Deontay Wilder has ridiculed former WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders for his ‘stupid’ £70,000 wager on Tyson Fury to win.
The American WBC kingpin is set to put his undefeated record and world title belt on the line against Saunders’ compatriot Fury on Saturday night at Staples Center, Los Angeles.
The 29-year-old middleweight decided to back his close friend to win with odds of 11/8 on a stake of £70,000 — meaning ‘Superb’ Saunders will claim a prize of £166,250 should the ‘Gypsy King’ emerge victorious.
Billy Joe seemed relaxed and confident when placing the enormous wager with Ladbrokes and even suggested to his 279k instagram followers that he would buy his bookie a drink should the bet come off.
However, Wilder has brandished the Hertfordshire-born fighter a ‘fool’ and insists he will lose every penny come Saturday night.
“That’s a stupid move?” Wilder told ESNews.
“He should have kept that money. When he is broke, he’s going to remember what he did.
“That’s stupid, foolish, I’m going to make sure he regrets it. I’m going to make sure he doesn’t make that money.
“I promise him that, I guarantee you that, you made a stupid move.”
Saunders and Wilder have come head-to-head previously as the pair clashed in a Belfast Nando’s ahead of Fury’s bout with Francesco Pianeta in August. The argument turned ugly when a brawl ensued in the restaurant prompting security to step in.
There is clearly no love lost between the two fighters with Wilder adamant that Saunders will regret the day he bet against him.
“I would rather you bet on me and lied to him you bet on him,” Wilder continued.
“Any fool that bet against me, they’re going to lose.
“I made a lot of people rich just off betting, no-one has made money betting against me. But I’ve made many people rich betting with me.”
On 27 September, Saunders tested positive for oxilofrine, a known stimulant within the sport. The test was carried out by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) which then led to the announcement that the 29-year-old had vacated the WBO middleweight title in anticipation of being stripped.
On 20 October, Demetrius Andrade defeated Walter Kautondokwa via unanimous decision to claim the vacant title.