Deontay Wilder has warned Tyson Fury that he is eyeing revenge after the American heavyweight returned to training.
Wilder lost his WBC world title belt to Fury in February 2020 after his trainer Mark Breland threw in the towel in the seventh round, with the ‘Gypsy King’ having already inflicted two knockdowns in the third and fifth rounds.
The ‘Bronze Bomber’ went on to make a number of wild accusations against his ex-trainer Breland and Fury in the aftermath of the fight but the referee on the night, Kenny Bayless, subsequently revealed he was on the verge of stopping the bout himself.
Wilder has not fought since as he took some time away from the gym following his first professional defeat – with his only draw coming in the first fight with Fury in December 2018.
But Wilder, who is now working with Jay Deas following his split with Breland, has posted a picture on his Instagram alongside his co-trainer and former boxer Malik Scott.
The comment read: "The action of harming someone because they have harmed oneself; Revenge”, and among the hashtags included was #Retaliation.
Wilder had initially hoped to force a third fight with Fury and planned to invoke a clause in the pair’s contract which would have enabled him to do so, with a fight in December 2020 initially planned.
However, late last year it was claimed the clause in the agreement had expired and by that point Fury’s attention had already moved to a huge unification fight with fellow Brit Anthony Joshua.
Wilder has started legal proceedings but his promoter Bob Arum insists the Fury-Joshua fight will not be impacted and that ‘at worst there might be a claim for damages’.
With Joshua currently occupying the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO world titles and Fury with the WBC strap, if the pair were to meet as planned, the victor is on course to become the first unified heavyweight champion of the world in 21 years, with the last being Lennox Lewis in April 2000.
At 35 and after a long lay-off, fans were left wondering whether Wilder was still planning to challenge for a world title.
But speaking earlier this month, Wilder told the 'We Might Need Counselling’ podcast: “We in it for a reason. I love it. I’m in love with it. But trust is hard to come by because it’s money. Desperate times call for desperate measures. It’s a sport that I love, and I’m going to continue to do it and show my greatness in it.
“I have got a lot of things that I want to do in this sport. But politics play a big part in certain things happening. Management, promotion companies. Certain guys don’t want their fighters to fight certain guys because they plan for their guys. It’s a lot that goes on.
"Boxing is a dirty business, man. Some people would say it’s a business, but it’s a good business when you are making money.
“I guess everyone is happy when they are making money. It’s a money-driven business. I’m not going to bash my sport, although I speak facts of it. It’s a monster of a sport.”
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