Wilder: I’ll whip Fury for Lennox

WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has vowed to 'whoop' Tyson Fury on British boxing great Lennox Lewis' behalf.

Fury took possession of the WBA, IBF and WBO titles after an upset points victory over Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf last month, although he has been stripped of the IBF belt.

Fury is committed to rematch with Klitschko, but Wilder is hoping to get his own crack at the new champion in what would be a massive unification fight.

"I definitely saw the parts of the fight while I was awake!" said Wilder when asked about the Fury/Klitschko bout.

"That's the exciting part about boxing, you just never know what's going to happen. Congratulations to him on the upset and I hope that he's enjoying the belt and stuff like that."

Wilder and Fury have been trading blows on social media, but the American shrugged it off.

"The comments that he referred to me, well, everybody is entitled to their own opinion," he said. "Words don't hurt me.

"Most people are only like that for the cameras. When they're in person they're like best friends to me.

"You say this crazy stuff when you feel like you won't be heard or seen and, when you come in on a personal level, you change into this loving, giddy kind of person."

Wilder did take umbrage over comments Fury made towards former British world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, however.

Fury described Lewis as  a "jealous old man" and a "has-been", and Wilder was none too pleased.

Asked about a potential fight with Fury, Wilder said: "I think it's still going to be the biggest thing that is happening if he continues to have this belt, but even more now because I don't like something that he did.

"I didn't like what he said about Lennox Lewis, so I'm going to whoop him for Lennox."