Tyson Fury’s preparations for Deontay Wilder took an unorthodox turn the night before their first meeting in 2018.
Having had just two comeback bouts, the ‘Gypsy King’ jumped into a world title challenge with the WBC champion in his own country.
Wilder and Fury drew in their first fight
Many felt the Brit was unfortunate not to get the decision, despite suffering two knockdowns.
Bu Fury has now revealed to WBC Talks: “When I was boxing Deontay Wilder in Los Angeles, 2018, it was the night before the fight.
“I had this urge to go downstairs and have a beer.
“So, I thought, ‘You know what, I’m fighting for the heavyweight championship of the world, my body’s telling me I want a beer, I’m gonna go downstairs and have one.’
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“I called up my buddy who organises things for me – Tim.
“I said, ‘Tim, meet me downstairs in five minutes at the bar.’
“He said, ‘What?’
“I said, ‘Tim, meet me downstairs in five minutes.’
In the rematch, Wilder was put down twice and his trainer called a halt to the fight in round seven
“I go downstairs and I get two beers, one for me, one for my buddy, Tim.
“He said, ‘What are you doing, you’re fighting for the heavyweight championship of the world tomorrow night.’
“I was like, ‘Listen, the old-time greats, they used to have brandies and used to get absolutely sackless drunk before championship fights.’
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“So I thought, ‘If I can’t have a beer, I’ll be right.’
“I ended up having a beer, I felt good, went to bed, got an early night.
“And I felt great the next day and I put up a good fight.”
When they met 14 months later in the rematch, a fully match-fit and fully sober Fury knocked Wilder out within seven rounds.