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DEONTAY WILDER is in contention to fight for the WBC heavyweight title should Tyson Fury stay true to his retirement.

The Gypsy King seemingly brought the curtain down on his career after his brutal sixth-round knockout of Dillian Whyte at Wembley last month.

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Deontay Wilder hasn't fought since losing his trilogy fight with Tyson Fury last OctoberCredit: Rex
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The Gypsy King teased retirement following his victory over Dillian Whyte last monthCredit: GETTY
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And WBC chief Mauricio Sulaiman admits Wilder could soon vie for Fury's beltCredit: REUTERS

Fury has yet to confirm his retirement plans, although WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman has confirmed Wilder will likely fight for the belt should the Brit call it a day.

He told Planet Sport: "Wilder is the number one contender and you have Joe Joyce at number two, three is Joseph Parker.

"I believe [Joyce and Parker] are going to have a fight for the WBO interim championship - we've had no confirmation but we will just wait and see what happens.

"There are some variables playing around there."

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WBC chief Sulaiman won't pressure Fury to continue fighting, recently telling Sky Sports: "We are ready to support him on whatever he decides.

"If he decides to retire the WBC will fully support him."

Former WBC king Wilder, 36, hasn't fought since being brutally knocked out in his trilogy fight with Fury last October.

But Fury hopes his old rival will fight for the prestigious green belt once he vacates it, telling Behind The Gloves: "I'd like to see Deontay Wilder fight whoever for it again.

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"I don't know how that's [Wilder being No.1 in the WBC rankings] even possible. He's lost three fights in a row and still No.1-rated.

"But that's up to them. One thing, [though], Deontay made ten title defences, more than anybody else.

"He equalled Muhammad Ali's record, beat Vitali Klitschko's record, [he] doesn't get the credit he deserves.

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"And I do believe he's still the second-best heavyweight in the world, Deontay Wilder.

"I believe he knocks everybody else out but me."

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