Deontay Wilder wants Tyson Fury next year, says he would come to the UK for heavyweight unification

Deontay Wilder
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James Slater sees some exciting options ahead for new heavyweight world champion, Fury

TYSON FURY is a wanted man right now. Fresh off his brilliant upset win over Wladimir Klitschko, the new WBA, IBF and WBO king is being called out by just about every notable heavyweight out there – be it David Haye, Anthony Joshua, Wladimir Klitschko (who wants a rematch, as the contract for the first fight stipulates) and, perhaps most vocally, Deontay Wilder.

Fury has no objections to facing Klitschko for a second time, for a “round two, ding, ding,” as he put it himself after the fight, but he has nothing but disdain for Haye. “I’d rather fight my cousin, Hughie, than give that pretender a pay day,” Fury stated. And while a massive all-British clash with Olympic gold medal winner Joshua will almost certainly happen if Fury can hang onto his world titles, that one looks to be a good few months away at least. But a unification with Wilder could happen next year, and the reigning WBC boss says he wants it to happen right after his next fight – a third voluntary defence of his WBC belt, against a TBA – in January.

“I’ve got to fight someone in January and after that I would love to have a unification bout – and guess what, I wouldn’t mind coming to the UK for that one,” Wilder told BBC Radio 5. “No matter where it might be, I want to be the undisputed champion of the world.”

Wilder, though, must accommodate Russia’s Alexander Povetkin, who, as Wilder’s mandatory, has been waiting patiently for his earned shot for some time. But if Wilder can win in January, then get past Povetkin in the spring or early summer, it could be Fury after that. Fury, though, claims he isn’t all that interested in fighting “The Bronze Bomber,” as the unbeaten Wilder is known.

“Why should I be bothered about a novice like Wilder,” Fury said shortly after his great win in Germany. “He’s a basketball player who took up boxing a couple of years ago. Let’s laugh at his name, shall we?”

Despite this talk, Fury has to know a unification fight, against a huge puncher and as marketable a fighter as Wilder, could not fail to do huge business. And assuming he can take care of his own obligations regarding a Klitschko return – which could be Fury’s next fight if he is not allowed a voluntary defence first – Fury would surely be enticed by the idea of having Wilder do the travelling over to the UK for what would be a monstrous promotion.

Fury seems to have plenty of options, as is to be expected now that he is the linear heavyweight champion of the world.

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