WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has responded to Deontay Wilder’s recent wild claims.
Wilder claimed that Fury used weights in his gloves in their last fight in February 2020, when the Bronze Bomber’s trainer threw in the towel.
He also suggested that the trainer in question, Mark Breland, had spiked his drink with a muscle relaxant before the fight.
After numerous delays to the expected trilogy rematch — which has been put down to both the coronavirus preventing fans into any venue and also Wilder’s fitness following bicep surgery — Fury announced he was moving on from the fight.
Wilder’s manager Shelly Finkel has questioned whether the contract is now void, but Fury is expected to fight German boxer and former European heavyweight champion Agit Kabayel on 5 December before moving onto two 2021 fights against the division’s other champion, Anthony Joshua.
‼️📝 Mark Breland has now broken his silence & thanked fans for their support following Deontay Wilder's allegations… pic.twitter.com/0RuXoO6i7p— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) November 9, 2020
Speaking to British radio station talkSPORT, Fury wondered what was at the root of a series of excuses.
"I think he has lost his marbles," Fury said.
"First of all it was the suit, then it was the bicep injury, then his trainer was on our team, then the referee was against him, then I had weights in my gloves. Now someone has spiked his water. It’s one of those things, isn’t it."
Fury went on to explain his decision to walk away from a third fight.
"The original date was July 18," Fury began.
"That didn’t happen because he had an injury so it got put back three months to October, then that didn’t happen because they were trying to get a venue.
"And then they had three dates in December – 5th, 12th, 19th – which I agreed to all of them, and obviously that didn't happen. So, I’m not going to wait around forever."