Tyson Fury has begun the promotional build-up for his trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder in 2020 by defending the American’s performance in February.
Just over a month after his famous victory, Fury finally opened up on plans to battle Wilder again later this year.
Despite some attempted diversion to talk of a British super-fight with Anthony Joshua, Fury is firmly on board with the contracted third clash.
‘The Gypsy King’ is keen to inflict more damage on ‘The Bronze Bomber’ after a pummeling performance in Las Vegas.
On the back of Wilder laying the blame for his drab effort elsewhere, Fury believes a much stricter challenge could await.
“That wasn’t the Deontay Wilder that I prepared for,” Fury told talkSPORT. “Although it was a fantastic victory for myself. It was a great fight, but it just did seem that Wilder maybe wasn’t himself.
“Maybe his legs were sore from the costume. And maybe he did have the flu? Perhaps he had a broken arm or a bone in his back.
“I’m unsure because that wasn’t the Deontay Wilder I prepared for. That wasn’t the animal I put myself through all those hours in training for.
“I said it would be one of my easiest fights. It was. That was one of my easiest fights, apart from my early knockdowns.
“And on this level, you don’t usually get that easy victory, not with heavyweight champions of the world.
“The guy’s been heavyweight champion of the world and made 10 title defenses. They knocked out every single person.
“To go in there with me, who’s usually a boxer, counter-puncher, master-skilled boxer, and get destroyed in a few rounds.
“I trained for an absolute battle royale. I didn’t get that,” he added.
Fury vs Wilder III
Wilder is going back to the drawing board. The massive puncher now gets a lot more time to prepare, no part thanks to the coronavirus outbreak.
Once the sport does resume, an expected announcement is set to go down for Fury vs. Wilder III at the same venue as the rematch.
The MGM Grand will once again host what will be another installment of the biggest heavyweight fight in this era. Wilder bids to erase the memory of his most awful night.
In the process, Wilder knows any redemption would breed an unprecedented fourth encounter in 2021.