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Tyson Fury is confident he will defeat Deontay Wilder in a repeat of his victory from February last year but there will be a key difference this time around.

Coverage will begin at 12pm AEDT but missing from Fury’s corner will be assistant coach Andy Lee, who announced on Twitter that he had run into visa problems.

It came after a number of eagle-eyed boxing fans noticed his absence, raising questions.

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Lee was part of a new team Fury put together ahead of his February 2020 fight with Wilder, including the appointment of head trainer SugarHill Steward.

Unable to travel to Las Vegas, Lee was instead working as a commentator for DAZN during the Liam Smith vs Anthony Fowler event in Liverpool.

It was far from the only drama, with Wilder raising concerns over his gloves prior to their trilogy fight on Sunday morning.

Wilder has been vocal in accusing Fury of tampering with his gloves when he defeated him in their second fight last year.

The Gypsy King though has always refuted that claim and taken aim at both Wilder and his trainer in the lead-up to Sunday’s bout.

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Now a fresh drama has emerged, with Wilder complaining about the horse hair used as padding inside Fury’s gloves.

Wilder was certain it did not provide enough padding, although the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NASC) confirmed his gloves were permitted for use.

That was after NASC cut one glove open to check the padding.

“We had a little situation with the gloves,” Wilder told 78SportsTV.

“I already got word of some funny stuff going on in the back of the gloves.

“When I got into the room I immediately asked about the gloves and was telling them about certain things that happened in the first event with his gloves being funny, how they were bending and folding, even showing certain clips of it.

“They [NASC officials] said they’ve been around boxing 25, 30 years, everybody feels since they’ve been around it they are some type of expert.

“But if you haven’t put a glove on and hit someone in the face to understand what type of amage it could do, or how mechanically a glove can work, it’s 25, 30 years down the toilet.

“You can cut open a glove all day and look inside and still not know what’s going on.”

Wilder claimed the use of horse hair in the gloves was illegal.

“What happened was Fury’s glove that he’s chosen, which is the same thing he had last time, had little to no padding,” he added.

“The rest of it was horse hair, we thought horse hair was illegal and out of the question but they said it was [okay], so we said cool.

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“They opened up my glove and my glove padding is at least two to three inches thick. His glove looks like they’ve already been used, already folded, bended, like they’ve been thrown in the trash and got back out and say, ‘we’re gonna reuse these’.

“My argument was that this is not enough padding in these gloves. They [NASC officials] were trying to convince me the horse hair in the gloves makes up for everything because the horse hair is actually harder than the foam.

“I was telling them they were wrong because the thing about the horse hair is that over time the horse hair can spread, and if it spreads the horse hair gets thinner, that way you only feel that small padding that’s under the horse hair.”

Wilder continued to try convince the NASC official he was right but in vain and instead opted to switch to wearing his Everlast MX.

“I was trying to educate him [the NASC official],” Wilder said.

“As I started explaining more and we got into it more they said, ‘if you want to be on the same playing field you can wear the same gloves or get another selection of gloves’. I said, ‘okay, let me get my [Everlast] MX’.

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“I went back to my old MX to be on fair playing ground. I’m very happy with what’s going on with the gloves. Since they want little to no padding in the gloves, we’re going to have the same thing and may the best man win.”

It means Wilder won’t have anything to complain about should Sunday’s third fight not end in his favour.

Fury will defend his WBC heavyweight boxing crown when he faces Wilder for the third — and probably final — instalment of their three-year ring rivalry.

The two heavyweights fought to a bruising draw in their first fight in Los Angeles in 2018, when Fury overcame a crushing 12th round knockdown after outboxing Wilder for much of the contest.

Fury (30-0-1, 21 KO) then defeated Wilder in February last year via a seventh-round knockout that ended Wilder’s five-year reign as WBC champion.

Neither man has fought since that fight 20 months ago, and Fury was forced to move on from a highly-anticipated bout with former WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua after an independent arbitrator in May ruled that Wilder was instead entitled to a rematch for a third fight.

An outbreak of Covid-19 in Fury’s camp, which affected the British champion and several members of his entourage, forced the fight to be delayed further from July to October.

Wilder was full of excuses for why he lost the second fight, from glove-tampering to having his water spiked from his former trainer.

Now the pressure is on for him to prove he is a different fight now and take down Fury.


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