WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has sparked off a rivalry with WWE’s Drew McIntryre.
Fury fought in the WWE for the first and — so far — only time in October 2019 when he participated in an event in Saudi Arabia against Braun Strowman.
The Manchester fighter is set for a third bout against Deontay Wilder in December and could fight Anthony Joshua in 2021 for a unification bout. However, he has not forgotten his wrestling experience.
Scottish wrestler McIntrye and Fury would create an event that could be easily sold in the United Kingdom, and Fury said: "Been sitting on the train on my own after a long, busy weekend and I'm thinking about the people that I want to punch in the face.
“The first one that springs to mind is a big fella called Drew McIntyre. Now Drew, you've been having quite a bit to say about me lately. I'd love to punch your face in, honestly.”
Fury continued: "So grow a pair, step up to the plate, like I say to your mate AJ, and come and fight the master. Me. This is an official challenge video to Drew McIntyre, the WWE heavyweight champion.
“I already knocked your pal out, Braun Strowman, I'll do the same to you. Bring it."
Responding on Twitter, McIntyre said: "I'm not one of the normal bums you pick to fight, I'm not some punching bag getting paid to turn up and lose. Nice timing by the way, even with a fractured jaw I'm pretty confident I could do 12 rounds with your pillow fists. Nice try, 'King.' - Your @WWE Champion"
I'm not one of the normal bums you pick to fight, I'm not some punching bag getting paid to turn up and lose. Nice timing by the way, even with a fractured jaw I'm pretty confident I could do 12 rounds with your pillow fists. Nice try, ‘King.’ - Your @WWE Champion https://t.co/iWjPEzKJaV— Drew McIntyre (@DMcIntyreWWE) August 31, 2020
Despite his speculation over the WWE, Fury suggested an early fight against Joshua if the match-up with Wilder falls through.
"If Wilder doesn't happen lets do Joshua in December — why not?," Fury said.
"It’s a boxing match, lets get it on. I'm ready to go now. I could fight him in that ring tonight, it doesn't really matter. I'd still kick his ass anytime of the day."