By Vanessa Ekpereka (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Recently it has been in the tranquil surroundings of lakes and woods where Deontay Wilder has girded his loins. The calm before the storm you could say.
By Wilder’s assertion, when it does hit in Las Vegas on July 24 it will be so fierce that Tyson Fury won’t be able to weather it.
The American power puncher only started loosening the arms again for the first time in a long while a couple of months ago, but with a date set and revenge on the mind, can now proceed towards July’s trilogy at full tilt.
Settled with new trainer Malik Scott and back to doing what has always felt organic and more like a purpose than a profession, Wilder is adamant that redemption is in the wind.
The torn bicep suffered in the defeat against Fury last year has healed but the scars of that night still run deep.
The Bronze Bomber was granted the opportunity to level the scores with Fury after a retired US judge deemed that he had a contractual right to a third fight, shattering any hopes of the Gypsy King facing Anthony Joshua for the undisputed heavyweight championship.
Fury’s team had brief talks about paying a step-aside fee, but Wilder quickly made them aware that no amount would be sufficient payment for him to forgo a shot at revenge – even the widely speculated $20million (£14m).
‘Wilder declined and had no interest in step-aside money,’ Scott said earlier this week.
‘He want the blood, not that step-aside money. “Retribution is upon us”.’
In the last few days, Wilder has upped the ante in his preparations as he waits for a formal announcement for his fight with tormentor Fury, which is expected to be made in the coming week.