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Deontay Wilder has labelled boxing rival Tyson Fury a ‘coward’ for ‘trying to avoid’ the American. The Gypsy King was all set for a heavyweight showdown with Anthony Joshua, only to be ordered by an arbitration judge to fight Wilder in a second rematch, after stripping the Bronze Bomber of his WBC title last February.
Fury and Wilder are now set to fight for a third time at Las Vegas’ new Allegiant Stadium on July 24.
The 35-year-old American told 78SportsTV: “My mentality is – you’ve been contemplating about hurting a person so bad, to the point you wanna disfigure him so his mother wouldn’t even know who he was. You wanna decapitate him in every way, like premeditated stuff. There’s nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. You got to go through me. I’m the hardest puncher in heavyweight history, and I’m going to continue to do that.
“I’m ready to get this title back. We were contractually obligated to have a fight. He gave his word. When you do all that – and we have the proof – you got to abide by that. You got to handle the business, and you can’t close the chapter without going through Deontay Wilder.”
Wilder said that Fury was trying to get out of a trilogy fight by pushing forward plans to fight Joshua: “Of course, I look at it as a coward way of trying to avoid me.”