Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury engage in row surrounded by fans


Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury are certainly ramping up the verbal sparring as the pair drum up support for a massive heavyweight clash at the end of 2018.

Wilder hit Belfast on Friday for weigh-in proceedings between Fury and forthcoming opponent Francesco Pianeta on Saturday night and exchanged barbs with Tyson’s father John before the former champion himself.

Captured via video from WBA super-middleweight champion Rocky Fielding’s phone, Wilder and Fury went at it surrounded by a sea of fans in what seems to be just the beginning of the build-up to a Pay-Per-View clash in the US by the end of the year.

WBC title holder Wilder is set to put his belt on the line in Las Vegas against Fury, who is just one fight into his comeback from a lengthy ring absence.

Speaking prior to his must-win bout with Pianeta, Fury knows the importance of victory at Windsor Park.

“If I come through this, then Wilder has a chance to fight me for the lineal championship. I’m not the one who gets the chance to fight him,” said Fury.

“Let’s face it, he hasn’t really fought anybody. He has 40 fights and it is what it is. We’re not here to talk about Wilder at all. It may as well be a million years in the future, I’ve got to concentrate on this man in front of me. I’m sure he wants to take my glory away from me.

“I do want to win a world title again so I have to raise my game. I’ve been out of the ring for three years nearly. It’s an uphill battle to lose the weight I’ve lost. It’s been challenging and a long, hard battle to get back to where I am.

“To be a two-time heavyweight champion is all right. It’s not great because there’s been plenty. To be a three-time heavyweight champion, it’s been done before. So I think I want to set a precedent of being a five-time heavyweight champion without losing a fight. That’s my goal. I always aim for the stars and set big targets.

“If I can beat Francesco Pianeta on Saturday night, I’ve beaten another boxer. Big deal. But if he beats me, he’s going on to something very big. It would be life-changing for him. It I can’t beat Francesco, then I’m going nowhere.”

On regaining his place as the best heavyweight on the planet, Fury added: “I think I’m the greatest heavyweight that’s ever been born, so I should handle Francesco Pianeta. And whoever else is out there, Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua, all the bums out there.

“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. They both haven’t got a brain cell between them so it shouldn’t be too hard for a great boxer like myself.”