Deontay Wilder says “the war has just begun” and has vowed to become a world champion again following the loss of his WBC title to Tyson Fury.

The Bronze Bomber, who had blamed the weight of his ring-walk costume for the first defeat of his career, was dismantled by Fury in Las Vegas last weekend with his corner throwing in the towel to end the contest in the seventh round.

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Wilder has since dismissed reports he is sacking trainer Mark Breland after acknowledging his corner only had his best interests at heart when they brought the fight to a premature halt.

But Wilder is expected to take up his option for a third fight with Fury, and in a video dedicated to his fans and posted on social media, Wilder promised to rise “like a phoenix from the ashes”.

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