Tyson Fury feels Deontay Wilder's motivation to fight him for a third time comes down to the lucrative purse on offer.

After a dramatic draw in the first bout between the pair in December 2018, Fury was crowned WBC heavyweight champion when he convincingly defeated Wilder six weeks ago.

The American's corner threw in the towel in the seventh round and the victor is surprised a third bout is on the cards.

Fury ultimately believes Wilder has taken the option to fight again due to money, rather than a real desire to come up against him once more.

"I was surprised [he took a third bout] because it was a one-sided fight," Fury said to talkSPORT.

"He didn't win a second of that second fight, but in this game it's a short game and a short career, and there's an old saying, 'We've gotta make hay while the sun shines.'

"And for Deontay Wilder at the age of 34, how many big fights out there are left for him after a domination like he had?

"So I understand where he's coming from. I understand that he has probably got a lot of bills to pay.

"I don't know the man's personal circumstances, but from what I've seen of these American fighters and sportsmen, they always live a rock star's lifestyle, even though they are not rock stars.

"They go through a lot of money quite quickly. Just look at Mike Tyson, he went through like a billion dollars. So I'm sure that the money side of it is the tempting thing.

"I don't think it's too tempting to go in there and get an absolute beating like he did before, but he would be tempted by the amount of money that he would receive.

"I think that's the reason he's taking the fight, for the money."

Fury was frustrated by what Wilder brought to the table for their rematch after putting himself through a gruelling training camp.

"To be honest I was quite disappointed in the challenge that Wilder brought because I did train for 12 rounds at any pace," he said.

"I put myself through hell and back for 10 weeks in the training camp and I prepared for the best fighter on the planet, for the most vicious puncher on the Earth that there's ever been.

"Maybe all the excuses he made, some of them were true. Maybe his legs were sore from the costume, maybe he did have the flu, maybe he did have a broken arm or a bone in his back or whatever.

"I'm not sure because that wasn't the Deontay Wilder that I prepared for. That wasn't the animal I put myself through all those hours in training for.

"From what I'm seeing, if that's the best out there, then I'm not gonna get the worthy challengers that I crave."

Dillian Whyte has no doubt he could knock out Anthony Joshua if he were granted a huge domestic rematch with the heavyweight champion.

Ahead of his Manchester bout with Alexander Povetkin, presently scheduled for May 2, Whyte wants to maintain his momentum and earn a shot at fellow Briton Joshua.

IBF, WBA and WBO champion Joshua is the only person to have defeated Whyte (27-1), having knocked him out in 2015.

But Whyte believes the outcome will be different in a second meeting, citing his superior skillset to Andy Ruiz Jr.

Ruiz stunningly stopped Joshua in New York last June, only to lose the December rematch in Saudi Arabia.

"If Ruiz can knock him out, I can 100 per cent knock him out, because I'm a harder puncher than Andy Ruiz, pound-for-pound," Whyte said to Sky Sports.

"I've got better feet than him as well, and better boxing technique than Andy Ruiz. He's got fast hands, but his feet are slow.

"I've shown also in fights that I can come back from being down on the scorecards and I carry knockout power in the later stages of the fight as well, which is a big thing for a heavyweight.

"A lot of heavyweights can only get you in one to six rounds. If they don't get you early, then that's a wrap for them.

"I showed you that I can get you round one, round two, round three, round four, or even round 11 and round 12, I can get you."

Eager not to get lost in the shuffle once again, Whyte is mandatory champion for the WBC, whose champion Tyson Fury is pencilled in for a third battle with Deontay Wilder and is also being targeted by Joshua.

Oleksandr Usyk is another name in the heavyweight title mix, but amid multiple lucrative opportunities, there remains one standout for Whyte if he could pick an opponent to fight for all the belts.

"I would love to fight Joshua again, at a drop of a hat,” added Whyte.

"It's one of the biggest fights out there. I'm in the game to have the biggest fights and the most meaningful fights. I'm trying to make history.

"Imagine, to get one shot at all the marbles at once, how unreal that would be after all this nonsense - out of nowhere, me and Joshua fight, I knock him out and became undisputed champion of the world."

Oleksandr Usyk is keen to take on either Anthony Joshua or Tyson Fury to end British dominance of the heavyweight division.

