Deontay Wilder praises Oleksandr Usyk in dig at Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua

Deontay Wilder has praised "honourable" Oleksandr Usyk – but hinted Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua have behaved less so as world champions.

Wilder will bid to win back his heavyweight crown from Fury in their trilogy fight this weekend.

And he has already set his sights on an undisputed clash with Usyk who dethroned Joshua last month.

"I like what Usyk is saying," said Wilder. "He predicted that I would knock Fury out, he say he had no doubt that he would knock Joshua out and after that he wanted to get straight to it because he’s older and he means business.

"I feel that he’s an honourable man. I think he will stick to his word. A lot of people get the belt and then start acting funny with it but with him he is a warrior.

"I’m looking forward to it because the only way I will be able to retire is if I achieve, ‘One champion, one face, one name’."

Fury was on course for his own undisputed clash with Joshua before Wilder took legal action to force a third meeting.

A judge ruled in the American's favour earlier this year as he was granted his wish for a revenge mission.

Wilder was forced to wait another three months when Fury contracted Covid-19, pushing their fight back from July.

He will enter the ring as the betting underdog in Las Vegas – but insists he is thriving in that role.

"I love being the underdog," he added. "A lot of fighters love being the underdog because when you’re the underdog you’ve got nothing to lose and everything to prove.

"There is less pressure upon you so I love being in this position. God doesn't make mistakes, he wants things to happen for a reason. The Bible even tells you not to leave things to your own understanding and that is what I’ve done.

"It’s been a great camp and I’m looking forward to it."

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Wilder has overhauled his coaching team for the trilogy fight – adding former opponent Malik Scott to his corner.

And he added: "I believe in what we’ve been doing in camp, I believe in my team and Malik has brought the best out of me, things that I haven’t done because I haven’t had to do but these are things that I can bring out on a consistent basis and it is going to beneficial for me.

"I’m looking forward to showing my talent and my ability up inside the ring. Everyone knows I have power and my power never diminishes from the first through the 12th.

"Everyone knows about my power but I want to show a little bit more. I want to beat him up and I’m going to knock him out. "

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