Tyson Fury begins talks with Deontay Wilder over December fight in US

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The victor of the potential Fury versus Wilder showdown would be in line for a heavyweight title unification match with British champion Anthony Joshua - but for Fury, it's very much first things first.

The Manchester boxer returned to the ring in June for the first time since becoming world heavyweight champion back in November 2015 with a dominant victory over Sefer Seferi.

Tyson Fury has confirmed plans to fight heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder by the end of this year, after he's beaten Francesco Pianeta in August.

According to Fury, he and Wilder are in "deep" discussions and are "very close" to reaching an agreement.

'I can reveal that negotiations have been very strong for December. We're nearly done for this deal.

"We're actually trying to make the fight with Deontay Wilder", Warren told TalkSport.

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.

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Fury, who turns 30 in two weeks, has fought just once in the three years since he outpointed Wladimir Klitschko to win a trio of heavyweight titles that he vacated less than one year later due to mental health and substance abuse issues.

For boxing insider Gareth A Davies however, a 2018 date with the undefeated Wilder would be too-much too-soon for the Manchester-native. "The way Tyson is looking in the gym, he's lost another couple of stone, he's very focused". "If I didn't think he was ready I wouldn't put him forward", said Warren.

'Me and Wilder is the best fight in the division right now, not me and Povetkin, ' Joshua said.

Both his camp and Wilder's have been toing and froing over a deal for months now, with little success, something Fury has enjoying mocking.

The former unified world champion faces Francesco Pianeta in Belfast next month and has revealed his team are already at the advanced stages of agreeing a deal for him to take on Wilder later this year. He wants it. He feels good about everything.

Wilder had been a possible opponent for Anthony Joshua, but the British boxing star announced that he will defend his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO belts against Alexander Povetkin on 22 September at London's Wembley Stadium. If I say I'll fight you, I'll fight you.

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