Lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has delivered a clear message to rival WBC champion Deontay Wilder: “Don’t s**t yourself now mate”.
Fury 27-0-1 (19) and Wilder 40-0-1 (39) engaged in an epic 12-round thriller Los Angeles in December that saw the self-styled ‘Gypsy King’ climb off the canvas twice in the second half of the fight after controlling much of the early action only to be awarded a draw in a fight many people felt he won.
In the wash-up the WBC ordered an immediate rematch that is yet to be signed.
Video footage emerged this week of a fit-looking Fury hitting the mitts with his coach Ben Davison, moving around the ring with fluidity and looking close to his ideal fighting weight.
“I’m just maintaining my fitness really,” Fury said to BT Sport. “I’m [as] fit now as I was then, same kind of thing.”
In a lighthearted moment Fury turned to the camera and issued a direct message to the undefeated 33-year-old American knockout artist.
“I’m ready to fight. Wilder, let’s get the fight made, don’t s**t yourself now mate,” he said.
The 30-year-old Englishman’s promoter Frank Warren said negotiations are still ongoing with the Wilder camp.
“We want to make the fights that matter and that is what we will do,” insisted Warren. “Those are the only fights Tyson Fury is interested in after reasserting himself as the world’s best heavyweight.”
The veteran promoter laid out his plans for Fury for 2019.
“He may not have the belts, but he is top of the charts again now, and we are working on his rematch with Wilder,” Warren said.
“After [Wilder] he will want Anthony Joshua. And there is no reason from our side why this shouldn’t become a reality.
“It is a fight the British public will demand to see before too long.”