Boxing news: Tyson Fury responds to Deontay Wilder, WBC champion not fussed about ‘franchise’ title, James DeGale goes under the knife

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Fury hits back

Tyson Fury has responded to comments made by Deontay Wilder and told him he will knock him out on February 22.

Wilder suggested the Gypsy King may well duck fighting him in the rematch and ‘fake an injury’ ahead of the latter making his debut in WWE.

The two men fought in December 2018, with the verdict being a draw that night, but Fury has told the WBC heavyweight holder to be prepared for what he has in store.

“Just get through your fight with [Luis] Ortiz, do your own thing,” he said to the American, in a video posted on his Instagram page.

“Stop using my name for relevance.”

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On the mend

Olympic gold medallist and former IBF super-middleweight champion James DeGale has revealed he has undergone surgery on his shoulder for the second time.

DeGale retired in February after losing to fellow Brit Chris Eubank Jr and a series of injuries began to take their toll on the 33-year-old, who was involved in several gruelling fights against the likes of Badou Jack and Caleb Truax.

He first had an operation on his shoulder in 2017 and two years later, has gone back under the knife.


Not for me

Deontay Wilder says he is not interested in being a franchise champion.

Wilder, who has held the WBC’s heavyweight belt since January 2015, says he has does not want to avoid facing mandatory opponents and does not feel the new title would suit him.

“Many people ask me about the ‘franchise’ belt or whatever.

“I don’t know much about it. From what I’m hearing it allows you to stay a champion, you don’t have to fight mandatories and stuff like that.

“If that’s the case, I’m not interested in that.

“I want the mandatories. That’s what makes the sport, guys working their way up, work hard to become number one and then become a mandatory.

“Why would you crown someone that eliminates all that and you don’t have mandatories and different things like that?

“I don’t think being a ‘franchise’ champion would fit me.”

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