Fight Talk: Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury, Dillian Whyte, Mike Tyson, Naoya Inoue, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez
In this week’s Fight Talk, we focus on the third fight between WBC UK heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and US challenger Deontay Wilder, as a current and former boxer gives their take on.
Additionally, social media star Logan Paul annoys fans by suggesting he could beat Hall of Famer Mike Tyson, and we are discussing whether Japan’s Naoya Inoue should be considered the best fighter in the world today after another. explosive victory.
Interest rises in the Fury-Wilder trilogy
Not so long ago, fighters, journalists and fans around the world were gearing up for one of the biggest heavyweight contests in the history of the sport – a successful all-British showdown between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury.
But when the plans failed, with Fury ordered the courts to give Wilder a rematch instead, there was a collective sense of disappointment, anger and frustration.
Many made it so that Fury won the first meeting with Wilder in 2018, which was declared a draw, before convincingly beating the American by stoppage in February 2020.
There was little interest from fans for a third Fury-Wilder fight.
However, we all know how the buildup and the pair’s personalities can help generate some hype as we get closer to the night fight.
While the Joshua-Fury saga has not been forgotten, excitement began to build for Fury and Wilder’s game in Las Vegas on July 24.
The 35-year-old American refused to speak at his press conference last week, before this face-to-face meeting which lasted nearly six minutes …
Well, Wilder has since broken his silence and offered an explanation.
“I’m strictly business when it comes to this fight. I’m going to let him do the circus, let him promote,” he told ESNews.
“If you’ve been following me, you already know how I feel. So less talk, more action on my part.”
Fans were quick to point out how they had heard the mantra “less talk, more action” somewhere before; Joshua, after taking out Kubrat Pulev in December, used the same words when asked about a potential fight with Fury …
In 44 fights, Wilder has 41 saves in his 42 wins and is perhaps one of the toughest knockout performers in heavyweight history.
But despite his record, many don’t see how he will overcome the Fury puzzle and reclaim the WBC belt.
“It’s a shame Tyson Fury beat him again and I won’t be able to fight him,” said British contender Dillian Whyte.
Wilder blamed the only loss of his career on the weight of the costume he wore in the ring, alleged his drink may have been spiked by his own trainer, and also accused Fury of tampering with gloves.
There was no evidence to support any of these claims.
“He’ll probably blame his wife, kids, dog or cat. He should just come to terms with reality,” Whyte added to Sky Sports.
Meanwhile, former world champion Mike Tyson has been a little less harsh on his compatriot.
“Deontay Wilder has nothing to be sad about, he fought great fights,” Tyson said on his podcast.
“I just think Tyson Fury might have his number.”
Logan Paul makes a bold statement to Tyson
By the very nature of the sport, boxers often make outrageous predictions in pursuit of high cost fights.
But this week, YouTuber turned fighter Logan Paul – who went eight rounds in an exhibition fight with Floyd Mayweather earlier this month – the purists furious that he could beat Tyson, 54, a man once considered “the baddest man on the planet”.
Speaking on his podcast, Paul said: “My lawyer mentioned it and he said, ‘No, Tyson is going to rip your head off, you don’t stand a chance. “
“I’m like, ‘Brother, I literally just went through it all, you can’t tell me I can’t beat Mike Tyson. Brother, he’s old, old.'”
Here’s how social media reacted to Paul’s comments …
Should Inoue lead the pound-for-pound ranking?
Forget about the weight and height divisions, who is the best boxing fighter today?
It’s a common discussion among die-hard fans, but a tricky question to answer with so many variables.
Are you looking at the knockout ratio? Or the depth of talent in the division? What if you were the multi-weight world champion? And are we looking at recent form or does a clean, no-loss record count for everything?
Nonetheless, there are two that are widely considered to be the best at the moment.
Mexico’s unified super middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is one of the biggest draws in the sport, who has faced the elite level challengers time and time again, beating the Briton most recently. Billy Joe Saunders last month.
While Alvarez has a bigger global profile, there is a Japanese boxer who may not be a household name, but who is at the top of his game.
On Saturday Naoya Inoue knocked down mandatory challenger Michael Dasmarinas three times in three rounds to retain his IBF and WBA bantamweight titles in Las Vegas.
Inoue is undefeated in 21 fights but, even more impressive, 18 came by knockout.
This is a feat considering that knockouts are generally less common and more difficult to find in the lower weight classes.
Inoue’s breathtaking victory has fueled the debate over who is the current king pound for pound …