Mike Tyson has told Deontay Wilder to grow up and ‘dedicate his life to winning’ ahead of his third fight with Tyson Fury later this year.
The pair have already fought on two occasions, with the first ending in a draw and the second only reaching the seventh round before it was called off, with Fury winning via TKO.
It was a humbling defeat for the previously unbeaten Wilder, who was completely outclassed by the Gypsy King, hitting the floor twice before the stoppage eventually came.
Fury is the overwhelming favourite to win their third fight, which is expected to take place in December, and while Tyson thinks Wilder still poses a threat to the WBC heavyweight champion, he needs to improve his attitude to pick up the upset victory.
‘There’s always a chance. Everyone always has a chance,’ Tyson told Fat Joe on Instagram.
‘It just depends on how much they want to give in to it. If he wants to dedicate his life to really winning this fight, anything can happen.
‘Wilder can still make a lot of money. He shouldn’t feel sad or discouraged. He should continue to go out there and fight with a lot of zest and confidence.
‘He’s feeling like he’s given up, “Oh my life is over, I made £72million so far but my life is over, oh lord, oh God, I wanna die”.
‘Grow up man, let’s just keep going through this until it’s really over.’
Top Rank executive Brad Jacobs confirmed to Sky Sports that the third bout between the two giants is being targeted for 19 December.
‘We are focusing on December 19 and are hoping that, by then, we are back to a nearly normal situation,’ he said. ‘That may be a 50 per cent capacity.
‘We are looking all over the world, at this point, for the best location for this event. That will be narrowed down and we’ll see where it takes us.’
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