Deontay Wilder goes silent during bizarre boxing press conference

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Deontay Wilder left his latest press conference up to mystery.

The heavyweight boxing star attended a pre-fight media event on Tuesday for his trilogy bout with Tyson Fury on July 24, but didn’t utter a word.

Instead, Wilder sat in silence under a pair of tinted black sunglasses and didn’t take any questions from media or emcee Crystina Poncher. Wilder also sported a pair of headphones with the music playing loud enough for attendees to hear.

Wilder did, though, make an opening statement at the start of the event, which took place at The Novo in Downtown LA. He never gave reason for his silence.

While Fury opted to do media scrums with reporters, Wilder, along with his team, remained on stage, before going backstage and eventually exiting the theater. 

In a traditional pre-bout stare-down, Wilder and Fury faced off for more than five minutes in silence.

Wilder’s trainer did speak on behalf of his client at the event.

“He’s just not feeling it, man,” Scott told ESPN. “What I could say is he’s in a very violent mood. He’s been like that in training camp. He shuts down. And honestly, I don’t mind it. I think this fight sells itself. I think him not saying nothing is selling itself. Boxing is quirky. Boxing is weird.”

Meanwhile, Fury said he doesn’t think Wilder is prepared to step into the ring with him in July.

“I think he’s doing it for the wrong reasons,” Fury said, adding that he doesn’t think Wilder is “mentally, physically or emotionally” invested in the bout.

“When people do things for the wrong reasons, they always wind up getting hurt.”

Wilder and Fury’s upcoming fight, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, marks the third time the two heavyweights will go at it in the ring.

The duo’s first bout, in Dec. 2018, ended in a draw, before Fury dominated Wilder in seven rounds in their second fight in Feb. 2020.

Last year, Wilder accused Fury of tampering with his own gloves to make them heavier in their second meeting. He made a separate comment about his own fight attire, claiming the weight of his entrance costume caused him to experience cardio struggles.

As for what’s on the line this time around? Fury’s WBC world heavyweight championship.

Other fights on the card include Frank Sanchez-Efe Ajagba, Robert Helenius-Adam Kownacki, and Jared Anderson, whose opponent has yet to be announced.

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