Big-punching Deontay Wilder has reacted to recent taunts by Tyson Fury and believes that the former Irish champion should first settle his differences with David Haye before make any brash claims towards him in the media.
The 28-0 American knockout specialist currently possesses the most formidable record in the division, with none of his previous opponents able to make it past four rounds with him.
Wilder, 27, has found himself as the focus of attention from the British Isles since his 70-second stoppage win over Audley Harrison in April, but believes that Fury has no intention of facing him in the ring and has more than he can handle with a potential fight with Haye in the offing.
“Tyson Fury is jealous and scared to fight me,” Wilder told World Boxing News.
“The only way he can express himself is to do it by saying things about me as he knows I am a dangerous fighter and I will fight anybody, anywhere, anytime.”
Fury, 24, recently told ‘The Bronze Bomber’ to prove his worth in his own country by fighting former opponent Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson, someone who the 6ft 9ins colossus rates as the best US heavyweight out there – which didn’t go down well with Wilder.
“First of all, Fury doesn’t dictate who I fight,” said Wilder. “I could say why doesn’t he take the challenge and fight David Haye?
“Kevin Johnson is not the best heavyweight in America because I am. As I said I’ll fight anybody, anywhere, anyplace, any race. Let’s see if he does as David Haye is a great fighter and also a great guy.
“Any heavyweight can knock any other heavyweight out if he lands the right shot at the right time and everybody in this weight class can punch,” he added.
Wilder is himself set to return to the ring on July 13th in New York as he looks to make it 29 knockouts in a row, with an opponent to be announced by manager Jay Deas shortly.