Former lineal heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis has sent Deontay Wilder a stern warning regarding a possible contest with Tyson Fury.

Holding the WBC belt, Wilder is the final obstacle in Anthony Joshua’s way to becoming undisputed champion of the world. Despite efforts to get the pair in the ring later this year, friction in the negotiating process led to Joshua being forced into a mandatory WBA title defence against Alexander Povetkin of Russia.

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With Wilder now looking for another contest to tide him over to 2019, a familiar face volunteered his services.

Tyson Fury is only one fight into his professional boxing comeback (after the best part of three years outside the ring), but that hasn’t stopped the self-styled ‘Gypsy King’ from offering himself to Wilder.

It’s not a contest the Alabaman should take lightly however, according to Lewis.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Lewis said:

While you might think it better for him to have another couple of fights first, Wilder would not find this easy. Fury’s height (6ft 9in), long reach. mobility and style make him very difficult to beat. Wladimir Klitschko discovered that.

And the better the opponent, the better Tyson is going to look. Definitely. That’s why I call him the Boogy Man. He can be a nightmare for anyone,

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A June fight with Sefer Seferi of Albania did little to convince anyone Fury was back to his old ways, and the Manchester-native’s August 18 bout with Francesca Pianeta will be watched keenly by boxing fans and pundits alike to see if the 29-year-old can return to the form that secured past glories.

Wilder is expected to be ringside for the contest, which will take place at Windsor Park on the undercard of Carl Frampton’s fight with Luke Jackson.