Tyson Fury insists his rematch with Deontay Wilder “is not a racial war” and played down the influence of Black History Month on the heavyweight title fight.
The WBC champion recently declared the fight in Las Vegas as being culturally significant, while also claiming to be the best African-American boxer in the world. Wilder even admitted his intention to make Fury “a black history trivia question” by defending his title on Saturday.
“I’m just looking forward to February 22. It’s a great moment in time for me,” Wilder declared. “So many different events are happening, and of course we know it’s Black History Month as well. So I’m looking forward to providing my service to my greatness on black history month and like I said, making Tyson Fury a black history trivia question.”
But Fury played down the significance of the annual observance on the fight, as well as refusing to rise to Wilder’s bait. Fury said: “I’m not into all this racial thing. White man vs Black man. And black history month. I refuse to get into that. This is not a racial war! We’re all human beings, it doesn’t matter if you’re black, white, pink or green, we all share the same blood.
“This isn’t a racial war between blacks and whites, it’s a fight between the two highest performing heavyweights on the planet, there’s nothing racial about this fight. I have nothing against Wilder as a man and neither does he against me, but we want to give it to each other.”
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