With Deontay Wilder’s triology fight against Tyson Fury in just a week’s time, boxing legend Mike Tyson has previously said that the American has no chance against the ‘Gypsy King’.
Wilder and Fury drew in 2018, then Fury handed Wilder his first career defeat in 2020. They will meet for round three on October 9 in Las Vegas.
Tyson believes if his compatriot is to have any hope of being successful against Fury, he needs to overcome some personal battles first.
“I don’t know anything about beating Fury in the third fight,” Tyson told YahooSports last year.
“In order for him to do that, he’s gonna have to beat himself in life.
“He’s his biggest opponent at this moment in life. He is not gonna stand a chance with Fury if he doesn’t beat himself.”
Tyson made the comments in April 2020, shortly after Fury beat Wilder in their second fight. He believes Wilder didn’t react at all well to the defeat.
“Wilder’s stuff’s a lot of energy that I once had. We have to be able to accept our mistakes, stand up and say, ‘Hey, I messed up, the best man won,” said Tyson.
“We can’t be consumed with our egos. Nobody was more consumed with their ego than me.
“We always look for excuses when we lose and say, ‘Well I couldn’t lose, there must’ve been a mistake, somebody had to cheat me.’ So we have to look at the perspective that a loss is a form of education.”
In Las Vegas next week, we’ll find out if Wilder took Tyson’s advice and managed to beat himself in order to have a shot at beating Fury.