Tyson Fury insisted that he should now be seen as the greatest puncher in modern boxing, instead of Deontay Wilder.
The former US WBC heavyweight champion has knocked out every opponent he’s ever come into the ring with except Fury, and has a record of 42 wins, 41 knockouts, one draw and one loss.
Wilder’s only 12-round victory was against Bermane Stiverne in 2015.
When they replayed almost three years later, Wilder triggered Stiverne in the first round.
Fury is the only fighter to have suffered the blows of the ‘Bronze Bomber’s’ without being knocked out.
In their first fight he was knocked down twice and looked like he was knocked out in the last round, but stood up and was unlucky not to win on points.
In their rematch, Fury of course knocked down Wilder by knocking him down twice and stopping him in the seventh round.
As a result, during an interview with BT Sport, when asked that Wilder was “the most devastating puncher in modern boxing history,” Fury replied, “Incorrect. I am.
“He was the biggest puncher in history, then I knocked him out, which makes me the biggest puncher.
“I’m the biggest puncher, I’m the toughest puncher.”
Wilder has yet to respond to these claims from Fury.
However, he supports the various allegations he has directed in the direction of the “Gypsy King”.
In October 2020, Wilder spoke out, accusing Tyson Fury of cheating in their revenge by first posting a video and statement on social media and then following up with various interviews.
In the video, Wilder alleged that the Briton tampered with his gloves to put his fist in the wrong position.
He added that he believed Fury had a hard object hidden in his gloves to deal extra damage.
The American went on to claim that his water had been fortified with muscle relaxers before the fight, potentially by his own co-trainer Mark Breland.
He also pushed new allegations of disloyalty against Breland – who threw in the towel to end the fight – and sacked him as a result.
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Wilder has now told the PBC podcast, “In boxing it’s just like George Foreman told me – you have to be careful when boxing with who you talk to and who you surround yourself with.
“When the situation happened to me, I knew straight away that I had to get rid of a few snakes from my team.
“And I had to join the people who really loved me the most.
“It’s an ongoing war and I needed soldiers behind me who were going to have my sixes every step of the way.
“I knew immediately what I was going to do. I said brother [Malik Scott], ‘You are my new head coach.’ ”
talkSPORT will have an exclusive live radio commentary from Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder 3 from Las Vegas on October 9.