American boxer Deontay Wilder believes Tyson Fury would step aside to let him try to unify the heavyweight division because he doesn’t ‘want to fight me again’.
Wilder produced a first-round knockout of Dominic Breazeale in May to return to winning ways after drawing with Fury in a thrilling fight at the end of last year.
The pair are reportedly due to contest a rematch in February 2020 but only after the American has beaten Luis Ortiz again, supposedly in November.
However, Wilder now seems to have changed his plans once again with the opportunity to fight for all four belts against the winner of Andy Ruiz Jr vs Anthony Joshua too good to pass up.
‘I would want him to step aside, which I think he would do anyway,’ Wilder said. ‘I think he would, but I would want him to do it as well, to give a unification. One champion, one face, one name. That has never left my mind.’
Joshua is expected to face Ruiz Jr for a second time on December 7 with a Saudi Arabian venue being announced earlier this summer, although that was thrown into doubt when the Mexican-American claimed he had not agreed to the bout.
However, he later confirmed that the two would be in the ring in December with the WBA, WBO and IBF world heavyweight titles on the line.
Joshua will hope that he is the one to bounce back from a first professional defeat and re-take the three belts, putting him back on track for domination of the heavyweight division.
And Wilder does not believe that Fury will stand in his way. ‘In my opinion, I don’t feel Fury wants to fight me again anyway…’ Wilder added.
‘If this opportunity comes about, I think Fury will pass up his opportunity, he would want me to fight for the unification, and then come back and fight him. He ain’t really no king, he don’t have a title. I revived his career for him, you’re welcome.
‘Now, if that happens [the chance to unify], Fury, step aside.’Photo Credit: Getty