• Brian L. Barefield

Former Heavyweight Champion Wilder Says That Fury Is Not The Champ And Receives Advice From Foreman

Days after he lost his WBC heavyweight championship to Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder did some self-evaluating about the defeat. It was a call from former heavyweight champion George Foreman that helped him refocus and offered him some advice for the next time he steps in the ring against Fury.

"We talked about things that went on in his career, good and bad, a lot of different tricks of the trade that used to happen, certain things that he saw in the fight, and a lot of knowledge that he applied to me," Wilder said on the PBC Podcast.

Foreman is best known for his fight against Muhammad Ali in the Democratic Republic of the Congo dubbed “The Rumble in the Jungle,” was 76-5 in 81 professional fights. Like Wilder, George Foreman’s strength was his power and ability to end a fight with one punch.

"He [Foreman] was telling me how we wanted to show me some methods of strengthening certain parts of my body and stuff like that,” said Wilder. “He definitely dropped a couple of gems down for me and it was good to hear."

Wilder, who is currently recovering from surgery on his left bicep believes that there were too many distractions the night of the fight that led him to his defeat in the seventh-round to Tyson Fury. .

"Everything that happened, it happened the last 15 minutes until the fight,"34-year-old Wilder said. "There's a lot of things that went on. There's a lot of things that I don't even want to talk about at this moment in time. I'm still reflecting on certain things, and I can't believe the things that happened to me. And they happened to me at that point in my career."

Even though he is no longer the heavyweight champion, Wilder who has an impressive record of 42-1-1, 41 KOs, doesn’t believe that Fury isn't either.

“It’s not over. In my eyes, I don’t see Fury as the champion,” said the Alabama native. “He ain’t the champion yet, we’ve still got one more fight left... and I’m looking forward to giving the world the best of Deontay Wilder. People that know boxing know that that wasn’t Deontay Wilder that night. I was a zombie that night... I wasn’t myself, I felt like a zombie in there,” he added.

The third matchup between Fury and Wilder was scheduled for July, but due to COVID-19, a new tentative date in October is more likely to happen.

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