Deontay Wilder has wished Tyson Fury a swift recovery as he is eager to get in the ring with the former heavyweight champion.
Fury was ringside when Wilder defeated Artur Szpilka in January and jumped into the ring afterwards to exchange a few words with the WBC heavyweight champion.
“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,” the 31-year-old told Sky Sports.
“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.
Wilder also had some choice words for Fury’s critics, which arguably contributed to his mental downfall and subsequent hiatus from the sport.
“People have to learn to back off sometimes,” continued Wilder, who is 37-0 with 36 knockouts.
“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.
“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.”