According to heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder, he was told by an insider that Tyson Fury was getting beaten up in sparring a few months back. (photo by Ryan Hafey)
The two rivals were scheduled to collide in July, but their fight was pushed back when Fury tested positive for COVID-19.
Their trilogy encounter is now set for October 9 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Both heavyweights have been inactive since February 2020, when Fury stopped Wilder in seven rounds to capture the WBC title.
Wilder is hoping the third meeting finally comes off as intended. He strongly believes Fury withdrew because of his struggles in training camp and not because of COVID.
"I'm ready. I hope they are ready. I hope they have their priorities in line. Their game-plan, how they are going to approach the fight. I know he wasn't doing well in camp. The young guys were piecing him up," Wilder told the PBC Podcast.
"I had a young guy from my camp who was piecing him up. Sparring [for me] has been amazing. I can't say names but just know there have been a lot of people on the canvas. Hopefully he is confident to go through [with the fight] and not have anything go wrong. A reinvented Deontay Wilder. Something you've never seen before.
"In the time off we have done nothing but work, work, work. Even when my body rested, my mind was still at it."
Wilder's new trainer, retired heavyweight Malik Scott, has heard the same rumors regarding Fury's training camp.
"When you hear those kinds of rumors with this type of high caliber fight, those are not rumors, those are facts," Scott said.
Wilder also stood firm on his decision to fire longtime co-trainer Mark Breland, who threw in the towel to stop last year's rematch with Fury.
"I had to get rid of the snakes in my team and I had to get in people who really love me. I needed soldiers," Wilder said.
"I'm a king. When a king falls he has to strategize, and get back up. There is no point in moping, sitting back. You've got to pick yourself up, make yourself and the people around you stronger."