Fury completed a stunning seven-round demolition of knockout specialist Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas last month to collect the WBC title, while countryman Joshua holds the other three major heavyweight belts after avenging his defeat to Andy Ruiz with a comprehensive points win last December.

Usyk, who is like Fury undefeated and has a London 2012 gold medal in common with Joshua, cleaned out the cruiserweight division and has similar designs having stepped up to take on boxing's big men.

"I work hard on it," he told Sky Sports of his desire to hold all the heavyweight titles, with a scheduled May 23 bout against Dereck Chisora next on the agenda for the 33-year-old Ukrainian.

That fight, along with Joshua's IBF mandatory against Kubrat Pulev at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 20 could yet fall victim to coronavirus cancellations.

Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn this week said the Pulev bout being shelved could lead to an immediate showdown with Fury.

Usyk, who is next in line with the WBO to challenge Joshua, is not overly concerned with such machinations.

"I want to fight both," the quicksilver southpaw replied when asked if he had a preference out of the two reigning champions.

"The last thing I think about is who will fight who. No predictions."

Usyk's step up to boxing's blue riband division has been checked by injury niggles, with a bicep problem delaying his heavyweight debut – a seventh-round stoppage of American journeyman Chazz Witherspoon that remains his only outing since knocking out Tony Bellew on a final cruiserweight assignment in November 2018.

"I need to stay active. I need to box," he added. "If your vocation is passive, it's not good. If you stay active, it's very good. This is my active vocation."

David Haye believes Oleksandr Usyk has misjudged the capabilities of Dereck Chisora and will pay the price in a massive heavyweight upset.

Usyk will take on Chisora on May 23 at the O2 Arena, with the winner expected to face Anthony Joshua, who has his own upcoming bout against Kubrat Pulev.

Chisora's manager Haye believes it will be his client taking on incumbent IBF, WBA and WBO champion Joshua later this year after upsetting the odds against undefeated Usyk.

Haye, himself a former world heavyweight champion, accepts most experts will be backing the Ukrainian but pointed to Tyson Fury's recent knockout of Deontay Wilder as proof fights do not always pan out as expected.

"It's going to be beautiful to watch, the same way it was beautiful to watch what Fury did to Wilder," Haye said to Sky Sports.

"It was amazing to see someone completely dominate when you thought it was going to go the other way and we're going to get that same thing.

"He [Usyk] has just made a mistake this time, he doesn't realise what Dereck is about. He doesn't get what it's going to feel like when he's in there against a 120-kilo wrecking ball.

"He doesn't know what that's like. He can try and replicate it in sparring, but his coach won't allow the sparring partners to do what Dereck is going to do to him, with 10-ounce gloves on the night. It's going to shock his system."

Chisora won all three of his fights in 2019 and Usyk is taking on just his second bout in the heavyweight division, having stopped Chazz Witherspoon in October.

Haye added: "I don't believe Usyk has been in a rough, tough fight like he's going to be in.

"One of the best-ever cruiserweights moving into a division which he hasn't done anything in yet. He's miscalculated what he believes Dereck Chisora is coming to the table with - and we are going to cause a massive, massive upset.

"Chisora isn't going to try and outbox Usyk, he's going to drag him into a dogfight from the first second of the first round. Dereck is a completely different animal to what he's ever been in the ring with."

Dereck Chisora believes his heavyweight fight against Oleksandr Usyk is a chance to claim the Ukrainian's "golden ticket" to face Anthony Joshua.

Usyk is expected to share the ring with Joshua if he defeats Chisora, provided the IBF, WBA and WBO champion gets the better of challenger Kubrat Pulev, who he will face in June.

But Chisora wants to disrupt those plans and earn himself an all-British blockbuster clash against Joshua.

"He's got the golden ticket, so I want to take his golden ticket," Chisora said of Usyk as he promoted their May 23 bout at the O2 Arena.

"Basically, everything I'm going to do is for me to take what he has and make it mine.

"I believe the way he can win this fight is by him knocking me out, but that's not going to happen. I'm going to keep coming and keep coming.

"I'll be so excited for it, training hard, pushing my numbers, so we'll see how he goes, but I'm so chuffed about this fight."

