Deontay Wilder’s fitness has been called into question despite the American vowing to run over Tyson Fury like a “freight train” in their trilogy fight.
Wilder is desparate to set the record straight on 24 July after losing his WBC heavyweight title in a crushing TKO defeat by Britain’s Fury in February 2020.
The Bronze Bomber is renowned for his fearsome knockout power which fired him to a professional record of 42 wins, zero losses and a draw with Fury from his first 43 contests.
But his loss to the Gypsy King last year left him requiring surgery on his left bicep, and in his latest training video, Wilder struggles to pull off a mammoth bench press, raising concerns over his condition ahead of the fast-approaching trilogy bout.
The 35-year-old required help from two of his team to manage one rep of a 310-pound (141kg) press and his form was far from optimal.
That did not stop Wilder letting out a triumphant roar after rising from the bench, while he accompanied the video with a warning.
“You say you’re a semi truck but I’m a freight train. Better get your weight up, Tyson Fury,” Wilder wrote on Twitter.
Wilder’s video was met with comments from bemused fans who questioned whether he is truly ready for another contest with undefeated, two-time heavyweight champion Fury.
One enthusiast wrote: “[This] Has to be a troll video surely? All that for a single 140kg/310lbs rep which two people spotted and touched the bar meaning a failed rep? The guy is 96kg/211lbs and 6ft 7?
“Has to be a troll video. Has to be. Fury going to make this guy look like an amateur boxer (again).”
Another fan wrote: “That was single handily the worst bench press I have ever seen, let alone by an ‘elite’ athlete”.
WBC interim champion Dillian Whyte also chipped in on Instagram, writing: “Look at this clown with the baby bench press.”
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A third fan added: “I weigh 72kg and could literally bench this with better form…doesn’t mean I could beat up Tyson Fury though!”
Wilder’s declaration that he is a “freight train” comes after Fury vowed to flatten his rival “like an 18-wheeler” in a press conference earlier this month.
“I gave my game plan away the first time because he wasn’t good enough to do anything about it, I’ll do the same thing this time,” said Fury.
” Deontay Wilder is a one trick pony, he has one punch power, we all know that, great.
“What I’ll do to him this time is run him over as if I’m an 18-wheeler and he’s a human being, I guarantee you it does not go past where it did before.
“I’ve had 18 months of practicing what I’m gonna do to him. I want to get up to 300 pounds for this fight and I’m looking for the big knockout straight away.”