Deontay Wilder Stays Silent And Gives Longest Face-Off

Deontay Wilder is not in the mood for the shenanigans.

At yesterday’s pre-fight press conference, Wilder set a tone reflective of his mood as of late, rebirth.

With new head trainer Malik Scott in tow, Deontay walked into the press conference venue in Los Angeles with headphones on his ears and brief to no words for the media.

After a short intro from Hall of Fame ring announcer, Jimmy Lennon, Jr., Deontay took the stage to put the world on notice.

“Enough has been said. It’s time to cut off his head. Come July the 24, there will be bloodshed. Get your tickets now and I’ll see you soon.”

From there, Wilder’s trainer Malik Scott spoke for the former WBC heavyweight champion and put Fury on notice that this will not be the same Wilder on July 24th.

“Deontay and I have always had a chemistry and a brotherhood between us. Before we talked about moving forward with me as his trainer, I wanted to make sure we had the same chemistry as trainer and fighter that we had with our brotherhood. Our chemistry as fighter and trainer by far passes it. I’m impressed with how he’s adapted.
“I believe that with a fighter like Deontay, who has naturally raw power, combined with my technically sound background, we just match well together.
“Deontay has made the mental adjustments. All I needed was a receptive athlete. He’s already made the adjustments to do whatever I need him to do in that ring.
“I only see this fight going one way. If you just let Fury do what he wants, he’ll do way more than what you want. I have no doubt that Deontay will become the two-time heavyweight champion of the world and it will come by knockout.”
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After firing longtime assistant trainer and Olympic gold medalist, Mark Breland, many believed Wilder was going through something after his sole loss. He blamed his ring walk costume weight for weakening his legs, accused his trainer of tainting his water and finally accused Fury of loaded gloves.
However, after posting videos of his renewed energy in training camp showing more boxing technique than one punch KO power, Wilder seems rejuvenated online but was visibly stoic in person.
“I hope Deontay brings something different for this fight. He needs to, if we’re facing facts,” said Tyson Fury. “I hope he brings a challenge. Hopefully Malik Scott can bring the best out of Deontay Wilder.
“The beating from the last fight has had a physical, mental and emotional effect on his life. I was worried about him after the way I beat him.
“Deontay Wilder is a one-trick pony. He’s got great one-punch knockout power. I’m going to run him over like I’m an 18-wheeler. I guarantee he doesn’t go past where he did in the second fight. I’m looking for a big knockout straight away.
“He said all this stuff about bloodshed last time and we all know what happened last time. I’m going to keep it short and sweet today.”
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Wilder and Fury faced off at the end of the presser for 5 minutes and 35 seconds. No talking and no front face photos for the media just all stare down.
With Deontay Wilder usurping Fury’s goal to unify all the belts against Anthony Joshua through arbitration, the world will now see a trilogy and a renewed Wilder who is light on the talking and seemingly heavy on redemption.
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“Whatever he does on July 24, we will have an answer for it. I’m training very hard and my mind is very violent. I’m ready to go.”
Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.