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Wilder volunteers to replace Fury in Parker title fight

With Hughie Fury out of his the title fight with Joseph Parker, Deontay Wilder says he would like to fill in.

Deontay Wilder v Gerald Washington Photo by David A. Smith/Getty Images
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

WBO heavyweight titlist Joseph Parker is currently on the hunt for a replacement opponent after Hughie Fury pulled out of their scheduled May 6 title fight citing injury. Now WBC titlist Deontay Wilder is offering a solution Parker — for them to unify titles with one another in July as reported by RingTV.

“Parker ain’t got no opponent right now. I’m fresh. I’m ready and what would be better for me and Parker fighting for the unification and then after that you have another unification (with the winner of Joshua-Klitschko), winner takes all at the end of the year. And then in 2018 you start out fresh. It’s exciting right now, the heavyweight division.”

Wilder continues by saying that his team has been working behind the scenes to see if a possible summer showdown with Parker is feasible.

“My people have been on it day and night. I think it’s going to be up to Parker’s side to agree to doing the fight. We can renegotiate and make this fight even bigger. It can be way bigger than this Fury fight.”

In this suggestion Wilder hopes that he can get out of a mandatory title defense against Bermane Stiverne, the man he won the title from in early 2015. Wilder says he has absolutely no interest in rematching Stiverne and that fight should only be made if someone wants to see Stiverne literally killed inside the ring.

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