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Tyson Fury and his trainer took a shot at Deontay Wilder's glove conspiracy theory as they began training for the third fight between the pair, scheduled for December.
After their February bout, which Fury dominated and won by seventh-round KO, Wilder and his supporters began circulating wild ideas about the cause of the defeat. One was that Fury had somehow tampered with his gloves, by removing padding or inserting a foreign object.
Fury's trainer SugarHill Steward brutally mocked the assertion after he arrived at the heavyweight's gym in Morecambe and approached a new mural on the wall, depicting the fight.
'This is the right hand that changed the world... I'll get right up close to the pillow fists," said Steward, as he put his hand on the mural.
Sugar Hill has arrived in the UK to train @Tyson_Fury and they've already started laying in to the conspiracy theorists :joy: #FuryWilder3 pic.twitter.com/hFRjK49c60
- Boxing on BT Sport (@BTSportBoxing) September 14, 2020
"Just check there's nothing in them gloves, will you?" joked Fury, as he filmed his coach.
"I don't feel nothing," replied the deadpan Steward. "But the autopsy has said there was a metal object in the gloves. From what I heard."
The reason the American chooses the word "autopsy", which draws laughter from Fury, is due to the comments from Deontay's brother: cruiserweight boxer Marsellos Wilder.
"It was discovered by doctors that my brother has a dent in the side of his head due to a blunt object struck against his head from his last fight,' he posted on Instagram in June.
"No glove or fist was able to cause the damage according to the autopsy."
Clearly Marsellos Wilder meant his brother's post-fight medical examination rather than an autopsy.
But his language slip added fuel to the idea that Wilder's team were grasping at any and every excuse for their man's defeat - from the 40lb weight of his ring entrance costume to loaded gloves to a mysterious pre-fight injury.
All of this has been greeted with glee by Fury. The unbeaten 32-year-old thrives on getting inside his opponent's head before a fight and the signs aren't good for Wilder as Fury and his trainer, the nephew of legendary coach Emmanuel Steward, mock his excuses.
We wouldn't be at all surprised if, the next time we get a glimpse inside Fury's camp, he's training in Wilder's full "bling Sauron" entrance costume, just to further poke fun at his big-punching rival.
All imagery: PA Images/BT Sport
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