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Deontay Wilder has labelled Tyson Fury as a “coward” and warned him he will punish him for trying to get out of their third fight.
The American will face the WBC heavyweight champion on July 24 in Las Vegas.
But Wilder had to win a legal battle to force the trilogy clash after he suffered defeat when they met in February 2020.
That was because Fury and his team were pressing ahead with plans for an undisputed showdown with WBA, IBF and WBO title holder Anthony Joshua despite having a contracted rematch with the Bronze Bomber.
That angered Wilder but he won his arbitration case last month and snubbed a step-aside offer to leave the all-British battle in ruins.
And now the Alabama man has vowed to get revenge for his only career defeat when he takes on Fury next month.
He said: “The lay-off has been good for me and bad for him.
“Because I have only had time to progress, they should have got me earlier but they ran and tried to dodge me and try to do me wrong after I had done right by him and put money in his pocket.
“It's a coward's way to run. I guess being a coward is the thing.
“I hate him now, I think nothing of him, there is bad blood and it will always be bad blood.
“I am going to do more than punish him, I am going to do the most brutal thing you can come up with in your mind and we will go with that.
“Hate is a motivation to destroy, that’s what the devil does every day.”
Wilder, 35, suffered the only defeat of his 34-fight career against Fury but he then made a series of unproven allegations against Fury.
They included claiming the Gypsy King's gloves were tampered with. Something the Brit has strenuously denied.
Wilder then pointed to the fact that Fury has served a backdated two-year ban from UK Anti-Doping in 2017.
He said: “We are dealing with a known drug cheat. A lot of people saw no even, spoke no evil. People didn’t care about what they saw.”
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Wilder could wreck the hopes of an undisputed clash between Fury and Joshua later this year if he gets revenge against his rival.
But he warned it will be him gunning for Joshua to get his hands on all four of the heavyweight belts if he has his hand raised at the T-Mobile Arena next month.
He added: “The mission is the same, it never changed, one champion, one face, one name.”
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- Deontay Wilder
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