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Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury set to be confirmed

IN ACTION: Deontay Wilder

DEONTAY WILDER plans to be in London on Monday to confirm his proposed world heavyweight title clash with Tyson Fury, Evening Standard reports.

The fight will reportedly take place in Las Vegas in November - provided Fury wins his second comeback contest against Francesco Pianeta in Belfast tomorrow (Aug 18).

Wilder and his manager Shelly Finkel will be ringside at Windsor Park and are set to be at the BT Tower in the capital after the weekend for an official announcement of their date with Fury.

Fury has had only one fight since his return from a two-and-half year lay-off, when he was forced to relinquish his world titles while he battled with weight and drug problems.

Despite a tumultuous two years, Fury insists he will claim Wilder’s belt and then hopes to challenge Joshua for his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO titles, possibly at Wembley next April.

The controversial boxer said: “It’s very easy to win all the belts back. I’ve only got to beat two bums, basically. Wilder and Joshua and that’s it. It shouldn’t be too hard for a great boxer like myself.

“But there is a target on my back. Pianeta is just one win away from being back right there among the best. Everybody brings their A game when they face me. They know it’s a lottery win if they can beat me.

“So I’m not underestimating Francesco. I know he’s a very big, strong fellow and he knows if he wins then he can go on to fight Wilder. It’s all to play for. I sparred with him in Germany when his record was 26 and 0.

“He was tough, strong and a very good opponent. It was before he went on to fight [Wladimir] Klitschko and [Ruslan] Chagaev for world titles but I was impressed back then. But I’ve made all the right sacrifices and I’m ready to put on a good show and win the fight.”

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