Deontay Wilder has stopped texting Tyson Fury back
At one point, the rematch between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder looked nailed on
Both fighters initially seemed keen to run it back and truly determine the better fighter after December's controversial split draw in Los Angeles.
Negotiations were well underway for Wilder vs. Fury II to take place but talks seem to have stalled ever since 'The Gypsy King' agreed a deal with ESPN which made them the exclusive broadcaster of his fights in the United States, bringing about a potential conflict with Wilder, who is contracted to Showtime.
With Anthony Joshua set to make his US debut against unbeaten New Yorker, Jarrell 'Big Baby' Miller, Fury vs Wilder II seemed to be a no-brainer but now that Fury is getting radio silence from 'The Bronze Bomber', it looks like they will both have to go in a different direction for their next trip through the ropes.
Cruiserweight legend Johnny Nelson revealed that the texts had dried up from Wilder's end, leading Nelson to believe that the rematch will not happen next, if at all.
"Tyson told me that before he fought Deontay Wilder, they would text each other," Nelson told IFL TV.
"Tyson would say things like 'you alright you big bum?' and all this sort of stuff. And they'd text each other back.
"But since the fight, Tyson has texted and asked him how he is doing and when they are going to get the rematch going and he hasn't got a reply yet.
Nelson continued: "I don't think the fight will happen because I think, surprisingly for Wilder, the things he's saying about 'AJ', it's coming across (like he's pushing for that fight).
"I always thought he'd be the kind of guy who would want to right a wrong and fix that blip, that draw with Tyson Fury.
"This is the quietest I've heard him and he doesn't come across to me as that type of guy but right now, he does.
"I hope the rematch does happen but I've got a funny feeling it won't."