I’ve had it once in 2020 and once a few months ago.
“The first time was a lot harder because I lost my sense of smell and my taste, and I felt weak and I felt terrible. The second time around, I didn’t feel so bad. “
Bedside vigil for newborns
Tyson and Paris’s sixth child, Athena, was rushed straight to intensive care after being born on August 8.
Concerned parents were with their daughter around the clock as she was treated in intensive care.
And much to the Gypsy King’s delight, Athena was freed and was finally able to go home.
The boxing champion has kept his fans updated on Athena’s progress throughout the worrying period on social media.
But the ordeal has taken its toll on the WBC heavyweight champion, who will return to the ring for the first time in 20 months on October 9.
Speaking to ITV, he said: “[It] probably took a few years out of my life, the amount of stress I was under. “
Separate from the steward
Fury teamed up with the legendary SugarHill Steward before defeating Wilder in 2020.
But his training with the American did not go as well as he might have hoped.
The BBC reports that Steward was only able to join him two weeks before he returned to the United States.
And he adds that “Fury’s camp was severely disrupted during construction.
Chaotic press conference
The pair’s first press conference in June was odd – Fury did his best to provoke Wilder but the American had the perfect way to avoid the noise.
The fallen champion sat there for the entire duration with his headphones on – even keeping them glued to his ears when the two came face to face.
But the last presser before the scrap was very different. Fury circled the stage with the microphone, while Wilder sat down and returned it.
Chaos ensued when presenter Kate Abdo appeared to signal the traditional “tête-à-tête” – but Fury promoter Bob Arum went ballistic and canceled it.
He says that by doing this he “saved the fight” – then he launched a crass tirade against the 40-year-old British TV presenter.
ESPN’s Mike Coppinger also received the two barrels of Arum, with the 89-year-old telling him to “shut the fuck up, fuck”.