Welterweight champion Errol Spence has spoken out against American boxing fans who are backing Tyson Fury over their countryman Deontay Wilder. ‘The Gypsy King’ has become one of the most popular men in all of sport after he battled back from mental health issues and substance abuse to become a heavyweight champion again.
The Englishman battered Wilder on route to a seventh-round stoppage victory earlier this year. Fury will face off against ‘The Bronze Bomber’ in a trilogy fight later this year. He enters the bout more popular than ever, with the backing of fans on both sides of the Atlantic.
Speaking Brian Custer’s Last Stand podcast Spence explained why he doesn’t like the fact Fury is so popular among American fans, he said.
“I’m always going to root for my countryman just like they always root for their guy from the UK.
“He’s [Wilder] the hometown guy, he’s the American kid. That’s what I don’t like either. I don’t like how the American guys are rooting for Tyson Fury and he’s from the UK when all the UK guys are going for their guy.
“All the boxers are going for Tyson Fury and all the fans are going for Tyson Fury. We’ve got people here that have got split support. A lot of Americans are going for Tyson Fury. I don’t like that a lot.” (Transcribed by Boxing Scene)
Is Errol Spence right? Should boxing fans show support for their fellow countrymen?