Tyson Fury: Deontay Wilder deal almost done, says former world champion

Fury stopped Seferi in the fourth round during his return to the ring after a 32-month absence

British former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury says a deal to fight Deontay Wilder is “almost done”.

Fury made his return to boxing after a 32-month absence with an easy victory over Sefer Seferi last month.

The 29-year-old is set to fight Italian Francesco Pianeta on 18 August and said a bout with America’s WBC title holder Wilder could follow in December.

“I’ll flatten him first and then Wilder, let’s dance,” said Fury in a post on social media.

Fury stunned Wladimir Klitschko to land the WBA, IBF and WBO world titles in 2015 before being suspended in 2016 amid “anti-doping and medical issues” and accepting a backdated two-year ban.

He says he will not be complacent about the Pianeta bout, and views him as the ideal opponent to use as preparation for a fight with Wilder.

“I am a man of my word, and if I say I’ll fight, I will fight you,” he added.

“Negotiations are very strong and we’re almost done with this deal.”

Fury’s promoter Frank Warren told the BBC: “We are close to making this happen. Is it too soon? The next fight will give us the answer. The way Tyson is looking in the gym, he’s lost another couple of stone, he’s very focused.”

He said the fight could take place in either November or December adding: “Tyson doesn’t care where it happens. He’ll fly to the States if needed.

“If I didn’t think he was ready I wouldn’t put him forward. If he comes through the Pianeta fight in August, I expect him to fight Wilder before the end of the year. He wants it.

“He feels good about everything. He’s in a good place at the moment both physically and mentally.”