Wilder: Fury on 2015 hitlist

The 29-year-old Alabama man will attempt to end America???s wait for their next heavyweight champion when he faces Stiverne in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Victory over the Haitian would make Wilder one of the hottest properties in boxing and a unification clash with Wladimir Klitschko is top of his agenda.

But ???The Bronze Bomber??? could be forced to wait for the Ukrainian, who has collected the WBA, IBF and WBO titles while dominating the division.

Bryant Jennings, another American, is expected to challenge Klitschko in April and Wilder would turn his attention to Fury as his next possible opponent.

He told Sports: ???If that fight does take place – in my perfect world – I would love to have a title defence against Tyson Fury, maybe in the UK, over there at the end of the year, then a unification bout against Klitschko.

???That would be a hell of a year.???

Fury has already secured a shot at Klitschko???s WBO title after his recent rematch win over Dereck Chisora and will warm-up with a fight against Christian Hammer in February.

Heated exchanges on social media have stoked up the rivalry between Wilder and Fury, but the former US Olympian refused to write off the Mancunian???s chances of dethroning Klitschko.

???It will definitely be a mind-thinking game, whoever can punish the other,??? he said. ???I can???t say whether Klitschko will beat him or whether he will beat Klitschko.

???Klitschko doesn???t often fight too many tall fighters and – being in there with a tall fighter before in sparring – there???s always that battle between each other.

???We???ve already seen Tyson on the ground a couple of times with the small heavyweights. That???s my only concern. If he gets hit by Wladimir, what will happen? Will he get up????

The unbeaten Wilder has halted all of his 32 opponents and would relish the chance to test out Fury???s punch resistance.

Asked whether Fury could withstand him, he replied: ???That would depend on how much heart or willing he had.

???I pack a great punch and we???ll have to find out. If everything goes to plan then we???ll see.???

Wilder sparred with David Haye before injuries forced him to cancel a clash with Fury and rumours of the Londoner???s comeback have quietened down in recent months.

His return to the ring would be welcomed by Wilder, who is keen to battle another big name, but is unsure whether the 33-year-old Haye can still compete at the top level.

???That???s going to be up to David. That???s going to be how his body reacts,??? said Wilder. ???He only knows his own body himself. He knows how he feels with the injuries.

???If he does come back and cause some noise as a heavyweight, then that???s one more guy to entertain the division and bring it back.

“He???s accomplished a lot by coming in the heavyweight division. He doesn???t have too much to prove anymore.

???If he don???t come back, he can pat himself on the back and he???s done a great job. If he does come back, then welcome back and let???s go, baby.???

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