Heavyweight champion Wilder targets Brit Fury for title defence

Frank Dalleres
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AMERICA’S first heavyweight world champion for almost a decade Deontay Wilder has declared he would “love to” fight Britain’s Tyson Fury, insisting “I can’t wait”.

Wilder, 29, claimed the WBC title on Saturday by beating Canadian Bermane Stiverne in a unanimous points decision, and is now keen to take on British and Commonwealth champion Fury.

“I would love to fight Tyson Fury,” said Wilder, the first American heavyweight champion since 2006. “As far as being entertaining, I think he’s ahead of his business in the UK in entertainment and I think I’m doing the same in America. There’s nothing like the big guys going at it. It’s like a freak show, so I can’t wait.”

Wilder also wants a unification fight with WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko. Fury, who has won all 23 of his professional bouts, is mandatory challenger for the WBO belt and faces Germany’s Christian Hammer in London next month.

Britain’s WBA and IBF super-middleweight champion Carl Froch has scrapped plans to face Julio Cesar Chvez Jr in Las Vegas in March after suffering an elbow injury.