Deontay Wilder is eager to return to the ring soon as he looks to put a difficult 2020 behind him.
The ‘Bronze Bomber’ lost his long-held WBC title to fierce rival Tyson Fury last February in a thrilling rematch in Las Vegas.
Fury put on a career-best performance to destroy Wilder and claim his belt.
Wilder has wanted a third clash with the ‘Gypsy King’ and the chance at avenging that shock defeat.
But the difficulties surrounding the COVID-19 lockdown and the politics of boxing has meant no agreement has been reached and Fury is now looking elsewhere.
Wilder has stated he will take legal action to secure a trilogy fight but that is beginning to look unlikely and the 35-year-old American may have to make other plans.
Will Deontay Wilder fight Tyson Fury again?
Wilder has said recently that he has ‘been ready [to fight] since September’ as he strives to fight Fury again.
But the Alabama-native believes Fury isn’t a ‘man of his word’.
He said: “You can see me back in the ring sometime in the first week of January, the latest early February and we’re looking through opponents now.
“We’re not going to sit around and wait on a coward that has an obligation to fulfil but ran away from it.
“We’re not going to sit around, we’ve got to get back in the ring. I’ve got a lot of fans looking forward to me stepping back into the ring and doing what I do best.
“I’ve been ready since September. You’re not a man of your word, you’re not fulfilling your obligation.
“I helped you out, I put millions in your pocket, I made you relevant, now it’s time for you to do the same thing, that’s all we’re saying.
“They sat around, it was their obligation to put the fight on. They waited all the way till October came, then talking about we abandoned the contract. That’s a lie!”
Who else could Deontay Wilder face next?
With Fury seemingly set on facing British rival Anthony Joshua in a highly-coveted unification bout next, Wilder may have to forget him and face someone else.
While that will be a blow to Wilder, he does have several top names that he could take on next.
He said: “Realistically, Dillian Whyte would be on the list, Andy Ruiz Jr would be one on the list, Robert Helenius, Joseph Parker.
“Oleksandr Usyk, I would love to fight him because he called me out.
“There’s a lot of guys on the list. When that phone rings just accept the opportunity.”
Dillian Whyte wants to ‘smash Deontay Wilder’s face in’ as he accuses Bronze Bomber of being disrespectful
Dillian Whyte lost to Alexander Povetkin over the summer and was set to face him again before Christmas but the Russian contracted COVID.
Whyte is expected to face Povetkin next but could be tempted into a big-money bout with Wilder.
Andy Ruiz Jr seems a viable option. The Mexican has not fought since losing to Anthony Joshua in their rematch last December and is looking for a new opponent.
Likewise, Oleksandr Usyk could work but he wants to face Joshua soon as he is the WBO mandatory challenger.
AJ could vacate that belt, potentially setting up a showdown between Usyk and Wilder for it but there remains much in the air as far as that is concerned.