Deontay Wilder feels it was gypsy magic that helped Tyson Fury get back up from the 12th-round knockdown in their first fight. At the start of their rivalry in 2018, the two fought to a draw at the Staples Center for the WBC Heavyweight title.
Though Wilder managed to walk out as Champion that night and even had two KDs to his name, it was Fury’s ability to outbox him everywhere else and come back to win the round after being knocked down in the 12th that really stuck with fans.
Back then Fury was on his redemption tour as he tried to regain his world titles after losing it all to drugs and other vices. Fury who was terribly overweight less than 15 months ago was now fighting the hardest hitting heavyweight in recent memory and doing very well too.
Deontay Wilder still believes a delayed count helped Fury during the first fight
On his appearance at the JRE podcast, Wilder acknowledged that while he firmly believes there was a genuinely delayed count by the referee in the 12th, there had to be something supernatural in him getting back up to fight after hitting the canvas so hard.
He said, “There’s a lot of other things too, you know he’s still a gypsy though” as he waved his finger indicating something supernatural being involved. Joe also seemed to agree doing a similar gesture with his fingers.
Tyson as his nickname, The Gypsy King suggests, is of gypsy heritage. The Gypsies are an ancient Romani-based group of nomads that have their diasporas spread around the world. Fury is of Irish Traveller descent. Though he shares no connection with the actual gypsies of Romani heritage, the tribe Fury identifies with is known as the same regardless due to their nomadic lifestyle.
The Gypsies are believed to be mysterious in their cultural practices with many suggesting they can sense the future. This depiction of Gypsies was best seen in the hit BBC show, Peaky Blinders, where the main character casts all descent from gypsies.
Since that first meet, Fury has gone on to decisively beat Wilder twice more before he retired from boxing after one last defense against Dilian Whyte. He has however repeatedly suggested that for the right amount of money (in the ballpark of $500 Million) he is willing to face the winner of Usyk v Joshua 2, to be held this weekend in Saudi Arabia.