Deontay Wilder says he “predicted” Vladimir Klitschko’s defeat to Tyson Fury and believes he is good enough to take all the belts off the new champion.
Fury, who traded blows with Wilder on social media after becoming the WBA Super, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion, has said he is unlikely to face the American and will instead concentrate on a rematch with Klitschko.
Wilder is the current WBC heavyweight champion and told Fury via social media that he is ready to fight the Englishman “whenever”.
The 30-year-old admits he was not surprised with Fury’s success in Dusseldorf but wasn’t impressed by the performance of the veteran Ukrainian.
Wilder told Sky Sports: "I was not surprised I actually predicted it. I said if he took the fight seriously he would have a great percentage chance of winning. Klitschko is getting older and he was used to fighting smaller fighters and he got out of his comfort zone, and the teaching of Emanuel Steward and he got into a new style of clinching and holding and he wasn't used to it.
"But he was fighting two men in there that night; he was not only fighting Fury he was fighting the man with the cane and the glasses, the one who looks around at your career and when the time comes he comes – and that's Father Time. You could see he was trying to get off punches but his mind was saying one thing and his body was saying something else. I think Father Time is knocking at his door."
Vyacheslav "Czar" Glazkov has decided to pass up on the opportunity to face Wilder on January 16 in favour of a mandatory IBF title showdown against Fury.
Wilder, nicknamed the ‘The Bronze Bomber’ after winning a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics, has sympathy for Fury as the move could potentially see Fury stripped of his IBF belt.
He said: "They are not giving Fury enough time to prepare. The man has just won the belts man, I feel they should give him a chance to enjoy it but they are rushing him and I don't think that is fair to him.
"At the end of the day I will unify the division and bring all the belts back to America. Now all the mandatory's want to fight Fury rather than come to me. I want to be the part and look the part. When it is time for me to come and collect, they are coming back to America I promise you that."