Back in January 2016, Deontay Wilder had just knocked out Arthur Szpilka in the ninth round and retained his WBC World heavyweight championship. Soon after the win, none other than Tyson Fury stormed into the ring and the two had a heated verbal exchange in front the cameras and possibly planting a seed for a heavyweight clash.
With Fury’s recent activity on social media, the former world heavyweight champion has made it clear he hasn’t forgotten about Deontay Wilder and called him out in a recent Instagram post.
During his fight week preparations in New York, Wilder was asked to respond to Fury’s call out by Seconds Out.
I reckon I can beat @anthonyfjoshua & @BronzeBomber now even at 25 stone & after being out almost 2 years! My style is unbeatable. Ask wlad
— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) October 31, 2017
“First of all, he’s got to get in shape. Then get his license. Once he gets his license and gets in shape, then we will believe anything Tyson says,” told Wilder.
Fury is currently still stuck in his situation with UK Anti-Doping and the British Boxing Board of Control. But signs point towards Fury getting his license back possibly in January once his legal team sets up the date for the final hearing with UKAD.
‘The Gypsy King’ is one of the most polarizing fighters in boxing, but the American World heavyweight champion has nothing but support for the former heavyweight king despite Fury’s talks of knocking him out.
“I would love for him to come back. I love the kid. I like everything about him. I respect him as a fighter. First and foremost I respect all fighters, whether they are champions or not. If you get into that ring and fight, I’ll respect you. It takes a certain caliber of a person to step into that ring. That’s why I don’t like certain people calling people bums and stuff,” said the WBC champion.
Wilder will defend his heavyweight title this weekend against mandatory challenger Bermane Stiverne at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.