The heavyweight super-fight is said to be very close to a done deal
Tyson Fury has told talkSPORT he expects his bout with Deontay Wilder to be finalised after he deals with Francesco Pianeta
The self-proclaimed ‘Gypsy King’ is set for his second comeback appearance in Belfast on August 18 and believes that, after this, he will be ready to challenge for world titles once again.
“If I’m as good as I think I am… If I’m this great heavyweight as I keep saying, then I only need two fights to come back,” Fury told talkSPORT Fight Night.
“Whether I’m ready or not, I’m doing this to put British boxing- To take the shame away from it.
“Because we’ve got one idiot [Anthony Joshua] chiselled out of stone, who’s afraid of his own shadow, who wouldn’t take the fight with Wilder and has made British boxing a laughing stock.”
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It emerged two weeks ago that Tyson Fury’s promoter Frank Warren was in serious negotiations regarding a potential fight with WBC champion Deontay Wilder.
With the fight understood to be verging on a done deal, Fury has now revealed when he expects it will be finalised.
“As soon as I beat Pianeta,” the 29-year-old responded when quizzed about the potential super fight.
He then added: “If I can’t beat Pianeta, I may as well bend over and let him call me his *****.
“That’s how easy it’s gonna be. I’m gonna smash Pianeta’s face in and then I’m gonna make a statement to Wilder.
“And, if he’s ringside, I’m sure he’ll have something to say on the night and I’m sure we can sort it out live in front of the nation.
“It’s gonna happen this year, I’m a man of my word. If this fight doesn’t happen this year, it’s not because of me.”
Fury concluded by reflecting on the ease at which he claims to have been able to negotiate an agreement with Deontay Wilder’s team.
This comes in stark contrast to the complex, drawn-out negotiations between Wilder’s camp and that of Anthony Joshua, led by promoter Eddie Hearn.
“They say all this about business and how hard it is to make fights with these people, but I’ve made a fight with Wilder in two minutes,” the former unified champion declared.
“Eddie can get on his thing, and he thinks he’s the world heavyweight champion, that idiot. When you’re not a little ***** like Eddie Hearn, then you can get things done.
“But when you want everything your own way and you’re screaming and you’re a little diva, then things are hard to make.”
The full Tyson Fury interview can be listened to here as part of talkSPORT Fight Night from 9pm – 12am, Saturday August 11