WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder 40-0 (39) has questioned the fitness of lineal champion Tyson Fury 27-0 (19) ahead of their December 1 clash at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
The 33-year-old American bomber believes that sudden changes in the Fury camp are indications that he hasn’t prepared properly to face him.
The 30-year-old self-styled ‘Gypsy King’ spent a month training at Big Bear in California, 7,000 feet about sea level, before unexpectedly coming down the mountain to relocate his camp at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood.
“He could not handle the heat and the altitude – he was so high up over there that he could not breathe,” Wilder was quoted as saying the Mirror. “I have trained in Colorado and it’s similar – you cannot breathe up there. I lived, ran and sparred up there and it was hard when you are not used to it.
“That is why he has had to come down to sea level to have the best chance in this fight. Just being up there for two weeks isn’t going to be enough time to prepare for me. Either you have stamina or you don’t.
“Most guys go to Big Bear to get their lungs to expand so that when they go back down to sea level they can breathe differently.”
Fury recently added acclaimed coach Fredide Roach to his team to assist novice trainer Ben Davison in their preparation for the fight. It was a surprise move by the Fury team, but Wilder insists he is abreast of all things happening in the Fury camp.
“It’s funny, everything he has done or is doing, I have known about – he is in my country,” said Wilder. “I have eyes and ears everywhere. I have friends all over the world and when people love you, they love you and they go all the way for you.
“Once you connect with one person, they help you connect with others… then you just have to wait for a phone call.”