Fury laughs off taunts of unbeaten Wilder

Audley Harrison (left) goes to the floor during his Heavyweight bout against Deontay Wilder at the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 27, 2013. See PA story BOXING Sheffield. Photo:: Dave Thompson/PA Wire
Audley Harrison (left) goes to the floor during his Heavyweight bout against Deontay Wilder at the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 27, 2013. See PA story BOXING Sheffield. Photo:: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Tyson Fury has laughed off a challenge from American knockout king Deontay Wilder.

The Beijing Olympic Bronze Medallist called out the Morecambe heavyweight after a devastating performance saw him stop Audley Harrison in just 70 seconds in Sheffield on Saturday night.

The defeat, which looks set to end 41-year-old Harrison’s pro career, was Wilder’s 28th win in the paid ranks with all of them coming inside the scheduled distance.

Taunting Fury post-fight he said: “I’m a beast with God-given talent.

“I will come back to England whenever he wants to fight.”

But Fury, never short of a word or two himself, brushed off the taunts on Twitter.

He said: “Long way to go boy windmilling and KOing and old man, great job! Join the queue.”

Team Fury are instead focused on setting up a final IBF eliminator with unbeaten Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev. The winner of the fight will be the mandatory challenger for Wladimir Klitschko’s IBF heavyweight crown.

The Morecambe man is a popular target for other heavyweights but promoter Mick Hennessy and trainer and uncle Peter Fury seem determined to take the rankings route to Tyson’s first crack at a world title.

He won several new fans with an entertaining, if slightly unconvincing, win over Steve Cunningham on his Amercian debut.

Fury recovered from a second round knockdown to stop his opponent in the seventh at New York’s Madison Square Garden.