TYSON FURY goaded Deontay Wilder by telling the American: I’ll rematch you when you’re recognised in your own country.
The taunt came in response to the Bronze Bomber’s scathing tweet after the Brit pulled out of a second fight worth £50million to take an interim bout instead.
Wilder, 33, had fumed: “You sorry muthaf*****. You requested a warm-up fight first. I don’t blame you though, I probably would too if I saw my brains splashed all over the canvas.”
Fury, 30, responded: “Get your self a bit more well known in America first kid & then I’ll give you another chance!
“I already beat you & the world knows it & so do you must be hard for you that a British fighter has taken over the USA watch me whippppp #ONLYINAMERICA @espn”
It is a huge U-turn for Fury, who claimed he only wanted to fight Wilder after their controversial draw in December.
Fury had said: “I ain’t interested in fighting number ten, number eight, number three, number two — I only want the best. So I want Deontay Wilder next.”
But Fury, 30, now wants to build his profile across the pond first after signing an £80m mega-bucks deal with ESPN.
The WBC has been notified that Fury is lining up an interim fight in May or June.
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman said: “It feels like someone let all the air out of the balloon.
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“We are at great moment in the heavyweight division and there was a lot of excitement for this rematch.”
Wilder is expected to next take on mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale.
Fury is now aiming to fight Wilder in the autumn to maximise viewership for his pay-per-view fights.