DEONTAY WILDER has shockingly accused Tyson Fury of using mental health issues to build his profile in the US.
After winning the unified titles in 2015 Fury faced a battle out of the ring with personal demons that saw him relinquish his belts and take a two and a half year hiatus.
However, the Gypsy King, 30, returned to action in June 2018 as a mental health advocate transitioning from the heavyweight villain to cult hero.
But WBC king Wilder, 33, accused the Brit of “holding onto” his battle with mental health in order to make sure “people are entertained”.
Wilder told 78SportsTV: “The only thing he really has to go off of is beating a dead horse with the mental illness thing, that’s it.
“But he’s going to find in America that’s yesterday’s news, that’s an old story, in America we want what’s fresh and what’s new.
“There are millions who have faced this illness, it’s a thing that can be overcome, so many people have overcome it, he wants to come up with this story, it’s something he’s holding onto, the mental illness thing is dying out.
“As you can see in his last fight, it says it all, his story paints itself, it tells its own story.
“It’s pathetic what he’s doing but as long people are entertained he’s going to continue to do it, but once it dies down he may change his ways.”
Fury was desperately unfortunate not to walk away with Wilder’s world title in December after the Gypsy King’s performance in Los Angeles only saw him receive a draw.
The pair are set to rematch next year and Fury has since signed an £80million deal with US promotion Top Rank and battered Tom Schwarz in Las Vegas last month.
But The Bronze Bomber claims his British foe is not confident heading into the rematch, having been dropped twice in the first fight last year, while unified champion Andy Ruiz Jr is the “new” fight on Wilder’s mind.
Wilder added: “Fury doesn’t want fight me no more, I knocked him out already, if it wasn’t for that referee it’s over with.
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“The judges had it right, it was a very, very close fight. If Ruiz is clear and my path is clear after [Luis] Ortiz and he wants to unify then why not?
“I don’t see anyone standing in the way of that, that’s the new big fight now.
“I’m sure Fury would want me to do that.”