Promoter Eddie Hearn insisted Joshua would have no issues taking on Chisora if his compatriot upsets the odds against the undefeated Usyk, who will be fighting at heavyweight for just the second time.

"Chisora and [manager] David Haye fancy this," Hearn said to Sky Sports. "They can blow up the division if they win.

"AJ and Chisora would fight. AJ is a massive admirer of Chisora. Growing up at Finchley, Chisora was a hero to AJ. But they will fight, no problem.

"It doesn't mean, if Chisora beats Usyk, he inherits the mandatory position. But he will become number one with the WBO and everybody will say, 'You deserve a shot at the world title'."

Chisora, 36, has enjoyed a late-career renaissance and won three straight fights after his entertaining defeat to Dillian Whyte in their rematch in December 2018.

Usyk, a winner over Chazz Witherspoon on his heavyweight debut in October, vowed not to take the veteran for granted with a big prize against Joshua up for grabs.

"He's a really big guy and he hits hard," said Usyk. 

"I will train hard and I will be in my best shape for this fight. I tell you once again, I love boxing very much, I love to box."

Former undisputed cruiserweight world champion Oleksandr Usyk will look to take his next step towards heavyweight honours when he faces Dereck Chisora in London on May 23.

Usyk concluded his dominance of the 200lbs division with an eighth-round stoppage of Tony Bellew in November 2018, although he has only fought once since due to bicep and elbow injuries.

The undefeated 33-year-old stopped unheralded American Chazz Witherspoon on his heavyweight debut last October and now faces a mouth-watering clash against former world-title challenger Chisora at the O2 Arena.

"As a cruiserweight, I reached the highest heights as undisputed champion and now I am following the same path as a heavyweight," said Usyk, who is currently ranked as the WBO's mandatory challenger – meaning a shot at unified champion Anthony Joshua could be on the agenda for the winner of this bout later in 2020.

"I expect a real test in Chisora – he is strong, tough and resilient. I recall being an amateur and watching his fight with Vitali Klitschko. It seemed so big and far away.

"Now I am myself taking a fight against Chisora. I am working hard in my training camp to show a spectacular performance on May 23."

Chisora is coming off a run of three consecutive victories following his dramatic 11th-round loss to domestic rival Dillian Whyte in December 2018 and the 36-year-old has pledged to provide a stern test of Usyk's heavyweight credentials.

"Usyk reckons he can step up and survive with the big boys. He may be the undisputed cruiserweight champion of the world but on May 23 he will find out what it feels like to be hit by a real heavyweight," he said.

"He is coming to my backyard, I'm going to remind him exactly why he hid in the cruiserweight division and also get revenge for my boy, Tony Bellew. This will be war."

Dillian Whyte has no intention of looking beyond Alexander Povetkin as he patiently waits for his shot at the WBC heavyweight title.

Whyte is the mandatory challenger to Tyson Fury but will have to wait his turn, the reigning champion instead set to face Deontay Wilder for a third time later this year.

His status at the head of the queue will be on the line when the 31-year-old defends the governing body's interim belt against experienced Russian Povetkin in Manchester on May 2.

It is a calculated gamble from Whyte, as he acknowledged at a press conference on Wednesday, but he is only focused on his next foe, rather than a potential fight with Fury further down the line.

"I know all this stuff is floating around in the background, but Povetkin is a dangerous guy. You can never afford to overlook him," he told the media.

"I'm not thinking about Tyson Fury and what is happening with him. I'm just thinking about Alexander Povetkin. 

"He [Povetkin] is going to want to come and fight, leave it all on the line. That's in his DNA. We are very similar in that mindset, we will come and give it our all.

"We will see what happens. On May 3, we can chat about Tyson Fury. For now, I put that on the backburner and just focus on Alexander Povetkin for the next eight weeks."

Povetkin is a former Olympic gold medallist who has only lost twice as a pro, those defeats coming against Wladimir Klitschko - when he went the distance - and Anthony Joshua.

Whyte cannot lean on such experiences in the ring, leaving him to learn on the job, but still believes he can beat anyone in the division - provided he stays in shape.

"This is about learning for me, I'm fighting these guys and learning," Whyte - whose only blemish in 28 fights came against Joshua in 2015 - said.

