Tyson Fury has accused Deontay Wilder of being “bitter” because he won’t agree to a rematch.
Fury claims WBC heavyweight champion Wilder has blanked his efforts to negotiate a second showdown after their blockbuster in December ended in a controversial draw.
Fury insists he is doing everything he can to make the second fight happen and suspects the American may be sore because most people felt he lost.
“I did text him just after Christmas to say let’s get the fight arranged,” said the former WBA, WBO and IBF champ.
“Didn’t have a reply – usually not a good sign! Maybe he’s a little bit bitter.”
Fury claims he is unsure what is happening to the negotiations and his broadcasting deal with ESPN has complicated talks because Wilder fights on the rival Showtime network in the US.
“I’m not too sure,” he said. “But I’ve done everything I had to do.
“I won the fight quite clearly, 10 rounds to two. If you’re not going to win on 10 rounds to two, then it’s highly impossible that you’re going to win overseas.
“Maybe if I win 12 out of 12, I might get another draw. Who knows? Wilder needs to improve – drastically.”
Fury insists his first fight with Wilder was “fun”, even though he was put down twice.
His second recovery after being flattened in the 12th round was miraculous and Fury said in an interview in the April edition of British GQ magazine:
“I had fun in there.
“If that’s hell, it’s not a very scary place.
“Yeah, he’s the hardest puncher in the world, but you don’t really feel the punches when you’re in a boxing fight.
“I think your adrenaline’s pumping that much and you’re in the moment, you don’t feel them until the next day really.
“You see everything – if you focus on your opponent. Getting hit is part of the job. That’s it. You get hit by a big heavyweight in the right place and you go over. Simple as.”
Fury, 30, just wants to fight after being out of the ring for two-and-a-half years, battling drugs and depression, and says he would even take on “the binman”.
The unbeaten Traveller, who is 27-0-1, wants to keep busy and says training keeps him in shape physically and mentally.
“I’ll just fight anybody, the local binman, anyone as long as I can keep active and keep busy,” he said.
“It’s not the boxing that drives me, it’s the training. When the boxing’s done, I will always continue to train and that will keep me well, mentally and physically.
“I thought it was the boxing that does that, but I’ve realised it isn’t. It took me a long time to figure that out, 20 years.”
His next opponent is rumoured to be a top heavyweight fighter from Top Rank/ESPN, who are now Fury’s new promoters.
The three names rumoured are Joseph Parker, Kubrat Pulev and Oscar Rivas.
Time will tell though if Fury and Wilder will face off again and give the boxing community the rematch they want to see.