Remembering when Tyson Fury stormed the ring to confront Deontay Wilder in 2016

Almost two years on from Tyson Fury’s dramatic confrontation with Deontay Wilder at the Wilder vs Artur Szplika fight, and numerous episodes of trash talk in between, a fight date is still yet to have been arranged between the pair.

Wilder defeated Pole Szplika by knockout back in January 2016 to preserve his 100 per cent fighting record.

However, it was Mancunian Fury who stole the show, as afterwards he called out the American by bursting into the ring.

After singing “there’s only one Tyson Fury”, the Brit got within centimetres of Wilder’s face and exclaimed: “Anytime, anyplace, anywhere.”

The unbeaten American responded: “You can run around like a preacher, but I will baptize you!”

Alabama-born Wilder criticised Fury’s theatrics in the post-fight press conference, and admitted he wasn’t in the mood for the war of words due to concerns for Szplika as he was knocked unconscious by the unbeaten WBC champion.

At the time, Fury was a holder of the WBA and WBO belts, but since has suffered a period of turbulence in his career, testing positive for cocaine and battling with depression. 

The 29-year-old’s boxing license was removed, but now he has vowed he is on the road to recovery.

He recently revealed he won’t be applying for a new BBBofC license as he looks to make his return to the boxing ring.

Fury announced plans on social media that he wanted return to the ring in April 2018 in ‘a great fight’ and then fight a further two more times in 2018.

“Guess whose back? The one and only,” said Fury on his Instagram page back in October.

“Shout out to Bronze “Bomber, Deontay Wilder, giving me motivation, telling me I can’t do it and I’m finished.

“I’m coming back for you, baby. I’m coming back for you. I’m going to fulfill that promise I gave to you a few years ago. You know what I’m talking about.”

Watch when Fury stormed the ring post-Wilder fight in the video below.

Grand plans then look in store for Fury in 2018. His nightmare 2016 looks well behind him but it is evident there is still a long way to go before Fury is back in the ring, let alone fighting Wilder.

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