Frank Warren spoke to TalkSport this morning regarding the future of Tyson Fury. According to Warren, the former undisputed champion is in talks to face WBC titilist, Deontay Wilder.
Fury is next out on August 18th, the Frampton vs Jackson card. The Fury camp are looking for an impressive performance against Francesco Pianeta with a clash against Wilder in the pipeline for November or December.
‘The Bronze Bomber’ does not currently have a fight booked. Wilder and Anthony Joshua’s camps were both eager to make the unification clash happen but negotiations hit a roadblock.
The WBA became impatient and ordered Joshua to reach an agreement with mandatory challenger, Alexander Povetkin. Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn sent Wilder a two fight contract with the promise that the unification can still happen.
One fight in September would be against anyone of his choosing, the other would be the monumental clash with Joshua on April 13th. Joshua is locked-in to that date regardless of his opponent. However, Wilder has not signed the contract so he is free to negotiate this bout.
The obvious criticism of this fight is that Fury is rushing back into the championship fold too early. With that said, Pianeta is a far more worthy opponent than Sefer Seferi. Fury is one of the best heavyweights in the world when he is in peak condition but is winter 2018 too early to face a monster puncher like Wilder?
On the other hand, nobody wants to see Wilder continue to face unknowns. At worst, Wilder vs Fury is a dangerous mismatch, at best it is an interesting precursor to a 2019 title unification.