Deontay Wilder ‘will fight this year’ after receiving message from Tyson Fury

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Wilder remains the best contender for the WBC title (Image: Getty)

Deontay Wilder ‘weighs his options for the future’ after Tyson Fury urged him to return and fight the winner of Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua.

Fury secured a stunning knockout victory in the sixth round over Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night before insisting he would withdraw from boxing – with the exception of show matches against UFC champion Francis Ngannou.

Should ‘The Gypsy King’ keep his promise and leave his WBC title, Wilder will stand in line to fight for the belt after retaining his No. 1 spot in the governing body despite two punishing defeats in his last two outings.

Wilder sustained a broken hand that required surgery in October’s final defeat to Fury, and he remained speechless when he returned.

But WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman believes the ‘Bronze Bomber’ will soon fight again.

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Fury says he will retire from boxing after beating Whyte (Photo: Getty)

“He takes it easy, he weighs his plans for the future, he had a very busy reign as champion, two knockout losses to Fury, difficult, but he has matured and he is doing very well,” Sulaiman told Sky Sports.

‘He’s fine with his wife, he’s enjoying life, but I’m sure he’s coming back.

‘He is one of those fighters that you rarely see in the ring who has the ability to knock someone out with a punch and he has had many exciting fights. He is an amazing fighter and an amazing person.

‘I’m sure he will fight this year.’

After his victory over Whyte, Fury declared Wilder still to be ‘the second-best heavyweight in the division’ and encouraged him to take his place in a league match against Usyk or Joshua.

Fury told Beyond The Gloves: ‘I would like to see Deontay Wilder fight against anyone [wins Joshua v Usyk II] for it again. ‘

Told that Wilder remains the number one ranked challenger of the WBC, Fury continued: ‘I know, I do not know how it is at all possible, he has lost three games in a row and still number one rated, but it’s up to them.

One thing, Deontay made 10 title defenses, more than anyone else. He equaled Muhammad Ali’s record, beating Vitali Klitschko’s record, not getting the honor he deserves.

‘I believe Deontay Wilder is still the second best heavyweight in the world. And I think he knocks everyone but me out. ‘

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