Deontay Wilder Says He Won’t Wait For Tyson Fury
Deontay Wilder appears to be willing to take a fight before sharing the ring with Tyson Fury a third time.
Wilder last fought back in February. He put the WBC Heavyweight Championship on the line against Fury. “The Gypsy King” handed Wilder the first loss of his pro boxing career. Fury stopped “The Bronze Bomber” in the seventh round via TKO.
A trilogy bout between Fury and Wilder was expected to take place this year. That plan went south when Fury’s team claimed Wilder’s rematch clause expired. Wilder’s camp has denied this and is threatening to take legal action if a third bout doesn’t materialize.
During an appearance on The Last Stand Podcast with Brian Custer, Wilder said he won’t sit on the sidelines waiting for the situation to resolve itself (h/t BoxingScene.com).
“Know that whoever I come back in the ring against, it’s going to come with a purpose. I’ve been training since September. Things haven’t stopped for me. We’ve been going and going. I might take off for a week or so, and then we get back at it. Training hasn’t stopped for me.
“You can see me back in the ring [from] some time the first week of January to—the latest—early February. We’re looking through opponents now. We’re not gonna sit around and wait on some coward who has an obligation to fulfill but ran away from it. We gotta get back in the ring. I got a lot of fans looking forward to me stepping back in the ring. That’s what we’re gonna do. We’re looking now and staying in training.”