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Tyson Fury Faked An Injury To Get Inside Deontay Wilder's Head

Tyson Fury Faked An Injury To Get Inside Deontay Wilder's Head

Tyson Fury pretended he picked up an injury in training ahead of his stunning WBC world championship victory over Deontay Wilder.

In the build-up to big fights there are regularly whisperings of nagging injuries and so according to Fury's cousin Andy Lee, who is also part of his team, the Gypsy King purposely feigned a limp in a bid to out a potential mole he believes was in his camp.

Fury even went as far as hobbling at a UFC event mere weeks before he dethroned the Bronze Bomber by beating him via stoppage in the seventh round in Las Vegas, such was the emphasis he placed on mind games.

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"There was a couple days where Tyson messed around to see if leaks would happen," Lee told The Mirror.

"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."

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Fury has proved to be a master of mind games in the build-up to fights and reportedly drank 16 pints of water to weigh-in heavier coming into the Wilder bout.

After the fight, however, the lineal heavyweight champion was extra careful in regards to what water he was drinking.

Fury was fielding questions from the media in a press conference following his emphatic triumph when a spectator attempted to give Fury a bottle of water.

After discovering who was delivering the bottle, he immediately refused.

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Plenty of boxing fans concurred that this was Fury not taking any risks ahead of potential post-fight doping test, similar to the steps he took ahead of his famous victory over Wladimir Klitschko back in November 2015.

Topics: Tyson Fury, Boxing News, Boxing, Deontay Wilder

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Josh is a writer who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.