Heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder has issued a firm warning that wants to badly damage WBC world champion Tyson Fury in their upcoming trilogy fight.

The third meeting is scheduled for July 24 in Las Vegas.

They first met in December 2018, with the contest ending in a controversial twelve round split draw. Fury went down twice in the bout.

In February 2020, the rematch took place - with Fury dropping Wilder twice in a one-sided seven round stoppage win to capture the WBC world title.

Wilder would then exercise an immediate rematch clause.

The third contest suffered several delays, mostly due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Eventually, Fury's handlers deemed the rematch clause as being expired.

In response, Wilder initiated a legal action to enforce the contractual clause for a third fight.

After several months of legal wrangling, an arbitrator ordered Fury to honor the rematch clause and face Wilder by September.

Wilder, who made numerous allegations that Fury cheated in their second bout, is promising to inflict the most damage possible.

"My mentality is - you've been contemplating about hurting a person so bad, to the point you wanna disfigure him so his mother wouldn't even know who he was," Wilder told 78SPORTSTV.

"You wanna decapitate him in every way, like premeditated stuff."

In the aftermath of his first career defeat, Wilder made several changes to his team and is now being trained by retired heavyweight contender Malik Scott.

He has a lot of respect for Wilder and fully backs him to bounce back in style.

"Muhammad Ali is one of my greatest fighters of all time," Scott said. "He very was magical in the ring, but it was the things he beat outside the ring that truly got my attention. Deontay Wilder is the closest thing to that in this time."