Deontay Wilder breaks silence on Tyson Fury vs Tom Schwarz fight, says Brit fought a ‘punching bag’

Deontay Wilder has been cautious with his praise of past/future opponent Tyson Fury following his win over Tom Schwarz on Saturday night.

The WBC champion drew with the ‘Gypsy King’ last December in a bout many felt the challenger won, and the pair are now being lined up for a 2020 rematch.

Tyson Fury outclassed Tom Schwarz with ease

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Tyson Fury outclassed Tom Schwarz with ease

In the meantime, both men have secured knockout wins with Wilder blasting Breazeale in the first and Fury pummelling Schwarz in the second.

The ‘Bronze Bomber’ responded instantly to taunt Anthony Joshua on social media in the aftermath of his shock defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr, but kept quiet immediately after Fury vs Schwarz.

He instead saved his thoughts for an interview and told The Athletic: “It was a cool performance. It wasn’t much of an opponent. I think [Schwarz] only threw four punches. He was a punching bag.

“Fury did what he was supposed to. They’re trying to promote him up, saying things, selling this story about him over and over again, talking about him as the lineal champion…

“It’s building him up. But the performance was just OK.”

Wilder knocked out his mandatory Dominic Breazeale on May 18

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Wilder knocked out his mandatory Dominic Breazeale on May 18

With Wilder, Joshua and Fury all fighting within a month of one another, there was always going to be a high level of scrutiny and performance comparison between the trio.

When asked who put on the most impressive showing, the WBC champion declared: “Hands down, me. No question. That’s self-explanatory…

“I give people that exciting, sitting-on-the-edge-of-their-seat moments. This is what the heavyweight division is about.

”Those moments of suspense, where, as a fan, if you take your focus off for one second – you look at your pizza, or go to the bathroom – you miss it, and you have to look back at the highlights.

“So hands down, my performance topped Fury’s.”