WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is standing firm that Deontay Wilder is the second best fighter in the heavyweight division.

Fury and Wilder fought to a controversial twelve round split draw in December of 2018.

In the February rematch, Fury stopped Wilder in seven rounds to capture the WBC title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Prior to Fury securing that win, the biggest fight in the sport was a showdown between Wilder and unified champion Anthony Joshua.

If they would have met back then or if they meet in the future, Fury would fully back Wilder to knock Joshua out.

"I have to give it to Wilder, he has got the bottle and he wanted to fight the best. When I was out of the ring retired, he tried to fight Joshua twice [and] it was going on for ages - we all know that," Fury told IFL TV.

"They offered him $80 million for a two-fight deal, and I know a few people who saw proof of the funds and people who I definitely trust and he refused it. I don't think they are going to get any bigger pay-days than that. They refused it because they were scared of getting chinned by the Bronze Bomber.

"Wilder beats Joshua 100,000,000 percent. Wilder beats Joshua, [Dillian] Whyte, Jarrell Miller... One touch from the Bronze Bomber and their faces are gone forever. Wilder would do to Whyte and Joshua what he did to Dominic Breazleale... he would put them unconscious in round one.

"They do not have the skills that I have got, this cannot be touched. I just want to see them fight because they keep calling Wilder this and that but they have no defence and as soon as he touches them, they are gone. Could they walk him down without any feints or footwork? Please. They will be 44 and 45 on his record, I would back Wilder to knock them out for sure."

Fury will face Wilder in a trilogy fight, which is being targeted to take place at the end of the year.