Paulie Malignaggi believes his fellow countryman Deotany Wilder is "going to get smoked" when he meets Tyson Fury for the third time next month.
Fury's WBC heavyweight belt will be on the line on July 24 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
After a contentious draw in the first fight, Fury dominated his older rival in February 2020 dropping him twice and stopping him with volley of shots midway through the seventh round to win by TKO.
It proved to be a bruising encounter for Wilder, who has since changed trainers. Mark Breland, who Wilder accused of throwing in the towel too early in fight two and claimed was involved in the 'spiking' of his own water, has departed.
Malik Scott - a trainer Wilder describes as his 'brother" - is the new man behind the 35-year-old.
But former Showtime pundit and two-division world champion Malignaggi believes Wilder, despite being on home soil for the third time against Fury, is in for another tough night.
"I think Wilder is going to get absolutely eviscerated in the fight.
"I think he's going to get smoked to where he's never the same again because he took a bad beating the second time around," Malignaggi told The Schmo.
"The first time around, I thought Fury outpointed him.
"The second time around, he took a bad beating, and that will usually change a lot of guys in general. If you're going to ask for that type of beating again, I don't see where he's going."
The 40-year-old former welterweight also believes Wilder will not have learnt "how to fight going backward".
While Anthony Joshua has highlighted Wilder's reliance on his right hand. Malignaggi sees other flaws on Wilder's CV.
"Here's the thing. Wilder doesn't know how to fight going backward. You're not going to figure out how to fight going backward," added Malignaggi.
"You're not going to mentally and psychologically and physically change yourself to the point where you're going to figure out how to fight this guy going backward. Fury will back you up."
One thing Wilder has got right though is his mentality, according to the Brooklyn-born Malignaggi.
ESPN Ringside also described Wilder as "shredded" after a clip of the fighter training on Twitter was posted by Scott recently.
However, "Magic Man" focused on Wilder's mental approach after he refused to get involved in a war of words at the press conference last week.
"I think Wilder has the right approach," said Malignaggi. "You've got to kind of have this in denial approach to it if you're going to take this fight. You can't think about it negatively. You've got to convince yourself that it was everybody else's fault and that Fury cheated."
Of course, Wilder had a string of excuses after the defeat to Fury at the MGM Grand. Wilder's axed trainer bore the brunt of it, but Wilder also claimed a heavy costume left him with "no legs".
He also claimed Fury's gloves were illegal. Allegations that Fury denied.
Wilder needs to have that sort of mindset for any chance of winning, says Malignaggi.
"You've got to convince yourself about all this stuff that people aren't going to take you seriously, but you've got to do it to put yourself in the best position mentally that you're going to win the fight," added Malignaggi.
"I said that, and I don't have a problem with that. If Wilder is going to be crazy enough to take this fight again, I think he has the right mental approach."