Deontay Wilder insists he still remains at odds with Tyson Fury, despite the pair appearing on friendly terms during a recent encounter.
Wilder came face-to-face with Fury for the first time since their epic third fight in October 2021, when they briefly crossed paths in Saudi Arabia at the Jake Paul vs Tommy Fury bout last month.
Wilder had accused Fury of tampering with his gloves in the aftermath of the Brit relieving him of his WBC heavyweight world title in their rematch, with their first showdown ending in a controversial draw.
‘The Bronze Bomber’ refused to shake his rival’s hand after their thrilling third battle, in which ‘The Gypsy King’ climbed off the canvas twice, before securing an 11th round stoppage win.
However, the pair shook hands and embraced each other with a hug during their chance meet-up, which was caught on camera by several media outlets including Pro Boxing Fans.
Despite this, the 37-year-old American has double downed on his cheating claims and maintains there is still bad blood from his end.
“I know a lot of people seen me with Fury,” Wilder told ES News.
“There’s a place and a time for all things.
“Of course… I can’t stand that motherf***** they know what’s up. He’s a cheater, I know a lot of things.
“A lot of top people know a lot of things, so they can’t be fooled bro.
“This is a peaceful ground [in Saudi Arabia]. It’s like ‘I don’t like you, but I can come and let you know I see you see.’
“We can co-exist with each other, you stay over there and I’ll stay over here, that’s it.
“[It would be] totally different if I saw him out or something like that, I’m going to go off how my energy feels and that can be very unpredictable because I’m an unpredictable person.
“Fury didn’t know what I was going to do. I could feel him [he was] nervous, I could feel it, I’m an impact but I came in peace. [There is a] time and place for everything.”
Wilder was ordered to face Andy Ruiz Jr by the WBC in a final eliminator for Fury’s crown, but no progress appears to have been made on discussions.
Fury is without a fight after talks for an undisputed heavyweight title clash with Oleksandr Usyk at Wembley Stadium on April 29. collapsed last week.
Wilder’s manager, Shelly Finkel claimed that his charge would be willing to face the Ukrainian unified WBA ‘super’, WBO and IBF champion in the instance that a bout with Fury failed to materialise.