Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Tyson Fury in talks to fight WBC champion Deontay Wilder

Tyson Fury in talks to fight WBC champion Deontay Wilder

Should he win that fight, a world title showdown with the WBC heavyweight champion could soon follow.

The native of England, who has shed almost 120 pounds over the past year, returned in June to stop journeyman Sefer Seferi and is scheduled to face the lightly-regarded Pianetta, a former title challenger, on August 18 in Belfast.

If former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and promoter Frank Warren are telling the truth, negotiations have begun for a December bout with WBC titleholder Deontay Wilder that would go a long way in easing the pain for fans of Wilder's negotiations with unified champion Anthony Joshua falling apart.

In a video on social media, Fury vowed to "flatten" Pianeta first before stepping into the ring with the "Bronze Bomber" Wilder. [It is] very close to being done.

"I can reveal negotiations are going very strong for December".

"We're nearly done with this deal".

Joshua will defend his IBF, WBA "super" and WBO titles against Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium on September 22, live on Sky Sports Box Office, and will return to Wembley on April 13, 2019.

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Joshua said: "I'll say to all of them, Fury too, if you think you can beat me, if I wasn't in the power position, I'd take less for fights". I'm going to knock Francesco Pianeta into next week and then I'm going to knock you spark out, too'.

I'm pretty confident we can make it happen.

"I'll fight you in your backyard". The way Tyson is looking in the gym, he's lost another couple of stone.

He said Fury was prepared for a fight outside the UK. He'll fly to the States if needed.

"If Tyson Fury lived the life, if he was a clean eater, if he wasn't doing all the other things he's been doing in his life I could give him a shot at mixing with the best". 'The deal to fight Wilder is still on the table, if it was written off I'd be very annoyed. He wants it. He feels good about everything.

After Saturday night's impressive victories for both Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora, it had been suggested that the British heavyweights would make sense as potential options for Fury but "The Gypsy King" has set himself a greater target.

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