Deontay Wilder has revealed Tyson Fury contacted him personally to arrange their heavyweight fight.
The pair meet in Los Angeles on December 1 when Wilder’s WBC title will be on the line.
And Wilder revealed Fury stepped up when negotiations with fellow world champion Anthony Joshua broke down.
"It was amazing how this fight came about," he told Showtime . "He contacted me about it and I said s*** let’s do it.
He said. ‘I promise you something, the other guy [ Joshua ] was a coward but I’m going to step up and defend my country; let’s make this fight happen’."
Wilder has won all 40 of his fights, knocking out 39 of his opponents, and believes this fight will catapult him to a new level of stardom.
"Throughout my whole career, guys always said I only had one hand," he added. "But when you get in the ring, it’s going to be different. The game plan is going to go out the window, like Mike Tyson said.
"This is the moment in time for America to wake up and understand they have the baddest man on the planet right here.
"And you think I’m going to let this Gypsy come in here and mess up all those plans for me? I don’t think so."
Fury has fought just twice since returning to the sport following a near three-year lay-off.
The former unified world champion retired after beating Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 as he struggled to cope with life at the top of the sport.
His two comeback fights – against Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta – were one-sided affairs but he jumped at the chance to take on Wilder.
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