Wilder vs. Fury 2 Presser

Who ya got?

Jim Rome
February 20, 2020 - 10:38 am
Fury vs. Wilder 2

Getty Images


We’re just over 48 hours away from Wilder-Fury II and the buildup has been pretty mellow. Neither guy has really had anything terribly nasty to say about the other that is until they got to the press conference yesterday. And then they let it fly.

There was the usual pushing and shoving that comes along with one of these press conferences. And that’s to be expected. That’s part of the show. It gets people fired up and helps sell the fight. And maybe it’s real, maybe it’s not. 

If the standard for whether or not two boxers really hate each other is whether or not someone is getting glassed, or whether or not Larry Holmes is jumping off a car to attack Trevor Berbick, this didn’t quite get to that level. But nothing does. Well, nothing but this: the gold standard of boxing pressers: the undisputed, undefeated champion of the world: Riddick Bowe v. Larry Donald: and if for some reason, you haven’t’ seen this, I would recommend you stop whatever is your doing and dial it up on YouTube: it is incredible: (insert audio)

Riddick Bowe never did anything that amazing in the ring: and I say that about a guy who I thought was a great fighter. Seriously, go find that; now that’s a presser: I just don’t know that that will sell tickets, because there’s no way he lands a better combination than that during the actual fight. Anyway…

Wilder certainly didn’t sound like he appreciated Fury’s suggestion that it was Fury who made Wilder famous and not the other way around. 

"Don't he dare ever say he got me to big-time boxing. I'll slap him. "Don't ever forget when I found you, you were strung out on coke. When I found you, you was like a big house [at about 400 pounds] contemplating about killing yourself. So don't you ever forget. I brought you back."

And he had more.

"I provided food for your family [by fighting you], and I'm doing it for the second time. Don't you ever forget that. I brought you to big-time boxing. I dared you to come back."

Fury, of course responded, "Deontay Wilder is spouting a lot of rubbish. He gave me an opportunity, but I gave him the biggest paydays of his whole life, brought him to the biggest stage in the world. And here he is -- this is how he thanks me? I put millions in his account. You owe me everything. Welcome to big-time boxing."

When it comes to the rematch, Fury said that he’s going to be aggressive: "Wanting to go head to head with him is a bold move, but we fight fire with fire. When I went at him in the first fight, though, he could not contain me. If I start doing that in Round 1, then he will be gassed by Round 5 and hanging on for dear life, if he even gets that far.”

I’ll believe Fury goes head to head with Wilder when I actually see it. And so will Wilder. "I don't believe anything Fury says. I think he is just trying to butter me up and use a lot of mind games. I am not concerned with what he says. I am more focused on what he does. I am a man of action. I am planning for everything, but I think when coming forward doesn't work for him, he will resort to what he knows. He may try to come forward at first, but once he feels my power, that will stop quickly."

In reality, this fight is about the 12th round of the last fight. The round where Wilder finished Fury, and then Fury came back from the dead. And there are two ways of viewing that fight – that if Fury could get up from that, he can get up from anything. Or that it was an absolute miracle and there’s no way he could survive it again.

Like Fury said, "The 12th round of our first fight was a good round, and credit to Wilder, he got me with two of the best punches I have ever seen thrown in a 12-round heavyweight fight. But the thing Wilder must be thinking is, 'I hit that guy with my hardest punch in Round 12, and he got up. What do I have to do to keep him down?' He's going to try to land the right hand. If I'm stupid enough to get hit with it, I deserve to lose. I hit the floor last time, but I showed that I'm truly a fighting man. If he can't finish me, I'm going to eat him up."

If you want to say that Fury is different this time, I’m not going to stop you. Because as he told Max Kellerman, this fight means a lot and he’s made some huge sacrifices to put himself in the best spot to win. “It’s just something, a little sacrifice more. I love me Diet Cokes. And I was having, I don’t know, 20, and 30 in a day sometimes….”

I’m sorry, what? Did that man just say that he was having 20 or 30 Diet Cokes per day??!? 

Buddy, just because it says diet, doesn’t mean it’s good for you. In fact, it’s pretty terrible for you. And 20 to 30 are a disaster. 

20 to 30 is outrageous. There’s no way that’s serious. Don’t get this twisted, I’m not hyping Tyson Fury or anything like that.

I’m just reporting what he said. And honestly, I’m doing it pretty skeptically. I’ve been down the road of outrageous diet claims too many times to believe them. 

20 to 30 Diet Cokes per day? That’s two to three Diet Cokes per hour. And that’s without sleeping. Which he probably wasn’t doing because he was pumping Diet Coke into his veins. That must’ve been the only thing in his veins – just Diet Coke and caffeine. He must’ve just replaced his blood with Diet Coke. 

20 to 30 diet cokes? What, Jolt Cola didn’t want any of that? Full Throttle and Monster Energy Drinks just weren’t doing it for you? 

If he’s going with 20 to 30 12-ounce cans, that’s three gallons per day. Where were you getting all that Diet Coke? Was Greg Robinson driving it in from California?

Better yet, if you’re going with that level of Diet Coke consumption, why bother with the carbonation? Just drink the syrup before it even gets into the machine. 

Fury recognizes that it’s crazy. “It is a little ridiculous, but you know, whatever. So I cut them out. I took them away from myself. I took everything that I held dear, everything that I like, I took it out of my life.”

The fact that this guy isn’t going into shock because he’s cut out that volume of Diet Coke, allegedly, is amazing. I’m not sure what’s harder – getting up from a Deontay Wilder punch or  getting up from 20-30 diet cokes a day…or giving up 20 to 30 diet cokes. Call it a draw.  Who do you have in the rematch? And Fury could fight as effectively as he did running on that much diet coke, how much will he be without it. Or if the bomb squad catches again with the greatest weapon the sport has ever seen, is there any way he gets up from it a second time.  Who ya got?