I'm gonna cut Fury's eye back open - Wilder threatens heavyweight rival

By Sports Desk September 19, 2019

Deontay Wilder has pledged to inflict more eye damage upon Tyson Fury should their much-anticipated heavyweight rematch go ahead as planned.

WBC champion Wilder held on to his belt after a thrilling draw against Fury last December.

The undefeated Briton out-boxed his American opponent for long periods but was floored twice – most notably by a sledgehammer Wilder right-left combination in the final round.

A return encounter has been pencilled in for February 2020 but Fury flirted with throwing those lucrative plans off course when the unheralded Otto Wallin opened up a ghastly cut above his right eye with a chopping left hook during the third round of last weekend's Las Vegas encounter.

Fury rode out the storm to prevail on points but Wilder told ESPN his rival now has a weakness he intends to exploit.

"There's nothing Fury will be able to do. Fury looked his best when he fought me and that's the best you will ever see of him," the 33-year-old said.

"He better be ready, but the way I hit, I'm gonna cut [the eye] back open, period. No matter what they do - he can have plastic surgery, whatever.

"I'm gonna cut that back open, period. It's over with. I got Fury's number. That's why the dude didn't take the rematch [immediately]. He knows."

In fact, Wilder believes the prospect of him and Fury meeting again played a part in the gruesome gash not bringing an end to proceedings.

"See, that fight was supposed to be stopped," Wilder said. "Everybody knows that. But, of course, they don't want this man to lose because of me.

"They want the big fight. We understand that. People are not dumb. Of course, I am happier that Fury got the win than if he didn't because that would mess up our plans if he lost, big time."

Wilder still has the matter of his own interim bout to negotiate, with a November 23 date against Luis Ortiz yet to be officially confirmed.

Veteran Cuban Ortiz wobbled the champion in their March 2018 meeting before being stopped in 10, although Wilder expects a far quicker and more comprehensive display this time around.

Wilder said he had just weeks to prepare for the first fight because he was "very ill", but vowed: "I'm ready to go now. By me already knowing him it's going to make it even easier. I'm getting him out of there. Expect to see a first-round knockout."

Related items

  • Boxer Patrick Day dies from brain injuries sustained in Charles Conwell fight Boxer Patrick Day dies from brain injuries sustained in Charles Conwell fight

    American boxer Patrick Day has died at the age of 27 from the brain injury he suffered in a fight against Charles Conwell on Saturday.

    Day was knocked out in the 10th round of Saturday's super-welterweight bout in Chicago and taken from the ring on a stretcher.

    Fighting on the undercard of Oleksandr Usyk's heavyweight victory over Chazz Witherspoon, Day was rushed to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and placed in a coma.

    Promoter Lou DiBella announced on Wednesday that Day had died, saying: "Patrick Day passed away today, October 16, 2019, succumbing to the traumatic brain injury he suffered in his fight this past Saturday, October 12, at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, IL.

    "He was surrounded by his family, close friends and members of his boxing team, including his mentor, friend and trainer Joe Higgins."

  • World title incentive for Frampton in Las Vegas comeback World title incentive for Frampton in Las Vegas comeback

    Bob Arum says a fight for a world title awaits Carl Frampton if he beats Tyler McCreary in Las Vegas next month. 

    A two-weight world champion, Frampton will step up to super-featherweight to do battle with undefeated American McCreary (16-0-1) on November 30.

    Frampton was forced to withdraw from a showdown with Emmanuel Dominguez in August after fracturing the fifth metacarpal when a large ornament in a Philadelphia hotel lobby fell on his hand. 

    'The Jackal' (26-2) will be on the same bill as Oscar Valdez, one of his main targets, and Top Rank founder Arum says there is a huge incentive for both fighters.

    "This is a tremendous super-featherweight double-header and both Frampton and Valdez have their hands full against top opponents," said Arum in a statement.

    "If Valdez and Frampton both win, world title opportunities await them in 2020."

    Frampton said: "I'm delighted to be making a comeback after what's been a horrible year for my career.

    "I didn't get the Top Rank deal off to an ideal start but coming back in Vegas is great for me, especially against a really strong opponent. It needed to be someone who would test me."

    He added: "McCreary is a quality opponent but if I want to be competing against the top guys in the world, which I believe I can, I need to be beating guys like him and doing it in style."

  • Charles Conwell writes emotional letter to Patrick Day after terrifying bout Charles Conwell writes emotional letter to Patrick Day after terrifying bout

    Charles Conwell has vowed to use Patrick Day as motivation to become world champion as his fellow American fights for his life after suffering a traumatic brain injury in their bout on Saturday.

    Day was knocked out by Conwell in the 10th round of the super welterweight fight in Chicago and remains in "extremely critical condition" at Northwestern Memorial Hospital following emergency surgery on Sunday.

    Conwell has written a poignant letter to Day, stating it will be the last time he comments on the situation out of respect for Day's family and friends, himself and the sport of boxing.

    The 21-year-old posted on Twitter: "I never meant for this to happen to you. All I ever wanted to do was win. If I could take it all back I would no one deserves for this to happen to them.

    "I replay the fight over and over in my head thinking what if this never happened and why did it happen to you. I can't stop thinking about it myself, I prayed for you so many times and shedded so many tears because I couldn't even imagine how my family and friends would feel.

    "I see you everywhere I go and all I hear is wonderful things about you. I thought about quitting boxing but I know that's not what you would want.

    "I know that you were a fighter at heart so I decided not to, but to fight and win a world title because that's what you wanted and that's what I want, so I'll use you as motivation every day and make sure I always leave it all in the ring every time. #ChampPatrickDay With compassion, Charles Conwell."

    Day, 27, was rushed to the hospital after the knock out on the undercard for Oleksandr Usyk's heavyweight debut against Chazz Witherspoon.

    He was removed from the ring on a stretcher and is currently in a coma after emergency surgery.

© 2018 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.