"He's been through the mill and seen every style, faced every style. I haven't. I'm learning on the job, in at the deep end and swimming. 

"Listen, I believe I beat them all anyway. I've just got to be in shape. As long as I leave the cakes alone, I'm good."

Dillian Whyte will take on Alexander Povetkin on May 2, with the two heavyweights topping the bill at Manchester Arena.

Whyte will go up against the Russian as he waits for his chance to challenge for the WBC belt; Tyson Fury is the organisation's champion after his emphatic win over Deontay Wilder last month.

Povetkin is an Olympic gold medallist who has only lost twice in his 38-fight professional career, those defeats coming against Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko.

Both heavyweights were in action on the undercard to Joshua's rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr at the end of 2019 in Saudi Arabia.

While Whyte – who will be defending his status as the WBC's interim champion - won a 10-rounder against Mariusz Wach on points, Povetkin's bout with Michael Hunter was scored a split-decision draw.

"He is still very dangerous, he gave AJ a lot of problems and then beat Hughie Fury. I am not overlooking him at all, he will come in shape. He's tough and very well-schooled," said Whyte, whose solitary defeat in the paid ranks also came against Joshua 2015.

"He showed in Saudi Arabia that he still has a lot left in the tank and he is still very dangerous. I've got respect for him but I'm on to maximum violence, straight animal instinct."

Deontay Wilder has exercised his right to fight heavyweight champion Tyson Fury for the third time after losing the WBC title last month.

Wilder was dethroned by Fury (30-0-1) at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, where the American star's unbeaten record was ended following a stunning seventh-round TKO.

Former champion Wilder (42-1-1), however, is set to go toe-to-toe with British boxer Fury again – the plan for the pair to meet at the same location in July.

"Now we will sit down and go through all the details for the fight," Top Rank chairman and Fury's co-promoter Bob Arum told ESPN.

"We realised that date was the favourite of both ESPN and Fox because it comes at a dead time in sports, which is good for the fight.

"It's after the basketball playoffs, baseball is in the middle of the season and there's no football. It's the ideal time. The hotel, MGM Grand, also believes it to be an ideal time."

Wilder's co-manager Shelly Finkel also confirmed the trilogy, telling ESPN: "We did exercise it. We want to fight Fury next and we wanted to make sure we sent the letter and that it was done."

Mikey Garcia wants to fight Manny Pacquiao after a unanimous-decision win over Jessie Vargas in Texas on Saturday.

Garcia was awarded the bout 116-111, 116-111 and 114-113 after controlling the second half of the fight – for the WBC diamond welterweight title – at the Ford Center at The Star.

The American, back at welterweight after the first loss of his professional career against Errol Spence Jr. last year, knocked down Vargas in the fifth round.

Garcia is eyeing either a bout with Pacquiao or a rematch with Spence, who holds the WBC and IBF welterweight titles.

"I have great options," he told DAZN.

"I'm ready to get back in with the best, I would love to get an opportunity to fight Manny Pacquiao, I want a rematch against Errol Spence.

"It would be a tremendous fight, I'm a little bit better now at this weight class."

Pacquiao, 41, last fought in July last year, beating Keith Thurman to claim the WBC welterweight title.

Meanwhile, Roman 'Chocolatito' Gonzalez claimed the WBA super-flyweight title with a ninth-round TKO of Khalid Yafai in Texas.

Deontay Wilder warned "the war has just begun" as he vowed to reclaim his WBC heavyweight world title following his defeat to Tyson Fury.

The previously unbeaten Wilder (42-1-1) retained his belt when the first fight between the pair ended in a contentious draw, but he was comprehensively outboxed by Fury (30-0-1) in Las Vegas last weekend.

The American was knocked down twice, appeared unsteady for much of the fight and was bleeding from his ear long before trainer Mark Breland threw in the towel for a seventh-round TKO at the MGM Grand.

Wilder later claimed his extravagant ring-walk costume was partly to blame for the loss, but he had not posted on his usually vibrant Twitter account since prior to the fight until Friday.

In a video message to his fans, Wilder boldly said: "Hello my people, my Bomb Squad army, my Bomb Squad nation, to all my loved ones around the world.

