Deontay Wilder looks sharp in first new training footage in a year

New footage of Deontay Wilder training has been shared this week, as he prepares for a return to the ring.

We’ve seen little of Wilder in action since his last fight against Tyson Fury last February, with the ‘Bronze Bomber’ having not stepped into the ring following that defeat.

Working alongside Malik Scott, Wilder is seen displaying the immense power and speed that has seen him knock out 41 of his 42 professional opponents.

The one opponent not on that list, of course, is Fury.

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Wilder did knock Fury down in the 12th and final round of their first fight, and it looked as if the ‘Gypsy King’ was out for the count. But Fury, in one of boxing’s most memorable moments, somehow managed to get up, beat the count and continue the fight.

The second fight saw Fury take victory after a superb display via seventh-round technical knockout in Las Vegas.

Most notably, the footage actually teases more ‘technique’ than we associate with the knockout specialist, whose biggest criticism has always honed in on his lack of technical boxing ability.

Who will Wilder fight next?

Plenty of rumours have circulated since that night about who Wilder would take on next.

He was due to take on Fury in a trilogy fight last summer, although that bout was postponed and later cancelled.

Fury now looks set to take on Anthony Joshua, although his US promoter Bob Arum didn’t definitively rule out the prospect of the 32-year-old facing the ‘Bronze Bomber’ instead.

Wilder has also been linked with potential fights against Dillian Whyte and Charles Martin.

Whyte posted on Instagram earlier this month: “I want to punish Deontay Wilder. The coward is full of fear. Come see me, fraud clown.”

He said back in December – prior to his victory over Alexander Povetkin – that Wilder was on a five-man shortlist of fighters he wanted to take on before he retired.

It will be interesting to see whether calls for a fight between the pair are intensified over the coming weeks.

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