In order to come out on top in his trilogy fight, former world champion Johnny Nelson has advised Deontay Wilder to "accept" his defeat to Tyson Fury. (photo by Ryan Hafey)
Back in February 2020, Wilder was dropped twice and stopped in seven rounds by Fury, who walked away with the WBC heavyweight title.
In the aftermath, Wilder made numerous allegations to explain his first career defeat - including an allegation that Fury loaded his gloves with weights. And there was even an allegation that his water may have been spiked by former co-trainer Mark Breland.
The two boxers will collide for a third time on October 9th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
According to Nelson, the once-beaten boxer must forget the allegations, accept his loss, and fully focus on winning the third fight.
“If you go by form, you expect Tyson Fury to do a better job than he did the last time,” Nelson told Sky Sports. “If you go by what’s happening lifestyle-wise outside of the ring - and one fighter that’s had to sit there and simmer, be furious.
“When you talk about sleeping lions as in Wilder, he's mad at things that have happened, and he still can't accept the defeat. That's his problem.
“He needs to understand why it happened and fix what happened and not blame everybody else, which he has been doing. And until he does that, the result will be exactly the same.”
Wilder recently made it clear that he's mentally focusing to inflict as much damage as possible in the third encounter.
“My mind is very violent,” said Wilder. “We built a whole facility to commit a legal homicide and that's just what it is, my mind is very violent at this time.
“I can't wait, when you're contemplating and pre-meditating about harming a man and you see that person, what you've been thinking and feeling will come out. The only thing about it is, at that point in time, I have to wait until I get in the ring to really release because I can't do it on the outside, it'd defeat the purpose.
“The baby's got to eat, but when I do get in the ring, this is what I love about it, I'm able to release everything I've been feeling, everything I've been thinking, and get paid to do it."