Deontay Wilder has confirmed that he plans to face Tyson Fury in a world heavyweight title fight before the end of the year. The 32-year-old American, who currently holds the WBC belt, is in Belfast as a TV analyst with American broadcaster Showtime’s commentary team ahead of Fury’s bout against Italian Francesco Pianeta at Windsor Park on Saturday night.
‘The Gypsy King’ is expected to brush aside his opponent in what is his second fight after returning to the ring from a near three-year absence, as he looks to secure another world title fight.
Fury had won the WBA, WBO and IBF versions of the world heavyweight title when defeating Wladimir Klitshcko in Germany in November 2015, but relinquished them having taken a break from the sport.
There has been speculation that Fury and Wilder would go head-to-head at some point and the latter has now opened the door to a bout in the United States at the end of 2018.
Wilder said: “As soon as he gets this guy out of the way, it’s done. That’s how simple it is.”
He added: “Fury has to do what he needs to tomorrow so that when we come to fight, that’s how much excitement and aggression there will be.”
When asked when a future fight would take place, Wilder’s manager Shelly Finkel said it will be in “November or December in New York or Las Vegas”.