A much-anticipated fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder has been announced after Fury’s victory over Francesco Pianeta at Windsor Park last Saturday. The Italian provided little challenge to Fury, who coasted to a decision win after ten rounds of action, his second successive victory since his 2018 comeback.
It was a clinical performance from Fury, who showed a lot more control and focus compared to his previous bout against Sefer Seferi two months ago. While the finish was lacking, Fury found his rhythm early and never looked in serious trouble, comfortably taking a points victory over the game Italian.
The raucous crowd at Windsor Park were treated to a massive surprise post-fight, where Fury and current WBC heavyweight champion Wilder took to the ring to announce their upcoming fight, which is slated for late 2018.
Wilder was ringside for the fight, working alongside American broadcaster Showtime, entering the ring not long after Fury had his hand raised.
There had been rumours that a fight between the two towering heavyweights was in the works, especially since Wilder was left without a fight after Anthony Joshua opted to take on Russian Alexander Povetkin at Wembley on 22nd September.
Once both men where in the ring Fury took the microphone to address the crowd.
“We are two men that will fight anybody. Wilder has been trying to make a big fight with the other chump.” The chump in question was, of course, the current WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight champion.
“They called, I answered. I said send me the contract, I said ‘yes’. Now he gets his chance to fight the lineal heavyweight champion of the world. Believe me, I will go to Las Vegas and I will bring home the belt. I will knock this man out.”
Wilder would then respond to questions about the date for the fight, which has yet to be confirmed, saying
“We are ready now. The best fighting the best is what the world wants to see, and they will get it. I will knock you out Tyson Fury in devastating fashion.”
The two continued a back and forth, with both men claiming they plan to knock their opponent out, despite each one downplaying such an outcome.
With the fight rumoured for November or December this year, boxing fans won’t need to wait long for one of the most exciting heavyweight title fights in recent memory.
Both Fury and Wilder are undefeated heavyweights that have their eyes set on a big-money match with Antony Joshua, with the winner of the upcoming fight likely to take on AJ, possibly at Wembley in 2019.
The fight between Wilder and Fury is excepted to take place in Las Vegas, with Fury’s promoter Frank Warren stating that “All of the terms are agreed,” and they are “working on a date and venue”.
No matter when the fight happens, it’s clear that it is going to be a massive draw and have huge implications on the heavyweight title scene, which has never looked healthier.