While some have been quick to dismiss Deontay Wilder after he was dismantled in seven rounds by a dominant Tyson Fury, ‘The Gypsy King’ is taking nothing for granted and believes the former WBC heavyweight champion will be more dangerous than ever in their contracted trilogy fight.

Fury stunned Wilder and the boxing world with the sheer ease of his victory in February in Las Vegas. Normally, the emphatic nature of Fury’s triumph would have settled the argument, but the duo had already signed a two-fight deal following their controversial draw in December 2018.

While WBC champion Fury naturally remains confident ahead of their third encounter – tentatively scheduled for December 19 – he promises he is taking Wilder as seriously as ever.

“Deontay Wilder is a serious, serious customer and he will get a serious, serious training camp. I know that Deontay Wilder will want to win this more than anything because he’s never lost before,” Fury told The Gary Newbon Sports Show. “It’s his time to prove that he can come back, he can become a two-time world heavyweight champion.

“He’ll be more dangerous in this fight than he ever has been before. This is the only business that I’m interested in, the only business. He only needs to land one punch in the right place and it’s over as we’ve seen him do 40-odd times before. You can never, ever, ever write anybody off. I’ve learned that during my life and my career. I’ve been wrote off every fight I’ve ever had and I always win.

“Never write anybody off. A man who’s lost his last fight, been dropped and everyone’s lost confidence in is always a dangerous man.”