Tyson Fury prank before Deontay Wilder rematch emerges after he ‘faked’ injury
Tyson Fury ’s cousin Andy Lee has revealed the newly crowned WBC heavyweight champion feigned injury before his rematch with Deontay Wilder to see if anyone in his training camp would leak information.
Fury put on a boxing masterclass in Las Vegas at the end of February, battering Wilder from pillar to post before the American’s trainer threw in the towel during round seven.
It was a breathtaking performance from the Gypsy King, who many felt would be knocked out by a man widely regarded as the hardest-hitting heavyweight in boxing history.
One man who doubted Fury’s chances of victory at the MGM Grand Arena was Eddie Hearn.
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The Matchroom chief, who promotes unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, insisted he was backing Wilder to come out on top after hearing gossip from inside Fury’s camp.
And Lee has shed light on some of the crafty tactics his cousin implemented in training to deceive the likes of Hearn.
“There was a couple days where Tyson messed around to see if leaks would happen,” the Irishman, who worked in Fury’s corner for the rematch, told Boxing Social .
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“He feigned injury or pretended to limp after a sparring session just to see what would happen.
“That’s the type of level of deviousness you’re dealing with, with him. Inside his own training camp he’ll put on a show and play act to see if anyone talks outside the camp.
“He absolutely performed perfectly in training and worked extremely hard.
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“People see this larger than life character but when it comes to training he works extremely hard.
“He’s very focused and serious about what he does. He didn’t cut any corners or allow himself any small treats.
“He stuck to his diet and regiment as strict as he could be. Maybe he had to because he knew the fight he was in.”
Fury will lock horns with Wilder for a third time this summer after the Bronze Bomber triggered a rematch clause at his disposal.
If the Brit comes through unscathed, the path will be clear for a domestic showdown with Anthony Joshua to crown the first undisputed king of the division in 20 years.
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