Lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has revealed that he and his team are in advanced negotiations for a stunning heavyweight showdown with WBC World heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.
In a video posted on his official Twitter page, the former WBA/WBO/IBF king stated that talks were underway and that a deal could be concluded for a bout before the end of the year.
“I can confirm that me and Deontay Wilder are in negotiations, very close to being done.” said Fury.
“Negotiations are very strong for December. We’re almost done for this deal.”
Fury, who made his long-awaited return to action against Albanian Sefer Seferi in June, makes his next appearance on the undercard of Carl Frampton’s Windsor Park homecoming on August 18th: and insisted that he will not be taking his eye off the ball as he prepares to face Italian former World title challenger Francesco Pianeta.
— DON TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) July 30, 2018
“I won’t be overlooking Francesco Pianeta.” Fury continued.
“He’s going to give me the right fight and the right work to prepare me for Deontay Wilder. I’ll flatten him first and then Wilder, let’s dance.”
After publicly condemning British rival Anthony Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn for their failure to secure a deal to face Wilder, Fury would once again pour scorn on the current WBA/WBO/IBF champion and his team – before warning Wilder that he was “a man of his word” and would “knock him into next week”.
“You’ve been dealing with Eddie Hearn and Joshua but I’m a man of my word.”
“If I say I’ll fight you, I’ll fight you. Prepare well, train hard, let’s get the deal done. I’ll knock Pianeta into next week, I’ll knock you spark out too.” he finished.
Frank Warren, Fury’s promoter, first spoke of the potential clash between Fury and Wilder earlier this month in an exclusive interview with Boxing Social. With Fury now openly speaking about a possible clash with Wilder, it remains to be seen whether negotiations can be concluded.