As previously reported on, Deontay Wilder looks to be eager for a trilogy fight against WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.

The once-unbeaten Wilder (42-1-1) retained his belt when the first fight between the pair ended in a contentious draw, but he was comprehensively outboxed and stopped by Fury (30-0-1) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas last weekend.

Wilder was knocked down twice, appeared unsteady for much of the fight and was bleeding from his ear long before trainer Mark Breland threw in the towel for a seventh-round TKO at the MGM Grand.

Wilder later claimed his extravagant ring-walk costume was partly to blame for the loss, but he had not posted on his usually vibrant Twitter account since prior to the fight until Friday.

In a video message to his fans, Wilder boldly said: “Hello my people, my Bomb Squad army, my Bomb Squad nation, to all my loved ones around the world. I just want to let you know that 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, don’t understand what it is to go to war, don’t understand what it is to fight… We will rise again. We will regain the title. I will be back.

“We will hold our heads up high. Our king is in great spirits. And we will rise like a phoenix from the ashes and regain the title. I’ll see you in a few months, for the war has just begun. All my love to all my people.”

Wilder has a rematch clause for a trilogy fight, although Anthony Joshua’s (23-1) promoter Eddie Hearn is keen to pit his own fighter against Fury in a mammoth heavyweight unification bout.

Hearn is going to place Joshua in with IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev in June, and then face the winner of the Fury-Wilder trilogy.

“The performance wasn’t good from Wilder and the excuses after were even worse,” Hearn said to NY Post.

“He’s got to look at himself and see if he’s capable of coming back. When Anthony Joshua lost to Andy Ruiz, he could have made 100 excuses. He didn’t make one. He shook his hand then went behind closed doors to build himself back up and won the rematch. We’re going to find out a lot about Deontay Wilder now. But I don’t think he’s good enough to beat Tyson Fury in a third fight.

“If they do rematch, I just hope they stick to the contract date of July because we want this fight in 2020 and no later. We’ll fight our mandatory in June and we’ll sign to fight the winner [between Fury-Joshua] now. But we don’t want to wait beyond 2020. Seize the moment.”