Deontay Wilder calls on Tyson Fury to face David Haye

Last Updated: 02/09/13 4:00pm

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Deontay Wilder: Believes Tyson Fury is trying to avoid him

Deontay Wilder: Believes Tyson Fury is trying to avoid him

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American heavyweight Deontay Wilder has urged Tyson Fury to back up his boasts by facing David Haye.

The unbeaten Wilder made a big impact in Britain when he blew away Audley Harrison in just 70 seconds in April and then called for a clash with Fury.

Fury poured scorn on Wilder's win and told the 27-year-old to prove himself against Kevin Johnson, who he beat on points, before thinking about fighting him.

Wilder insists he is willing to battle any rival and challenged Fury to demonstrate his fighting spirit by settling his feud with Haye.

The duo have become embroiled in a war of words and a showdown appears to be in the pipeline after Fury's handlers withdrew from purse bids for a planned fight with Kubrat Pulev.

"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.

"First of all, Fury doesn't dictate who I fight. 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."

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