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Tyson Fury has blasted Deontay Wilder on Twitter as he shared a lengthy list of the American heavyweight's outlandish excuses following his 2020 stoppage defeat.
The two boxers might be set to renew hostilities for a third time this year after a judge ruled that the Wilder's rematch clause from their second fight is still valid, throwing summer plans for a mega-money showdown between Fury and Anthony Joshua into chaos.
Fury's team apparently now face a choice between a third fight with Wilder or trying to negotiate a multimillion dollar step-aside fee to get Wilder to waive his right to a third contest.
However Fury was in no mood to bargain on Twitter on Wednesday as he targeted his rival @BronzeBomber on social media with an altered image of Wilder in tears and a list of the 35-year-old's bizarre post-fight excuses.
After his seventh-round loss to Fury 15 months ago, Wilder laid the blame at everything from his ring walk costume being too heavy to his training team conspiring against him.
It probably didn't help when the heavyweight's brother Marsellos said on Instagram post-fight: "My brother has a dent in the side of his head. This is due to a blunt object struck against his head from his last fight. No glove or fist was able to cause the damage, according to the autopsy."
The what now? Anyway, Fury took aim at those excuses - real or exaggerated - with his Twitter list beginning, "No excuses... but".
The rundown continues with everything from "Costume was too heavy" and "Fury's gloves were loaded" right through to "I was a zombie" and "Fury did voodoo magic".
Fury's Twitter attack could be seen as him venting his frustration at Wilder's sudden interference in his plans to fight Joshua or 'The Gypsy King' starting the mind games early before a third fight which needs to happen before 15 September, according to the judge's ruling.
Tbf, some great tips here for anyone who wants to pull a sickie and has ran out of excuses :joy::joy: https://t.co/UVflxb2UW3
- benjamin knibb (@BenjaminKnibb) May 19, 2021
Bambi Legs always has an excuse for everything. To this Day :joy: https://t.co/MqD6Y5z0Ob
- Alpesh Parmar (@Alps8535) May 19, 2021
"The referee looked like he'd taken a cocktail drink"
Is my personal favourite :flushed: pic.twitter.com/7Apg14StFI
- leonTheCanteen (@leonTheCanteen) May 19, 2021
The 'autopsy' still has me creasing
- Dev Sahni (@sahnidev) May 19, 2021
We'll have to wait to see how Wilder's responds: both to Fury's early salvo and to the plans for his next contest.
All imagery: PA Images/Twitter
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