As David Haye begins his lengthy recovery from shoulder surgery, rival Tyson Fury has already put their failed clash behind him and has begun to bait American Deontay Wilder into taking his place.
Fury, 25, is hoping the undefeat knockout king, who has stopped all 30 opponents inside four rounds, accepts his proposal in order to keep his secured date at the Phones 4U Arena in Manchester on February 8.
The former British and Irish champion has had to deal with two cancellations from Haye in the past two months and will hope to end ten months of inactivity against a top contender early next year as a world title fight looms large.
Upon hearing that Haye was once again out of action over the weekend, Fury instantly turned his attention to the ‘Bronze Bomber’ with several social media messages aimed at the highly-ranked American contender.
“You talk the talk, but now it’s time to walk the walk,” said Fury. “Wilder v Fury at the Phones 4U Arena February 8 – let’s get it on.
“Wilder, you and me is the biggest and most exciting fight in world boxing. You have had banter with me and Hennessy Sports so get someone to call Mick and let’s give the fans a real fight!”
A positive response from Wilder would instantly capture the attention of the fight fans who have been initially receptive to Fury’s wishes to face the heavy-handed Tusacaloosa native.
Whether Wilder stepping in would be a big enough clash to hold the Sky Sports Box Office date would be debatable though and it may only be a world title fight what would keep Fury on pay-per-view.
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