Deontay Wilder receives Floyd Mayweather training offer for Tyson Fury trilogy fight
Floyd Mayweather Jr has offered to train Deontay Wilder for his trilogy fight with Tyson Fury, insisting he can help the American avenge his defeat to ‘The Gypsy King’. Wilder’s reign atop of the WBC heavyweight rankings came to an end last month at the hands of the lineal heavyweight champion.
‘The Bronze Bomber’ suffered a seventh-round TKO loss to the Brit in front of a sold-out crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, with his corner throwing in the towel at the 1:39 mark.
Wilder is hellbent on exacting revenge on Fury and has activated the trilogy fight clause placed in his contract to rematch the Manchester native.
To do that, Wilder will need to make wholesale changes to his game plan – which was well and truly exposed by an imperious Fury.
And former four-weight champion Mayweather is open to helping his fellow countryman prepare for his third showdown with his rival.
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If I train him I can teach him how to win
Floyd Mayweather on Deontay Wilder
When asked if he believes Wilder has what it takes to get the better of Fury, he said: “If I train him I can teach him how to win.”
Mayweather, who intends to return to the ring later this year, sent a heartfelt message Wilder’s way on social media a few hours after he suffered his first professional loss.
He tweeted: “Win, Lose or Draw…. Deontay is our brother that has accomplished many triumphs and as a community we should all uplift and support him throughout it all.
“No matter what, you’re still a winner in my eyes, King!”
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Wilder’s third encounter with Fury is set to take place in Las Vegas on July 18, with the MGM the frontrunner to host the bout.
The Alabama native is confident of avenging his sole loss and is adamant his rivalry with Fury is far from over.
“Hello my people, my Bomb Squad army, my Bomb Squad nation,” Wilder said on Friday in an Instagram video to his fans. “To all my loved ones around the world. I just wanted to let you know 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, [they] don’t understand what it is to go to war, don’t understand what it is to fight.
“We will rise again, I will regain the title. I will be back. We will hold our heads up high.
“Your king is in great spirit and we will rise like a phoenix from the ashes and regain the title.
“I will see you in a few months as the war has just begun. all my love to all my people.”
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