WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder claims he will fight Tyson Fury and revealed that the two are close to agreeing to terms
It has been reported that Wilder and Fury are in open talks this week over their clash in December. Fury insisted that he will face the knockout artist, unlike Anthony Joshua.
Joshua called a halt to talks with Wilder earlier this summer after the WBA shut down the showdown as both fighters could not come to a mutual agreement.
Wilder was enraged by Joshua’s decision, but now has his eyes set on former unified heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.
‘I believe 100 percent that this fight is going to happen and it’s going to get done,’ Wilder told RingTV.
‘We’re very, very close. Very, very close. Closer than Joshua and I could ever get in a lifetime.
‘It’s definitely gonna happen, there’s no doubt. There’s just a little more work to be done.’
He added: ‘This is going to be better than Joshua when it all boils down to it, and we know Tyson Fury, in many eyes, is still the champ, he hasn’t been defeated.
‘He’s still undefeated. He’s still the lineal champion. Once I knock him off, I become that man who beat the man.’
Fury has only returned from a two-year-plus absence from the ring, beating Sefer Seferi in June in Manchester.
The Brit is scheduled to continue his comeback against Francesco Pianeta in Belfast on August 18.
Joshua wants Wilder to fight him at Wembley on April 13, but the American has insisted he will only accept a 50/50 purse split.
Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn and Joshua are unlikely to ever agree to that, while Fury believes his clash with Wilder is ’99 percent done’.
He said: ‘I can confirm that I and Deontay Wilder are in negotiations. [It is] very close to being done.
‘I can reveal that negotiations have been very strong for December. We are almost done with this deal.
‘But I won’t be looking over Francesco Pianeta. He is going to give me the right fight and the right work to prepare me for Wilder.’