Roy Jones Jr. slams 'crazy' Deontay Wilder and lays down challenge to Tyson Fury

Former four-division world champion Roy Jones Jr. says Deontay Wilder was already a beaten man in the first round of his clash with Tyson Fury, while he challenged the Gypsy King to become an all-time great.

The Bronze Bomber lost his WBC heavyweight title after twice being knocked down at the MGM Grand on Saturday night before his corner finally threw in the towel in the seventh round.

Wilder has announced he will trigger a rematch clause and was furious that the contest was stopped, but Jones says it is ‘crazy’ to think he still had a chance of knocking out Fury and was going downhill from round one.

Asked about Wilder saying he still felt he has a chance of landing a knockout blow before the towel was thrown in, Jones told CBS Sports’ State of Combat podcast: ‘He probably feels he [still had a chance] because he dropped Fury two times in the first fight but he was feeling much better in that fight because Fury wasn’t fighting with a game plan, he was still learning him.

‘In the second fight, Fury had a great game plan and was executing it to a T! He was executing it to a T and there was nothing to do for Wilder but to go downhill.

‘There was no uphill for him in that fight and anybody that thought he had a chance is crazy because Fury had broken him down from round one and he was going downhill since then. If Wilder thought he had a chance, he was wrong and I’m sorry but that’s just what the facts are.’

Fury has now won every belt available to him and is only the second man after Muhammad Ali to win the Ring Magazine title twice, though Jones believes he needs to claim bigger scalps to really cement his credentials as an all-time great.

He continued: ‘You can’t call [Fury] an all-timer because the bully [Wilder] just hadn’t been bullied yet. The bully beat a lot of people, don’t get me wrong. But if you look back at the names on [Wilder’s] record, they don’t add up to the names on Mikey Tyson’s record.

‘The only person that has a record that we knew anything about — and he never had a professional career and was a celebrated amateur, at best — was [Luis] Ortiz. Ortiz was a good fighter but with his lack of pro experience, Wilder took him into the deep water last time and drowned him.

‘That’s the only real fighters I see on his record that you can say this guy is a real credible fighter because of his amateur career because he hasn’t beaten anybody as a pro either. So when you look at it, Tyson Fury did take a bully that hadn’t been beat yet and no one thought could be beat and he walked him down and beat him.

‘Right now, he still has to beat a few more fighters to become one of the greats but he is a great fighter. I told Tyson Fury about four or five years ago that if you get yourself together and rededicate yourself, you could beat all these guys. That’s what he’s doing right now.’

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