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Why Deontay Wilder doesn't think Tyson Fury will actually make a comeback

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Nearly a week on from one of the biggest heavyweight fights in recent history and the boxing world is still catching its breath.

By knocking out Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th round at Wembley last weekend, Anthony Joshua has become the man almost every heavyweight wants to take on.

It isn't yet known who will 'AJ' will jump into a ring with next but Deontay Wilder, Joseph Parker and even Tyson Fury have publically called out the current IBF, WBA (super) and IBO champion.

Many fans of Joshua have expressed the desire to see an all-Brit epic contest with Fury but according to Wilder, they could be waiting a while.

The Gypsy King has only recently returned to training after vacating his belts, suffering from depression and allegedly taking a banned substance last year.

However, current WBC heavyweight champion Wilder doesn't think Fury will complete a comeback to the ring.

In an interview with Boxing Talk, Wilder admitted he actually feels sorry for his rival and doubts Fury will be able to lose the weight he has put on in his absence from the sport.

"(Tyson) Fury isn't going to come back," Wilder said.

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"I think he's good for boxing, but he struggles with his weight. He has for his whole career and now he's done added double the weight, he could barely get to where he was while he was active. How hard is it going to be for him to get that weight off? He's probably damn near 400 pounds right now.

"Every time he speaks I feel sorry for him, it sounds like he's got some issues and he could barely talk. He's talking with his tongue and stuff like that and I don't want to see that happen to him.

"He's an undefeated fighter, nobody has beaten him. He only got his belts taken away for not responding when duty called. He wasn't ready for that and I don't think he's built to be fighting back to back. He's the type of fighter that needs time off."

Of course, Wilder's not-so-subtle dig at Fury may have been a cheeky method to push forward his own claims for a fight with Joshua, though.

But his comments are only likely to spur Fury on in his attempts to return to the ring.

The 28-year-old has been working hard alongside Billy Joe Saunders in Marbella over the last few weeks and has hopes of making his competitive comeback in July.

That will all depend on the outcome of a hearing on Monday, where Fury will learn if his boxing licence will be re-granted by the British Boxing Board of Control.

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