Deontay Wilder has warned Tyson Fury that he intends to "decapitate him in every way" in their trilogy fight on July 24.
After months of negotiations, Fury was set to fight Anthony Joshua in an all-British world heavyweight unification fight this summer.
Both fighters had agreed to fight in Saudi Arabia. The official announcement appeared to only be days away before the bout had to be postponed.
The Gypsy King stopped Wilder in the seventh round of their rematch in February 2020 after a dominant performance.
Joshua now looks set to face Oleksandr Usyk in August. Should both Joshua and Fury win their respective fights, the unification may end up happening before the end of this year should negotiations go well.
Wilder is out to ruin these plans, though. He has told 78SportsTV that there is "nowhere" for Fury to run no more:
"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. You wanna decapitate him in every way, like premeditated stuff.
"There's nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. You got to go through me. I'm the hardest puncher in heavyweight history, and I'm going to continue to do that.
"I'm ready to get this title back. We were contractually obligated to have a fight. He gave his word. When you do all that - and we have the proof - you got to abide by that.
"You got to handle the business, and you can't close the chapter without going through Deontay Wilder."
Wilder to stop Fury?
The Bronze Bomber really has a way with words, doesn't he?
A statement like this really is not out of the norm from him so there is only so much you can take from it.
But what is clear is that Wilder is fully focused and is determined to exact revenge on Fury.
Can he do it? Of course he can.
This fight is not a forgone conclusion as some expect it to be. Wilder's punch power on its own is enough to give him a chance against Fury and the rest of the division.
Fury has been living it up in Vegas for months so there are rightly some concerns about him being complacent.
Despite this, going off the last fight, if Fury is on his game, Wilder will not be a match for him and you would bet on the next bout ending in a similar way to their second fight.
From a selfish perspective, you hope that Fury and Joshua both win in style so we can *finally* get the unification fight this year. That's not too much to ask for, is it?