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Deontay Wilder has vowed to “destroy” Tyson Fury because he hates him so much.
Wilder says their trilogy fight at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena on July 24 is personal for him because of his antipathy towards the Gypsy King.
He claims Fury’s cheated him out of his WBC heavyweight title when he stopped him in seven rounds in February 2020 to hand him his first pro loss.
The Bronze Bomber claims he then behaved like a coward by trying to avoid him before being ordered by a US arbiter to face him a third time.
“I hate him,” said Wilder, speaking before his press conference in Los Angeles with Fury.
“There’s bad blood and there will always be bad blood.
Fury and Wilder faced off for six minutes
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“I want to do more than punish him. Come up with the most brutal thing in your mind and we’ll go with that.
“Hate is always a motivation to destroy, don’t the devil do it every day? Seek, kill and destroy, that’s the devil’s plan.
“I have never felt this way about any opponent before.”
In a sometimes monosyllabic interview, a moody Wilder repeated his unproven claim that Fury tampered with his gloves for the second fight.
“We’re dealing with a known drug cheat,” said the American.
“Anybody that’s been in boxing knows gloves don’t fold or bend 90 degrees. A lot of people heard no evil, spoke no evil and saw no evil. They acted like they didn’t care.
“I was training when the arbitration call came and when I heard about it, we trained even harder.
“Justice was served in that part and now justice will be served to me on July 24 on my part.”
Wilder, 35, chose not to engage with Fury at their press conference and refused to answer any questions as he sat impassively with his headphones and sunglasses on.
Wilder only stirred during his six-minute face-off with Fury when he took off his sunglasses.
He is angry with Fury because he feels he betrayed him after he claims he helped him financially during his three years out of the ring, battling his mental health issues.
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Wilder feels their 17-month lay-off by the time they clash on July 24 because of the coronavirus pandemic only benefits him.
“It’s good for me, bad for him,” he said. “Because I have only had nothing but time to progress.
“They should have got me earlier but they ran and tried to dodge me. They tried to do me wrong when I helped him and his family out. I put money in his pocket, but I guess being a coward is his thing.”