Deontay Wilder has sent an impassioned message of support for Tyson Fury who is taking time away from boxing less than a year after confronting America’s world heavyweight champion.
Fury was two months into his reign as WBA ‘Super’, IBF and WBO title-holder last January when he leapt into the ring moments after Wilder had successfully defended his WBC belt against Artur Szpilka.
Wilder has sympathy for Fury’s plight and reiterated that a future fight, instigated by the Brit, remains on the agenda.
“May God be with him, and I look forward to the return of Tyson Fury because we didn’t promote that fight all year for nothing, trust me,” Wilder exclusively told Sportsclubsociety. “That one’s got to happen, whether he’s got a belt or not.
“I hope to see Tyson back in the ring, and I think he will return. I have prayed for his recovery.
“He’s a great guy. You’ve got to understand a person – where they came from, and where they’re trying to go.
We didn’t promote that fight all year for nothing, trust me.
“Sometimes people can come off harsh, especially when they’re trying to prove stuff, especially in this sport. You’ve got to be a certain type of character sometimes. But sometimes guys will build a certain type of character then they can’t turn it off. You’ve got to know how to turn that switch off.
“You’re not that type of person, but when you try to build yourself and promote things, it may seem that way. You’re only human, and a human can only take so much battering and disrespect from millions and millions of people. You’re only one person and you can’t battle the world.”
Addressing Fury’s critics, Wilder said: “People have to learn to back off sometimes. Half of the people don’t mean what they say – they want to be relevant, they want their voice to be heard. They want you to respond because they’re big fans of yours and they want attention.”
The Alabama knockout artist, Wilder, will have one eye on Anthony Joshua’s upcoming IBF title defence against Eric Molina, live on Sportsclubsociety Box Office on December 10.
Wilder believes the fight is “build-up” to a unification bout with Joshua, saying: “If he comes victorious, everyone wants to see him fight the man. And I am the man. No matter what people say, I am the man, especially in America.”
Anthony Joshua vs Eric Molina is live on Sportsclubsociety Box Office on December 10.