Tyson Fury's camp reveal he faked injuries before Deontay Wilder fight
Andy Lee has revealed Tyson Fury faked several injuries before his fight with Deontay Wilder and even had his coaches fooled at one stage.
The Gypsy King became the new WBC champion off the back of a stunning performance against Wilder in their rematch last month, but the build-up to the fight was dominated by sparring and injury rumours.
Eddie Hearn was one of many insiders to suggest camp had not gone well and Fury himself claimed he was carrying an injury in the week of the fight.
Lee, who was part of Fury’s coaching team, dished on his fighter’s mind games and how they were designed to deceive a supremely confident Wilder.
‘There was a couple days where Tyson messed around to see if leaks would happen,’ Lee told Boxing Social.
‘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. 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 and Wilder were barred from conducting their final face-off after a fiery press conference which saw security rush in to separate the heavyweights.
Wilder then blasted Fury for being out of shape at the weigh-ins when he sported a much heavier frame than expected.
But Lee confirmed the rumours swirling round all came from Fury himself and revealed at one stage even if he was fooled by his fighter’s antics.
‘Tyson was playing him the whole time. He does a lot little tricks,’ Lee said.
‘Even in interviews you’d be convinced he’s telling the truth, but it’s an absolute lie.’
‘There was one day when he pretended he had a bicep injury and I was really concerned,’ he continued.
‘But when we got back he told me he was just messing around.’
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