MARVIN Hagler has mocked Tyson Fury's claim that he is ready to turn his world heavyweight title clash with Deontay Wilder on Saturday night into a repeat of one of boxing's greatest fights.

Hagler's famous three-round war with Tommy Hearns in Las Vegas 35 years ago remains the benchmark against which all subsequent world title showdowns have been judged.

The 65-year-old American laughed off Fury's invitation to Wilder to "make it a Marvin Hagler versus Tommy Hearns type of fight - I'll meet you in the middle of the ring".

Speaking at the Laureus Sports Awards in Berlin, Hagler said: "He can try it, but there is not a chance of that happening.

"Ever since I retired and even today, everybody still talks about that bout like it was yesterday, but it is more than 30 years ago.

"The boxing world has changed a lot - there are a lot of young fighters around today and it is very nice that they recognise that I am still around."

Hagler insisted predicting the outcome of Fury's rematch with Wilder is futile given the unpredictable nature of the former Styal Primary School pupil's character.

"It's going to be a strange type of fight because Wilder has got a good right hand and is a little awkward, but with Tyson Fury you can't figure out where he's coming from," he said.

"He wants to be a showman and he wants to be a champion, and you never know who is going to get into the ring."