According to WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs), he doesn’t blame Tyson Fury for not going forward with their rematch.
Wilder and Fury fought to a controversial twelve round split draw back in December at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
Fury used his boxing skills to give Wilder fits during the contest, but he went down twice during the contest – including a hard knockdown in the twelfth that appeared to be the end at one point.
They were on path to a rematch, but the talks fell apart after Fury signed a co-promotional agreement with Top Rank and ESPN, who wanted him to face others prior to a Wilder rematch.
Wilder will now face Dominic Breazeale on May 18th at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. And Fury will take on Tom Schwarz on June 15th in Las Vegas.
“We talked and he said he wanted the fight. It happened just like that. I didn’t have to fight Fury, but I wanted to fight the best. Don’t doubt me when I want to close all conversations of doubt,” Wilder told the Richard Poxon podcast.
“I wanted to give it to the fans, live and in action. To prove to you I am the best. I don’t see nothing wrong with that. People who don’t want to see that are not a fan of boxing, you’re just here to cause chaos.
“I can’t control these guys and the path they choose in life. They going to choose what’s best for them and their career. I’m a risk, a high-risk. I’m a massive risk to your health and your career.
“When they stalled for a whole week with the contract in front of them, I knew something was up. My manager Shelly was like, ‘they haven’t answered the phone. Maybe they’ll call back’. With Shelly and (Frank) Warren being friends, we knew something was up when he wasn’t answering his phone calls. But it’s all good.”