Tyson Fury And Deontay Wilder Receives Ban From NSAC Ahead Of The Rematch
After a war between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder ended in a controversial draw, it was inevitable for the two to rematch.
More than a year later, it is finally happening and we are less than two days away from the match. While the build-up to the fight has been an interesting one, a recent confrontation between the two boxers lead to a ban from facing each other after weigh-ins.
The final press conference between Wilder and Fury was full off drama. There were a lot of emotions going into the event. Things got heated pretty fast. Both boxers shoved each other after a verbal exchange. Security had to rush in to separate the two.
“The press conference spoke for itself,” Bennett told ESPN. “The actions of the two fighters pushing each other — which was not staged — is not indicative of the image of our sport as a major league sport, thus having a face-off is not in the best interest in the health and safety of the fighters, the public and the event.
“Quite frankly, that image, where you have two professional athletes pushing each other where somebody could get hurt is not keeping with the image of a major league sport and we’re a major league sport.”
Fury admitted that things were legitimately heated, saying, “we were almost at blows” as he and Wilder exchanged insults throughout the event.
“He shoved me and I shoved him. When a man raises his hand to you, it’s an automatic instinct to defend yourself,” Fury said. “If someone laid hands on me, I’ve got to protect myself.”
Prior to Wednesday’s antics, both fighters have been relatively reserved in the build to the rematch compared to their first meeting 14 months ago when Fury seemed hellbent on getting inside Wilder’s head. Fury has spent most of the training camp boldly declaring he would eschew his defensive style in favour of trying to knock Wilder out.
“This camp I wanted to get back to basics. Not all the antics and interviews and such, I wanted to concentrate on training,” Fury said. “I outboxed him quite easily last time and got a draw. Everybody that knows boxing knows I beat him and I didn’t get the decision so I took it upon myself to knock out the knockout artist and bully the bully.
“Big balls, big balls I have. Big balls like King Kong. I learned from the first time that Deontay Wilder’s boxing ability is very limited. He’s just a one-trick pony. I’m looking to tear him up and hit that body like a drum. I am prepared to go to hell and back for the victory. There is nothing I won’t do to get the victory.”
However, the Nevada State Athletic Commission was having none of it. The president of Top Rank issued a statement which said, “The Nevada State Athletic Commission has banned Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury from engaging in a face-off after the weigh-in for their heavyweight championship rematch on Friday afternoon”
He added, “In my 25 years in boxing I’ve never heard of an administrative body stepping in and prohibiting a face-off. It’s the pinnacle moment before the fight. I am just shocked.”
Fury’s co-promoter, Frank Warren was also unhappy with the situation. He found the entire situation ‘strange’ as there was no security separating the two.
He said, “It’s a stupid decision, the face-off is traditional. They should have had security at the press conference.”
The face-off after weigh-ins has been an old tradition in boxing as well as other combat sports.
With the matchday being so close, the organisers of the event should try their best to make the bout happen. In the world of combat sports, small actions can have big implications.