"I just want to let you know that I am here. Your king is here. And we ain't going nowhere, for the war has just begun. I will rise again.

"I am strong. I am a king. You can't take my pride. I am a warrior. I am a king that will never give up. I am a king that will fight to the death.

"And if anyone don't understand that, don't understand what it is to go to war, don't understand what it is to fight... We will rise again. We will regain the title. I will be back.

"We will hold our heads up high. Our king is in great spirits. And we will rise like a phoenix from the ashes and regain the title.

"I'll see you in a few months, for the war has just begun. All my love to all my people."

Wilder has a rematch clause for a trilogy fight, although Anthony Joshua's (23-1) promoter Eddie Hearn is keen to pit his own fighter against Fury in a mammoth heavyweight unification bout.

Deontay Wilder's claim that his extravagant ring-walk costume was in part to blame for his defeat to Tyson Fury has been labelled a "poor excuse" by the Briton's promoter Frank Warren.

The previously unbeaten Wilder donned an outfit weighing over 40lbs in tribute to Black History Month prior to his Las Vegas rematch with Fury.

Wilder relinquished his WBC heavyweight title to Fury, who produced a masterclass en route to a sensational seventh-round TKO when his opponent's corner threw in the towel.

After the fight, Wilder did not partake in the post-match news conference as he was taken to hospital but the 34-year-old apportioned his off-key performance to the heavy attire.

"A lot of people saw I wasn't the same Deontay Wilder in there and they're correct," Wilder told The Athletic. 

"It's my own fault. My uniform I wore was very heavy for me. I had no legs from the first round on.

"My main focus was to survive with my legs, and not on the principles I know and normally think of. I couldn't follow up with the game plan because of my legs. I couldn't do anything.

"I didn't expect it to be that heavy and have that effect on me. That's the thing we didn't test out: walking to the ring. We didn't time it right. It's all my fault. It's a learning process. 

"I really admire Black History Month, and I wanted to pay tribute to all the men and women who came before me, and I risked that over my title. They died for me, they paved the way for me."

Warren questioned the validity of Wilder's claim, though, and said Fury was simply the better man on the night.

"It's a new one on me but all that gear he had on did make me scratch my head," Warren told talkSPORT.

"But that was his choice and I'm sure when he tried it on they didn't just give it to him on the night, he must have worn it and tried it on, it was made by somebody, so he knew what the weight was. 

"He got beaten by the better man on the night. It's a poor excuse, the best man won on the night, Tyson was the best man.

"And Tyson was in his country! It wasn't like it was over here. Tyson didn't complain about the referee, I thought the referee helped him [Wilder] at times. 

"He had everything going for him Deontay Wilder and got beat by a superb Tyson Fury on the night and that's the end of it."

The decision to throw in the towel was not taken by Wilder's head trainer Jay Deas, but rather assistant Mark Breland.

While Breland's actions have largely earned praise considering Wilder, who was already bleeding form the eardrum, was being pummelled on the ropes, it was a call questioned by the fighter and his team.

Wilder, while saying he understands why the towel was thrown in, will now consider whether Breland remains part of his corner.

"I understand – it's an emotional decision – but that's not his position," Wilder added. "I'm not being emotional now. For many, many years, I have talked about this to my team.

"They know my demeanour, my warrior mindset and if I say I'm going in there to try to kill a man like I have, I accept that in return he will have to kill me as well. I've told them many times that if anyone throws the towel in on me, there will be consequences.

"We love Mark to death and he'll always be part of the team. I understand they don't want me to get hurt, but I was in more danger when I got buzzed against [Luis] Ortiz [in my first fight] than I was in this one.

"Jay told him not to. Jay is the first. Mark did it anyway."

World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury should accept Donald Trump's invitation to the White House then retire from boxing, his dad John has said.

A seventh-round stoppage of Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas on Saturday ensured Fury won the WBC belt and became a world heavyweight champion for the second time in his career.

The 31-year-old previously beat Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 but vacated the IBF, WBA and WBO titles while he fought depression and drug addiction.

He made his return to the ring in June 2018, shedding more than seven stone in six months, and completed his remarkable turnaround by beating Wilder two and a half years later.

