Deontay Wilder has sent a passionate message of support to Tyson Fury, who is currently taking time away from boxing after being stripped of his WBA 'Super', IBF, and WBO titles earlier in October.
It has been less than a year since Wilder and Fury confronted each other, in which Fury, who was two months into his reign as WBA 'Super', IBF, and WBO titleholder, leapt into the ring moments after Wilder had successfully defended his WBC belt against Artur Szpilka.
After Fury made his way into the ring, a heated exchange between the two boxers followed.
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Despite this, however, Wilder expressed his sympathy for Fury’s situation and reaffirmed that he is still willing to fight the British boxer, a fight which Fury himself had instigated.
Wilder told Sky Sports: "May God be with him, and I look forward to the return of Tyson Fury because we didn't promote that fight all year for nothing, trust me.
"That one's got to happen, whether he's got a belt or not. I hope to see Tyson back in the ring, and I think he will return. I have prayed for his recovery.
"He's a great guy. You've got to understand a person - where they came from, and where they're trying to go.
"Sometimes people can come off harsh, especially when they're trying to prove stuff, especially in this sport. You've got to be a certain type of character sometimes. But sometimes guys will build a certain type of character then they can't turn it off. You've got to know how to turn that switch off.
"You're not that type of person, but when you try to build yourself and promote things, it may seem that way. You're only human, and a human can only take so much battering and disrespect from millions and millions of people. You're only one person and you can't battle the world."
In regards to Fury’s critics, Wilder said: "People have to learn to back off sometimes.
"Half of the people don't mean what they say - they want to be relevant, they want their voice to be heard. They want you to respond because they're big fans of yours and they want attention."
Fury has had a very tough year away from the ring.
Not only has he been suffering from mental illnesses, according to his trainer and uncle, but he has also admitted to taking cocaine, and lots of it.
Fury was scheduled to take on Wladimir Klitschko in a rematch, but he had to pull out initially, and then pulled out once again, leaving the Ukrainian without a fight.
Fury has since been stripped of his licence and all his titles.
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