Deontay Wilder can’t wait to return to the ring soon as he looks to put a tough 2020 behind him.
The ‘Bronze Bomber’ lost his longtime WBC title to fierce rival Tyson Fury last February in a thrilling rematch in Las Vegas.
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Deontay Wilder can’t wait to return to the ring
Fury put on a better career performance to destroy Wilder and claim his belt.
Wilder wanted a third clash with the ‘Gypsy King’ and the chance to avenge that shock defeat.
But the difficulties surrounding the COVID-19 lockdown and boxing politics have meant no deal has been reached and Fury is now looking elsewhere.
Wilder has said he will take legal action to secure a trilogy fight, but that is starting to look unlikely and the 35-year-old American may have to make other plans.
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Deontay Wilder lost to Tyson Fury in February 2020
Will Deontay Wilder fight Tyson Fury again?
Wilder recently said he was “ready [to fight] since September ‘as he struggles to face Fury again.
But the Alabama native thinks Fury is not a “man of his word.”
He said: “You can see me back in the ring in the first week of January, the last early February and we are now looking at the opponents.
“We are not going to sit down and wait for a coward who has an obligation to fulfill but has run away.
“We are not going to sit still, we have to get back into the ring. I have a lot of fans who are eagerly waiting for me to come back to the ring and do what I do best.
“I have been ready since September. You are not a man of your word, you do not fulfill your obligation.
“I helped you, I put millions in your pocket, I made you relevant, now it’s time for you to do the same, that’s all we’re saying.
“They sat down, it was their obligation to put the fight on. They waited until October, and then they talked about dropping the contract. It’s a lie!”
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Anthony Joshua is still on Deontay Wilder’s radar
Who else could Deontay Wilder face next?
Wilder has confirmed that he still hopes to fight Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr in the remaining years of his career.
He said, “You know, the ones at the top that I didn’t fight, didn’t get their hands on, that’s what I want.”
“I know it’s a bit lame, to name a few, but whoever I haven’t met at the top, I’m talking about you.
When asked if Joshua and Ruiz Jr were the primary targets, Wilder replied, “Yeah.
“Any fighter that’s at the top that people haven’t seen me fight and people really want to see me fight, that’s who I want to fight against.
“I can sit here and name names all day long, it’s the easy part.
“I’m just going to get to the top, if it’s someone I haven’t fought against, that’s who I want to fight against.
“I want to clean up the division. People think I quit or quit boxing. I do not have.