"I just want my son to retire now," John Fury told Good Morning Britain.

"He's done enough. It's been an uphill battle for him.

"I think it's in the back of his mind. He can't do any more. He's won every professional title. Enough is enough. There's more to life now. He's given it his all.

"He's got no more to prove."

Fury has previously said he would "seriously think about walking away" once his current three-fight deal expires.

There are two fights remaining on that contract and one of those would be a third bout against Wilder if the American exercises a rematch clause to fight Fury again.

Saturday's second fight captured the attention of US President Trump, who suggested to reporters he would invite both men to the White House.

"That was a great fight," Trump said.

"Two great fighters, really very exciting. Maybe we have to bring them both to the White House because that was really a good one.

"In fact, I think we'll do that."

Some sports stars have swerved invitations to the White House since Trump assumed office yet Fury Senior encouraged his son to go.

"That's good for a Fury, isn't it," he said of Trump's offer.

"I'm a big fan of Donald Trump. It's been an amazing journey, look where it's ended.

"And what a great point to bow out on - a meeting in the White House."

Eddie Hearn has promised to set up an all-British heavyweight showdown between world champions Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, but expects the bout to be delayed due to Deontay Wilder's rematch clause.

Fury captured the WBC belt in Las Vegas on Saturday with a seventh-round stoppage of Wilder and attention immediately turned to a unification bout with Joshua.

The WBA, WBO and IBF titles all belong to Joshua after he avenged his shock loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. with a points win in Saudi Arabia in December and Hearn has said Fury is the man his fighter wants next.

When Wilder was the WBC champion, a fight with Joshua proved too complicated to arrange, yet Hearn sees no issue now Fury is the belt-holder.

"I spoke to Top Rank and I spoke to MTK straight after the [Fury-Wilder] fight," Hearn told Sky Sports.

"Everybody's very clear on this, everybody wants this fight. Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury, MTK, Top Rank, [Fury's promoter] Frank Warren, Matchroom.

"There's some hurdles to overcome but nothing too much. I promise you this fight will happen."

He added: "You will get this fight. We will do everything that it takes to make this fight.

"Last time you had us and you had Team Wilder and we were locking heads. Right now you have two guys and two camps that genuinely want this fight, that genuinely will do everything they can. It is the only fight.

"We'd be clowns, idiots if we didn't make this fight."

Yet the possibility of that heavyweight clash occurring next appears highly unlikely as Wilder can exercise his right to a rematch and a third fight with Fury, the first ending in a draw in 2018. 

Fury's promoter Frank Warren has already indicated he is expecting Wilder to want a trilogy fight with his boxer and Hearn admitted he would do likewise if he was part of the American's team.

"I don't want him to take the rematch but if you're asking me honestly, you have to take the rematch," added Hearn.

"If you don't take the rematch now, do you ever get your shot? Right now my money is on Wilder to rematch Tyson Fury.

"It's the timing, we don't mind waiting for the Fury fight until November, December but it must happen this year."

Hearn also revealed there are already firmed-up contingency plans in place for Joshua's next fight should Fury and Wilder meet in the ring again.

In that instance, IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev will fight Joshua at Premier League side Tottenham's stadium on June 20.

"We have an agreement in principle with Team Pulev," Hearn said.

"We're very close to a deal now with Spurs. That is our stadium of choice."

Floyd Mayweather described Deontay Wilder as "still a winner in my eyes" despite the American losing his WBC world heavyweight title to Tyson Fury in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Wilder suffered the first loss of his 44-fight professional career at the MGM Grand when his corner threw in the towel in the seventh round as Fury captured the strap he had held since 2015.

The 34-year-old knocked Fury down twice in their original fight, which ended in a draw, but he was dominated by the Briton in the rematch.

Mayweather, a former world champion at five weight classes, never tasted defeat in 50 fights yet he showed his support to Wilder in a social media post.

"Win, Lose or Draw.... Deontay @BronzeBomber is our brother that has accomplished many triumphs and as a community we should all uplift and support him throughout it all," Mayweather wrote on Instagram.

"No matter what, you're still a winner in my eyes, King!"

Wilder could yet face Fury in a third match if he decides to invoke a rematch clause written into the original contract.

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