Deontay Wilder barely speaks. Not in public, anyway.
Next month’s challenger Tyson Fury descended from monosyllabic on an almost wordless zoom call on stage during the official announcement of their trilogy fight for the heavyweight world championship.
Are Americans not supposed to be the most demanding traders?
Our Gypsy King finds himself practically alone as the ringmaster of the biggest boxing circus this summer. Roll up, roll up cried Fury as he tried to tease and provoke Wilder out of his shell.
Deontay Wilder was nearly wordless when he took the stage to take on Tyson Fury this week
The American refused to detonate in a silent five-minute face-to-face with the Gypsy King
The bronze bomber still refused to explode. His headphones prevented him from answering questions.
What happened to the punching monster behind the absurd mask, which shouted his nickname to the world, since being brutally beaten to death in their first rematch almost 18 months ago?
Has he turned into a silent assassin, as he hinted at in one of his brief outbursts?
Or is he “psychologically and emotionally” through his loss alone, as Fury postulates?
It remains for us to try to discern the answer to these questions from the snatches of an interview given reluctantly, given reluctantly and abruptly ended.
What happened to the Bronze Bomber, who once shouted his nickname to the world?
It would appear that he is now consumed with “hate”. That’s the jerky word he applied to Fury when asked to describe his feelings for the Mancunian giant who robbed him of his WBC world title, undefeated record and much of his pride.
Having legally made Fury fight him instead of Anthony Joshua, he goes on to say, “I hate him now. He will always be there. After I took care of him financially by giving him the second fight and putting food on his family’s table, he tried to run away from our rematch deal. Like a coward.
“But then we are dealing with a known drug cheater. Many people have chosen to be like these monkeys: to see no evil, hear no evil. ‘
Fury mocked a myriad of insults, bizarre apologies and savage accusations hurled at him by Wilder on social media, where he is now the loudest.
Wilder admits he ‘hates’ Fury and his mood is ‘violent’ as he plots his fall on July 24
Almost manic, Wilder says, “Now is the time to beat him up. There will be bloodshed on July 24. I’ve never felt that way for an opponent before. But hatred is always a motivation to destroy. That’s what the devil does every day.
Fury changed his style from elusive to aggressive in the second fight and now promises to “crush him like an 18 wheeler”. Said Wilder, “Whatever he does, I’ll get my answer. Like when the phone rings. His punishment will be as brutal as the worst that your mind can imagine.
He claims he was not mentally affected by the loss. That he “recovered by spending time with my family.”
He insists: “I have always been happy. However, he adds: “My mood is now very violent.
He seeks to restore his world titles as well as the pride Fury took from him last February
These dark mumbles are impulsive and Fury, having overcome his own demons of depression, says, “I’ve been worried about Deontay since our last fight. “
Wilder tries to take a step back, saying, “When the call came that we had won our court to enforce this fight, I was practicing. I was not surprised. I knew we were right. That we were going to win. So I started training harder and I’m already good to go.
“Justice was served by the mediator. So now the world wants to know what will be different this time. The world will see on July 24 in Las Vegas when more powerful justice is served by me.
He already has his sights set on Anthony Joshua as he tries to become the “one face” of boxing
If so, then what? Anthony Joshua to become a double world champion and the undisputed first holder of all the alpha titles of the era of the four belts?
“If Joshua wins his fight with (Olexsandr) Usyk,” Wilder says. “If he does, my mission will be the same against him as it always has been. The same as it will be against Tyson: a champion, a face, a name.
Then he pulled himself together, after having said: “Silence is golden.”
Be sure Tyson Fury will have something to say about this.