Deontay Wilder vows to ‘legally murder’ Tyson Fury in trilogy clash

Deontay Wilder has vowed to 'legally murder' Tyson Fury in a brash statement of intent ahead of their trilogy in Las Vegas next month.

The pair will face off for the third time on July 24, just under a year-and-a-half after Fury brutally stopped the American in the seventh round of their rematch.

Fury had been set to take on fellow world champion Anthony Joshua in August before an arbitration ruling ordered that he fight Wilder once more.

And speaking in an Instagram live stream with his promoters Premier Boxing Champions, Wilder made a vicious proclamation about what will happen when he faces Fury again.

"My mind is very violent," he told host Ray Flores. "We built a whole facility to commit a legal homicide and that's just what it is, my mind is very violent at this time.

"I can't wait, when you're contemplating and pre-meditating about harming a man and you see that person, what you've been thinking and feeling will come out.

"The only thing about it is, at that point in time, I have to wait until I get in the ring to really release because I can't do it on the outside, it'd defeat the purpose.

"The baby's got to eat, but when I do get in the ring, this is what I love about it, I'm able to release everything I've been feeling, everything I've been thinking, and get paid to do it."

This is not the first time Wilder has claimed he will end a fighter's life, drawing the ire of many in the sport when he declared in 2018 that he wanted a 'body on his record' before reiterating the claim the following year.

"Anybody can go and on this particular time we have bad blood against each other," he said of opponent Dominic Breazeale in 2019. "This is the only sport where you can kill a man and get paid for it at the same time.

"It’s legal. So why not use my right to do so?

"His life is on the line for this fight and I do mean his life. I’m still trying to get me a body on my record."

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Wilder has made a number of claims as to why he lost his second bout with Fury, after they drew in December 2018 with many experts believing Fury was robbed.

He has claimed Fury was tampering with his gloves, that his coach Mark Breland, who threw in the towel as the Brit was unloading on him in the seventh round, was 'disloyal', and that his ring walk suit was too heavy and weighed him down, among others.

Fury has denied these claims, but it hasn't stopped the American insisting he was cheated out of this title.

"We know he doesn't have any power," Wilder said, despite being knocked down twice by Fury. "He gave me the best of him in that ring and I took it all, I knew what was going on with my body, I felt it when the mask [on his ring walk suit] came off.

"Everybody at the top of the arena looking at the screen knew there was something off with me, I could have gone back to my corner and said 'I don't feel right I shouldn't fight'.

"But I accepted the challenge, I heard that bell ding and I said 'let's go', because that's my warrior mentality, the warrior mindset."

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