Deontay Wilder has revealed exactly how his upcoming heavyweight clash with Tyson Fury was arranged.
The American will defend his WBC title against Fury, following the Gypsy King's 2018 comeback.
The clash, taking place on December 1 in Los Angeles, is already billed as the fight of the year, and would possibly be dwarfed only by a meeting between Wilder and world number one Anthony Joshua, which looks unlikely as negotiations between the fighters have stalled.
A Wilder-Fury clash was long suggested as the crowning moment of the Mancunian's return to the ring, after relatively-unchallenging bouts against Francesco Pianeta and Sefer Seferi.
After a series of rumours, the fight was officially announced in late September, after Fury had claimed in mid-July that negotiations were '99% done'.
Speaking to Showtime, Deontay Wilder revealed that Fury had contacted him to arrange the clash after he was unable to agree terms with Joshua.
''He contacted me and I said s*** let's do it.''
The 33-year recalled his counterpart's exact words, ''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.''
Joshua retained his world title when he beat Alexnder Povetkin six weeks ago at Wembley Stadium, and the former Olympic gold-medallist is yet to speak out on possible future opponents.
Despite missing out on a meeting with his fellow Englishman, Fury has been vocal about his desire to face up to Wilder in the ring.
The 30-year old claimed last month that Wilder's comments on knocking out Tyson Fury had motivated him to organise the clash, partly out of respect for one of the industry's greatest-ever names.
Fury also expressed anger at the American's personal attacks during his three-year break from the sport, that he has attributed to struggles with mental health problems.
Wilder has dismissed the response, revealing he is confident that he will continue his remarkable undefeated record.
He added: ''This is the moment in time for America to wake up and understand they have the baddest man on the planet right here.''