American puncher Deontay Wilder is ready to fight Tyson Fury in a battle of unbeaten heavyweights.
Wilder’s trainer Jay Deas says the knockout ace wants to replace David Haye and face the Morecambe giant on February 8.
His comments came after Fury’s shock announcement on twitter that he was “one million per cent” retiring from boxing.
But Deas said talks were under way between the Wilder and Fury camps.
“I have been in touch with (Fury’s promoters) Hennessy Sports and haven’t heard of an offer yet,” said Deas.
“I hope to hear soon. Contrary to reports, February 8 allows plenty of time for us. We’re not the issue.”
Mick Hennessy, Fury’s promoter, confirmed talks had begun and that Tyson “needed time” to get over the cancellation of his British megafight with ‘The Hayemaker’.
Last week Haye had shoulder surgery, infuriating Tyson who had seen the original date of September 28 postponed after the two-time former world champion suffered a cut eye in sparring.
But Deas said Wilder, who has won all 30 of his fights by knockout, is willing to step in if the deal is right for both sides.
“This is no doubt the biggest fight in the heavyweight division that can be made, it just needs to be structured that way,” he said.
“Tyson and Deontay deserve a paycheck that is in line with the magnitude of the event.
“Not one person who was going to attend, order, sponsor, or advertise Haye-Fury is going to decline Wilder-Fury. In fact, you’re actually adding an entire continent (of America).
“So instead of being a domestic clash with international impact, it is an international clash with worldwide impact. It needs to be viewed as such.”
Deas said he had massive respect for Tyson and his uncle and trainer, Peter Fury. He also praised Fury’s performance in his last fight against Steve Cunningham in April, a 7th round knockout win.
“I really like Tyson Fury and always have. He’s good for boxing.
“Peter doesn’t get the credit he’s due for his exceptional work in this regard. He really has done a fantastic job.
“Many people put down the Fury performance v Cunningham but if you know what you’re looking at it is one of his most impressive outings.
“He did what he had to do vs a live smaller tricky guy. It wasn’t pretty but it was effective, strategic and smart.
“I look forward to pitting my guy against him. We’ll have to raise our game and look forward to the opportunity to do so.
“I would rather the fight was in the UK. I love the UK, I’ve been there for several fights and we have a lot of friends and support there.
“It’s a bigger fight there and will generate more money there. I’d go to England today if they’d let me!”
Deas admitted the ‘Bronze Bomber’, who destroyed Audley Harrison inside a round in April, would be facing his toughest opponent to date in Fury, who is unbeaten in 21.
“I can’t give away how Wilder wins, we’d just have to do a lot of little things right.
“It’s a tough fight for both guys, just all in all a great fight and I hope it can be made.”