Frank Warren COOLS HYSTERIA, plans to TARGET Deontay Wilder AFTER Tyson Fury’s Aug 18 fight

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Frank Warren cooled the hysteria surrounding Tyson Fury facing Deontay Wilder on Tuesday by stating his plan was to ramp up talks with the American after August 18.

A social media post from Fury stating ‘a deal was almost done’ seemed a little hasty from the ex-unified king and Warren put that into perspective in his latest column.

“Tyson has got a job to do first though and he is next back in business in Belfast on August 18 with Francesco Pianeta in the opposite corner at Windsor Park in support of Carl Frampton against Luke Jackson and Paddy Barnes’ world title bid against Cristofer Rosales for the WBC flyweight belt,” explained Warren.

“He needs to come through this fight against Pianeta and then Wilder is the direction we’ll be going in. They are the fights we are going to make, no messing around, straight into them.

“Hopefully, he comes through looking good in Belfast, then the logical first target is Wilder, who himself is craving a big occasion after negotiations to face Joshua ultimately came to nothing.

“To my mind, if anyone deserves to be fighting Wilder for his WBC world title it is Tyson. The likes of Whyte and Chisora have done okay, but it is the lineal champion who should be in there.

“I know jumping straight in with one of the world champions represents a departure from the original train of thought, but that is the mindset at the moment, so we will see. If he does what we hope he will do in his next fight then this is where we are at.

“We’ve invited Wilder over to Belfast for the fight and we are awaiting a response,” he added.

Wilder is currently in limbo having seen attempts to fight Anthony Joshua thwarted and has since been linked to a rematch with Luis Ortiz or a mandatory fight with Dominic Breazeale.

Read Frank’s full column on Tyson Fury here