Mike Tyson tells Deontay Wilder to 'grow up' for moping about losing to Tyson Fury

Mike Tyson has never been a man to mince his words.

He may be a far calmer and gentler man in his older years than he was in his boxing pomp, but that doesn’t mean Iron Mike is always going to provide sympathetic analysis.

One man who Tyson is certainly not feeling sorry for right now is Deontay Wilder.

The Bronze Bomber’s excuses after his devastating loss to Tyson Fury back in February have seen his reputation soured.

First it was the training camp and then it was the ring-walk costume. Sometimes, it’s just better for a fighter to admit they were outclassed on the night by an elite opponent, as Wilder was.

Tyson has now come out and urged Wilder to ‘grow up’ and to stop feeling sorry for himself about the events that unfolded on February 22 in the MGM Grand Arena.

Iron Mike told rapper Fat Joe on an Instagram Live interview, per Daily Mail:  “[Wilder] feels like giving up, ‘Oh, my life is over. I’ve made $90million dollars (£73m). My life is over. Oh God, I want to die.’ Grow up.”

Savage, but fair. After his little rant, Tyson did offer his countryman some advice on how to bounce back from the first defeat of his professional career.

He added: “Keep going through it until it’s really over.

“Wilder can still make a lot of money. He shouldn’t feel sad or discouraged. And he should continue to go out there and fight with a lot of zest and confidence.”

However, Tyson doesn’t fancy Wilder’s chances against Fury when they eventually meet for their trilogy fight – unless the American can turn his career around.

“Listen, he didn’t fight the same fight as he fought the first fight,” Tyson quipped.

“The first fight, [Wilder] fought with confidence like he could win. In this fight, he fought like he didn’t have no zest, no life in him. I don’t think he was the same fighter after the first fight.

“After the first fight, [Wilder] couldn’t rise to the occasion again.”

If the same Fury turns up in the third fight, you really do fear for Wilder.

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