A BODY language expert has claimed Tyson Fury had the edge over Deontay Wilder BEFORE the first bell rang.
Fury dethroned the American of the WBC title in February 2020, after they drew two years beforehand and they now meet in a trilogy on Saturday.
The Gypsy King walked in on a throne, with a crown on his head to the tune of Patsy Cline's 1961 classic 'Crazy'.
And according to expert Mark Bowden, who teamed up with Parimatch, Fury's ring walk oozed confidence.
Here, he breaks down the key factors which put the unbeaten champion on the path to victory.
Tyson has the power
MB: Use of the icon of royalty portrays him as having high status and power, and also communicates that he should not be touched, let alone struck.
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All hail the Gypsy King
MB: The audience are asked to stand for their king which causes a powerful mass display of nonverbal compliance.
This again signals to the opponent his power not only in the title but in others' response to this.
This can prime the opponent to socially comply also to this power signal.
Fury holds the dominance
MB: He is held up high on a throne in a display of height dominance.
Also carried in by women to evoke the mythology of the Amazons, a mythical race of warrior women.
In this imagery he has dominance over these super-women.
A ‘crazy’ Fury approaching?
MB: Images around the stadium are of Fury displaying a face of anger and the word Fury beneath it to evoke the emotions in the audience that he is full of anger, rage, and is a fury of violent power.
The song also sings of “Crazy” to evoke the idea of loss of control.
Conversely however, when carried in he sits calmly on his throne, and when he does rise seems to benevolently give blessings and benedictions to the audience rather like a Pope would do.
Again, using the iconography of uniquely high-status world figures.
Wilder offers no threat
MB: Stands again with arms wide outstretched to display a fully prone body.
This is a very vulnerable position and so shows that he does not suspect anything in the space to be of risk to him physically.
He then stands casually leaning as he sings along to the lamenting song in a display of nonchalant calm.
When you are presenting yourself as the king, you are untouchable and even the gods are on your side.
This affords you to be powerful with a serene calm. This is the story that Fury is playing alongside the large banners of his underlying aggression.
This creates a grand story of his underlying extreme aggression that will be casually released upon his underling once in the ring.
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