Tyson Fury finally reveals why he licked blood off Deontay Wilder’s neck

The Gypsy King appeared to have a taste of Wilder’s blood in their rematch (Pictures: BT Sport / Getty)

Tyson Fury has finally addressed the shocking moment he appeared to lick blood off Deontay Wilder’s neck in their thrilling rematch last year, claiming he wanted to ‘taste his prey’.

The Gypsy King claimed the WBC world title in Las Vegas a year ago when he produced a bulldozing and powerful masterclass, knocking his American opponent down several times before the fight was stopped in the seventh round.

In one clinch, the dominant Fury taunted Wilder by waggling his tongue and appearing to lick his blood-stained neck, and the Brit has now confirmed that he did indeed want to taste his opponent’s blood.

Fury gave Wilder a large cut in his ear which even burst his eardrum (Picture: Getty Images)

Asked about the incident in an interview with ESPN, Fury said: ‘Like a vampire! In the pre-fight interview, I said I wanted to taste Deontay Wilder’s blood this time.

‘So I had an opportunity to do it there in round six, so I had to taste his blood just so I could get the feeling of what my prey tasted like.

‘I was like a hunter that night, I was a lion and he was a gazelle. A large gazelle. And I took him down and that was it, game over.’

Asked if he would ever do something that strange outside of the ring, Fury continued: ‘Different mindset. Animal instinct comes out inside the boxing ring and it’s either him or you.

‘But it is weird because I’ve not noticed anyone lick anyone else’s blood before – I hope he didn’t have any germs or anything! Or else I’ve got his cooties now baby!’

Fury and Wilder were due to have a trilogy fight last year but it never materialised, with the 32-year-old blaming the Bronze Bomber for the bout falling through on multiple occasions and does not expect to face off against the American again.

‘As far as I’m concerned the chapter is done. I beat him twice. I absolutely smashed him to pieces the second time, it wasn’t even a contest,’ explained Fury.

Fury has no intention of having a third fight against Wilder (Picture: Getty Images)

‘He had a full year to make another fight and I agreed to about seven dates, yet none of them materialised. And the contract expired and now nothing, there’s no fight between me and Deontay Wilder.

‘But Deontay Wilder’s got more on his brain than fighting, I’ll tell you that. I think he’s lost his marbles. I think Deontay Wilder is struggling at the moment, mentally, physically and emotionally. That’s just me looking from the outside as a person who has already been there.

‘Obviously the beating he took in the fight has really affected him because he obviously thought he couldn’t lose to anybody, and then when he’s been in there and been beaten like that, it’s clearly had a mental effect on him.’

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