DEONTAY WILDER has been warned he won't win his trilogy fight with Tyson Fury if he doesn't 'accept' his defeat to the Gypsy King.
The American's reign as WBC heavyweight champ came to a sensational end at the hands of the Wythenshawe warrior last February.
Wilder, 35, has come up with several excuses for his first professional loss and even accused his former cornerman of spiking his water.
And former WBO cruiserweight champion Johnny Nelson believes The Bronze Bomber will be smashed by Fury again if he doesn't acknowledge the Brit was the better man in their Sin City rematch.
When asked to predict the outcome of the fight, Nelson told Sky Sports: "If you by form, you expect Tyson Fury to do a better job than he did the last time.
"If you by what's happening lifestyle-wise outside of the ring – and one fighter that's had to sit there and simmer, be furious.
"And when you talk about sleeping lions as in Wilder, he's made at things that have happened. And he still can't accept the defeat. That's his problem.
"He needs to understand why it happened and fix what happened and not blame everybody else, which he has been doing.
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"And until he does that, the result will be exactly the same."
Nelson is refusing to completely rule out Wilder's chances of levelling his series with Fury, who he reckons may have embraced his newfound fame a little too much.
He added: 'Tyson Fury's life has changed. This guy has turned into a massive celebrity.
"And so, with him being a celebrity, has been distracted by that celebrity lifestyle?
"Has not trained as what he would do and what he would've like he did the first two fights against Wilder?
"I hope he has. Now he's come back to the fold, he just wants to fight.
He needs to understand why it happened and fix what happened and not blame everybody else
"I expect the results to be the same, but do not be surprised if Wilder – who is probably the biggest puncher I've seen live – catches Tyson Fury.
"Because if he can catch him, he gets gone. But the thing is Tyson Fury can box, he can move. He's the smartest cookie in the room.
"If you're a one-trick where you can bang and knock people out, you just need that one shot.
"But Tyson Fury has got a lot to his repertoire."
Wilder has enlisted the help of former foe Malik Scott in a bid to settle the score with Fury, who he plans to take out in devastating fashion.
He said: "My mind is very violent. 'We built a whole facility to commit a legal homicide and that's just what it is, my mind is very violent at this time.
"I can't wait, when you're contemplating and pre-meditating about harming a man and you see that person, what you've been thinking and feeling will come out.
"The only thing about it is, at that point in time, I have to wait until I get in the ring to really release because I can't do it on the outside, it'd defeat the purpose.
"The baby's got to eat, but when I do get in the ring, this is what I love about it, I'm able to release everything I've been feeling, everything I've been thinking, and get paid to do it."
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