Tyson Fury reacts to Deontay Wilder insisting on triggering rematch clause

Tyson Fury admits he understands Deontay Wilder’s motives for insisting on third fight against him, despite having been comprehensively outclassed during their most recent meeting earlier this year.

The heavyweight rivals contested a controversial draw in back in December 2018, but Fury set the record straight in February with an emphatic victory in Las Vegas which ended in a seventh round stoppage.

Defeat represented the first of Wilder’s professional career but the 34-year-old wasted no time in confirming he had triggered a rematch clause inserted in the fight contract.

The coronavirus pandemic, which has decimated the sporting calendar, means any potential trilogy fight will have to wait until the end of the year, and Fury believes Wilder’s motives for wanting to lock horns again are likely to be financially driven, rather than a desire to resurrect his tarnished boxing reputation.

‘Yeah, I was surprised because it was a one-sided fight,’ he told talkSPORT when asked for his reaction to Wilder wanting a third fight.

‘He didn’t win a second of that second fight, but in this game it’s a short game and a short career, and there’s an old saying – ‘We’ve gotta make hay while the sun shines.’

‘And for Deontay Wilder at the age of 34, how many big fights out there are left for him after a domination like he had?

‘So I understand where he’s coming from. I understand that he has probably a lot of bills to pay.

‘I don’t know the man’s personal circumstances, but from what I’ve seen of these American fighters and sportsmen, they always live a rockstar’s lifestyle, even though they’re not rockstars.

‘They go through a lot of money quite quickly. Just look at Mike Tyson, he went through like a billion dollars or whatever he went through.

‘So I’m sure that the money side of it is the tempting thing.

‘I don’t think it’s too tempting to go in there and get an absolute beating like he did before, but he would be tempted by the amount of money that he would receive because they go through it quite quickly.

‘I think that’s the reason he’s taking the fight, for the money.’

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