Deontay Wilder has launched a scathing attack on Tyson Fury, branding his heavyweight rival a ‘coward’ for refusing an immediate rematch.
Fury and Wilder were due to fight again earlier this year before the Gypsy King pulled out of talks and signed a shock promotional deal with Top Rank and ESPN.
Wilder has been made to wait for his chance to take on Fury again and believes the British fighter jumped at the chance to postpone the rematch.
‘I don’t know with these characters,’ Wilder told Boxing Scene.
‘I don’t know what they’re thinking. You know, it’s all fun and games to Tyson Fury. If it wasn’t fun and games for him, he would’ve rematched me instantly.
‘If he had the heart of a warrior and a mindset of a warrior and a champion, he would’ve rematched me instantly.
‘Not waited until someone came and saved him, so he can have an excuse to cop out of the rematch.
‘He knows he’s not getting $100million, not even $80m, and it probably ain’t even $70m.
‘His promoter (Bob Arum) even said that himself. So, he wanna run around here like he getting a $100m contract; that’s not true, but he wanna use that as a cop out to not fight me, that’s a coward, that’s a f****** coward if I’ve ever seen one.
‘I’m just happy to be who I am. I can’t worry about these other fighters, or what they’re doing or what they’re thinking.
‘Boxing, I love this sport, but you just don’t know what’s gonna happen until it happens.’
Fury is scheduled to fight this weekend in Las Vegas in another tune-up bout ahead of his rematch with Wilder.
The heavyweight duo are booked to fight again in February, should they come through their next bouts.
Wilder is expected to fight Luiz Ortiz at the end of the year, while Fury faces the unheralded Swede Otto Wallin on Saturday.