Tyson Fury has confirmed he is in advanced talks to fight Deontay Wilder for the WBC world heavyweight title in December.
Fury returned from a two-a-half-year hiatus in June, when he beat Sefer Seferi on the first step of his journey back to the top of the heavyweight division.
The former unified world champion faces Francesco Pianeta in Belfast next month and has revealed his team are already at the advanced stages of agreeing a deal for him to take on Wilder later this year.
‘I can confirm that me and Deontay Wilder are in negotiations,’ Fury said in a video posted on Twitter. ‘Very close to being done. Frank told you all on talkSPORT this morning. It’s out there now.
‘I can reveal that negotiations are very strong for December. We’re almost done with this deal but I won’t be looking over Francesco Pianeta, he’s going to give me the right fight and the right work to prepare me for Deontay Wilder. I’ve got to flatten him first and then Wilder, let’s dance.
‘You know you’ve been dealing with s*** houses in the past with Eddie Hearn and Anthony Joshua but I am a man of my word and if I say I’ll fight, I’ll fight you. End of.
‘Prepare well, train hard, let’s get the deal done. I’m going to knock Francesco Pianeta into next week and I’m going to knock you spark out too. Good luck.’
Wilder’s camp have held talks with Anthony Joshua’s representatives for several months over a proposed fight for the undisputed title.
However, the two camps failed to reach an agreement, Joshua signing to face WBA mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin at Wembley in September.
Eddie Hearn had been hoping to lure Wilder into a fight with his heavyweight contender, Dillian Whyte, but rival Warren made it clear on Monday that he plans to secure the lucrative showdown with Wilder for his own charge.
He told talkSPORT: ‘First of all we want to see what (Fury) looks like on the August 18. Hopefully he will come through it well, but reports from the gym are that he’s looking well.
‘Tyson, as he’s said himself, has been talking about Wilder in the last few weeks and it’s a fight I think the British fans would like to see.
He added: ‘I’m pretty confident we can make it happen. It takes two to make a deal and if you really want to make a deal you will make it happen.’
Article courtesy of the Daily Mail UK