American heavyweight Deontay Wilder is set to be ringside for Tyson Fury’s fight with Francesco Pianeta at Windsor Park next week, according to Fury’s promoter Frank Warren, Belfast News Letter report.
The pair have been involved in a heated rivalry for some time, which has recently intensified on social media from the self-proclaimed ‘Gypsy King’, who has claimed a deal for a fight is close.
Fury is set to take on Italian Pianeta on the undercard of Carl Frampton’s Belfast fight with Luke Jackson, in what will be his second fight since his return to the ring.
Meanwhile, Wilder was supposed to be facing off against another Brit, Anthony Joshua at Wembley in September, however, an agreement couldn’t be reached between the two parties, with the Brit now facing mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin instead, leaving the American without an opponent.
Promoter Warren has recently revealed that the WBC champion will in fact be in Belfast to watch Fury closely ahead of their proposed clash.
Deontay’s coming over to Belfast for the fight. Tyson’s in good nick, he’s shifted another bit of weight. Get this fight out of the way and he’ll be ready to go. It’s not like he’s got lots of miles on the clock; he’s still a young man.
If Fury and Wilder do in fact meet, the winner would then presumably proceed to meet Joshua if he defeats Povetkin in what would be a hugely anticipated contest to determine the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.