Tyson Fury told the BBC on Monday a deal to fight WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is “almost done.”
Jay Deas, Wilder’s manager, confirmed Tuesday to AL.com the Tuscaloosa native’s camp is in discussions.
“The only thing I can really say is that we’re in talks,” he said. “Whenever you talk about a fight – a major, major type of a fight – you have a dozen or so major issues, and then you have about a hundred minor issues.”
Fury, 29, is scheduled to fight Italian Francesco Pianeta on Aug. 18 but said a Wilder match could follow in December.
“I have no idea when it would be, but I do know that Fury is fighting Aug. 18 and you never know how you are going to come out of a fight,” Deas said. “Are you going to be cut? Are your hands going to be beat up? There’s really no telling, but definitely as long as we are talking 2018, we’re interested.
“We want the fight. Deontay definitely wants the biggest fight. Fury has said he wants the fight. I think he feels the weight of the UK on his shoulders because of the whole Anthony Joshua-Wilder fiasco, so I think he feels that someone from the UK has step up and say ‘I’m a man of my word. I want to represent the UK and I’ll do whatever it takes to make the fight.'”
Fury has taken to social media to let it be known he wants Wilder.
“Wilder: Let’s dance. I’m a man of my word and if I say I fight you, I’ll fight you,” he said. “Prepare well, train hard and let’s get the deal done. I’m going to knock Pianeta into the middle of next week and then I’m going to knock you spark out too. Good luck!”
Fury beat Wladimir Klitschko for the WBA, IBF and WBO world titles in 2015 before being suspended in 2016 accepting a backdated two-year ban.
“He’s been patient,” Deas said of Wilder. “He’s a professional. He wants to fight and fight often.”
Wilder, 32, last fought March 3, when he TKO’d Luis Ortiz in the 10th round in Brooklyn. The “Bronze Bomber” is 40-0 with 39 knockouts.
Source: Mark Heim