Deontay Wilder revealed he cannot wait to fight Tyson Fury, provided the British heavyweight can dispatch Francesco Pianeta in Belfast.
The undefeated former world champion faces the Italian at Windsor Park in his second comeback since his extended hiatus from the sport.
Weighing in at a trim 18st 6lbs, the ‘Gypsy King’ then came face to face with Wilder as their war of words escalated into a scuffle.
Provided Fury can overcome the challenge posed to him by Pianeta, a two-time world title challenger, a clash with Wilder before the end of 2018 is reportedly set to take place.
But the WBC champion is more interested to see what Fury can do up close and personal first and foremost.
“I’m looking very forward to seeing Tyson fight, to see what he’s going to do,” the Bronze Bomber revealed.
“He better take this guy very seriously, you know. I know there’s a big fight coming up between him and I, but this is the first step. This is a very important step for him, he must execute and complete the task and get the job done.
“If not, then it all goes in vain! At the same time, we’re here; we’re going to enjoy ourselves.”
After dethroning Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, Fury spiralled out of control as drugs, drink and personal problems threatened to overcome the 30-year-old.
However, with the help of friends and family, he has shed nearly 10 stone in weight and stopped a plucky Sefer Seferi back in June.
Critics have suggested a clash with the heavy-hitting Wilder is a bridge too far for Fury, but the 32-year-old believes he knows exactly what he is doing.
When asked if Fury was brave or foolish, the WBC Champion replied: “I mean he’s both, but he’s smart as well – he’s brave, he’s foolish and he’s smart as well.
“This is what it’s all about; when the best want to fight the best, the best will fight.
“Me and Fury, it didn’t take long for us – just a phone call between me and him.
“He said he wanted to fight, I said ‘you know what, it’s about that time.’ We’ve been bigging this up for many years now and now it’s here and we made the deal then. I got with my people, he got with his people and they brought it together and here we are now.
“When two fighters want to fight, the fight will happen – it’s plain and simple.
“When guys don’t want to fight, it’s going to be prolonged, there’s going to be things that mess it up. But I’m glad he stepped up to the opportunity, I mean it’s a big opportunity, winner takes all right here.
“This is to be ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’, the best in the world – better than Anthony Joshua.”
Negotiations between the camps for Joshua and Wilder reportedly came unstuck on several issues, with the WBO, IBO, WBA and IBF champion opting to fight mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin on September 22, live on talkSPORT.
And with no chance of a clash on the horizon, Wilder is more than happy to face the undefeated Lineal champion.
“Anthony didn’t want to step up, Tyson Fury did,” he added.
“Tyson Fury is still Lineal champion, he is still unified champion. Belts are just like having a car; Joshua may be driving the car, but he don’t own the title!”
While both men had to be pulled apart after Fury’s impressive weigh-in results, it was clear what their intentions were – to knock each other out.
There is clearly a mutual respect between both fighters under the apparent pleasantries.
And the outspoken American cannot wait to throw hands with the elusive Fury.
“That’s what he is supposed to think, that’s the bravery, that’s the heart that he possesses.
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“That’s why I love Tyson Fury, I love to be able to be here and promote it. And when the fight time comes, we going to have a great show and everybody knows what Deontay Wilder possesses and what he brings so I’m not going to show nothing less.”
And with little over 24 hours left until the Manchester-native goes to work, Wilder had a very clear and simple message for him.
He said down the camera: “Tyson I’m here baby, I can’t wait to see you Big Momma!”