In the opening bout of SHOWTIME BOXING INTERNATIONAL from Belfast on Saturday night, lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury shut out Francesco Pianeta to line up a 2018 showdown with WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder.
After the fight, Wilder entered the ring to announce that the two undefeated heavyweights have agreed to a 2018 showdown for Wilder’s WBC title.
A date and venue for the event, which will be produced and distributed by SHOWTIME PPV, will be announced shortly.
“We’re ready now,” Wilder said during the post-fight interview. “This fight will happen. It’s on. This fight is official. This is what we’ve been waiting for, the best fighting the best.
“There’s one thing Tyson Fury has never had. He’s won a lot of belts, but he’s never had the WBC belt. If he ever even thinks about having this belt he better wake up and apologize to me because it will never happen.
“I can’t wait to fight you because I am going to knock you out. This I promise you. Every man who has ever stepped in the ring with me, I’ve knocked them out in devastating fashion.
“You’ve never been knocked out, but you’re going to feel the experience of what it’s like to be hit by the Bronze Bomber.”
Fury inadvertently stated the fight will take place in Las Vegas during the exchanges between the pair, which WBN understands is the number one target and probable destination for the clash.
BT Sports Box Office, who launch their new channel on September 15 with Gennady Golovkin v Canelo Alvarez 2, will broadcast the fight in the United Kingdom.
More details will be outlined next week before Wilder and advisor Shelly Finkel jet back off to the US.
An encore presentation of Fury v Pianeta will air in primetime tonight at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME®.