Deontay Wilder advised to take warm-up fight instead of Tyson Fury rematch

Deontay Wilder has been advised to forgo the chance to win back his heavyweight title and rebuild following his defeat by Tyson Fury .

The dethroned champion looks set to trigger the rematch clause in his contract which would see him challenge Fury by the middle of July.

But George Groves believes his defeat was so one-sided that Wilder should look to rebuild before taking on the Brit for a third time.

"I think in a perfect world for him he should have a rebuilding phase and a camp which is not as intense," he told After The Bell .

"The build-up for a world title fight against someone like Tyson Fury… you're going to have to parade around and expend a lot of energy.


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"He should be focusing on the rebuild phase of his career and of his first loss, something he is going to struggle to process.

"But commercially if he doesn't trigger the rematch clause he might be frozen out of a world title fight for a significant amount of time and no-one wants that. You've got to be a brave fighter to make that decision.

"But unless he knows something went wrong in camp an he can make significant changes, he should leave it for a couple of fights.

"Everyone's on such a high from the weekend there are a lot of people talking about the fighters but its hard to get excited about seeing the fight again when it was so dominant."

In the aftermath of Fury's win on Saturday, Anthony Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn expressed hope he could finally make an undisputed fight between the two Brits.

Wilder's decision to face Fury for a third time looks set to scupper those hopes for now.

But Fury's promoter Frank Warren is keen to pay Wilder to step aside and allow the domestic clash to happen first.

"I prefer to go straight to Joshua but that's the contract," Warren told the BBC. "If he insists on the fight, we're locked into it.

"It has to be honoured unless we reach some accommodation for him to step aside. We could pay him to step aside if he wants to do that, but that's his choice.

"It would be lucrative for him, but I have spoken to his manager and Deontay does believe he has the beating of Tyson, and he can knock him out.

"I don't believe that. I fancied Tyson to stop him before the fight at the weekend."

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