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Exclusive: Hughie Fury not impressed by Deontay Wilder’s title defences, eyes 2017 fight

Joe Hewlett 14/04/2017

Sophie Merlo

Hughie Fury isn’t content with one world title fight in 2017 and is targeting a possible heavyweight unification clash with WBC king Deontay Wilder later this year.

The pair were set to fight each other on a couple of occasions previously before the announcement of the 22 year-old mandatory challenger fighting Joe Parker for the WBO version.

Parker v Fury is set for May 6 in New Zealand, and a win for the young contender would mean following cousin Tyson as the second top division ruler from the family.

Should Fury be triumphant against Parker, he’s open to fighting American puncher Wilder, potentially in his first defence after original negotiations between the pair collapsed.

Despite a 38-0 record with 37 knockouts though, Fury has been less than impressed with Wilder since he became champion in January 2015.

“I wanted to fight Wilder next but for one reason or another the fight didn’t happen but 100% I want to fight him later this year,” Fury exclusively told World Boxing News.

“To be honest, you would have thought Wilder would have taken on better opposition than what he has since becoming champion, he’s just fought the up-and-coming fighters.

“I have to take one fight at a time but eventually I want to fight them all,” he added.

Wilder defeated Gerald Washington via stoppage in his latest defence and has his own duty to number one contender Bermane Stiverne, the only man to go the distance with him, to deal with before any possible Fury fight.

Pitting the two together seems to have been a long drawn-out process, although Fury must deal with the dangerous Parker before any encounter with ‘The Bronze Bomber’ can even come to close to being a reality.

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95

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