Michael Hunter wants Dillian Whyte fight after Mike Wilson bout

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Michael Hunter wants Dillian Whyte to step up and face him in the ring.

American heavyweight Hunter, 33, will fight Mike Wilson on Tuesday night before looking to fight in Britain in pursuit of a title fight.

Whyte is the WBC interim champion and Hunter wants to take him on in future.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he was asked if he wanted to fight the 33-year-old Britain, and replied: "Absolutely. I don't know if it will happen. He's one of the guys who has the excuse: 'Who is Michael Hunter?'.

“They act like they don't know who I am.

"I was fighting before they'd ever put on a pair of gloves.

"[I would fight Whyte] or even an up-and-coming guy. I might need to step down to get some action”

Hunter has a mixed track record but it is one that hints at real talent. He has beaten both Martin Bakole and Sergey Kuzmin, and drawn with Alexander Povetkin. He has only suffered one defeat, to Oleksandr Usyk at cruiserweight. He also withdrew from an IBF final eliminator to become mandatory challenger to Anthony Joshua, something he now regrets.

Hunter admitted: "It was a big learning lesson. I am in the business of boxing and I was able to see tactics, and moves, to not make fights happen.

"I am the one who pressed for the IBF mandatory. It didn't matter who or when.

"I am getting my name out - this is one of the stigmas that other fighters try to nitpick. I will check that box.

"The heavyweight division is a moving picture. It is difficult to say when fights will happen. We knew the forecast.

"Hopefully we can press these guys to getting me in the ring with them."

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