I’ll fight Fury this year, says Wilder

Lynette Rowe
August 18, 2018

Plenty of fun and games happened earlier on at today's weigh-in when Wilder stormed Fury's weigh-in and resulted in some harmless promotion.

Tyson Fury is a 1/200 favourite to beat Pianeta on Saturday night, and victory should lead to the much-anticipated clash with Wilder later in the year.

Fury's father, John, shook hands with the American fighter before engaging in a shouting match as his son took to the scales.

Fury weighed in at 258lbs, some 18lbs lower than he was for his fight with Sefer Seferi in June.

WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder says there is "no question" he will fight Tyson Fury this year.

Pianeta weighed in at 18st 2lbs ahead of the fight, which is on the same bill as Carl Frampton's bout with Australia's Luke Jackson, who fight for the former's interim WBO featherweight title.

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"Joshua's old news, the new kid in town is Fury". I'm here, baby. I just left the Fury weigh-ins and oh my god, was it insane!

But Wilder confirmed to BBC Sport that, 'Fury has to win tomorrow night and look good, ' but also that, 'the fight definitely will happen'. It is likely, however, that Wilder wasn't familiar with the venue, as he shouted his "Bomb Squad" catchphrase repeatedly.

Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) had only landed in Belfast that afternoon but went straight to Fury's weigh-in at the Europa Hotel.

Fury is a massive betting favourite to extend his ideal professional record to 27-0 and if he does, Wilder be sat ringside to confront his fellow undefeated heavyweight.

A Las Vegas showdown in November/December has been mentioned.

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