Fury says Wilder will try to avoid re­match ‘at all costs’

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Tyson Fury said yes­ter­day WBC heavy­weight cham­pion Deon­tay Wilder will try to avoid a re­match with him “at all costs” af­ter their epic draw in Los An­ge­les.

Wilder re­tained his belt on Satur­day af­ter a thrilling 12-round battle ended in a split de­ci­sion draw at the Sta­ples Cen­ter.

The re­sult means the Amer­i­can is still in a po­si­tion to achieve his dream of unifying the heavy­weight di­vi­sion against Fury’s fel­low Bri­ton An­thony Joshua, who holds the WBA, IBF and WBO ver­sions of the ti­tle.

Af­ter the bout, Wilder said he would pre­fer to tar­get Joshua’s ti­tles in a bid to unify the di­vi­sion but would be sat­is­fied with ei­ther a re­match against Fury or a chance to take on Joshua. But Fury said that Wilder could try to avoid him.

“I’ve got a funny feel­ing he’s go­ing to get his run­ning shoes out and stay away from me at all costs,” he told Bri­tain’s ITV net­work.

“I’m only get­ting bet­ter, and bet­ter and bet­ter. I can beat them all but they need to fight me. We need to give Bri­tain the biggest fight in Bri­tish box­ing his­tory and that’s me and Joshua.

“Let’s make it hap­pen. The coun­try wants it, I want it, ev­ery­body wants it. The only peo­ple who don’t seem to want it is their team,” he added.

Wilder’s trainer Jay Deas told BBC ra­dio he would want Wilder to take on Fury again be­fore a po­ten­tial fight with Joshua.

“If it’s some­thing that peo­ple would like to see again we would ab­so­lutely love to do it. Both guys put on a tremen­dous fight,” Deas said.

“If it was up to me – and only me – I would like to do the Fury fight first be­cause I think there is un­fin­ished busi­ness.

“If the money makes sense in the UK I would love to do it there. Deon­tay has never had a prob­lem with trav­el­ling. That’s not the is­sue at all.”

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