Deontay Wilder confirms Tyson Fury fight will happen this year on one condition

Deontay Wilder has confirmed he will fight Tyson Fury this year – if the former world champion impresses against Francesco Pianeta.

Fury will have just his second fight in three years on Saturday night when he takes on the German at Windsor Park in Belfast.

Wilder, the current WBC world champion, will be ringside as part of American broadcaster Showtime’s commentary team.

And a fight between the two is then expected to be confirmed in the coming days.

"The fight definitely will happen," Wilder told BBC Sport. "Fury has to win tomorrow night and look good."

"Be ready. I’m coming to knock you out, plain and simple.

"Fury has to do what he needs to tomorrow so that when we come to fight, that’s how much excitement and aggression there will be."

Wilder also had a message for fellow world champion Anthony Joshua who he had been in negotiations with before talks broke down.

He said: ""I have no words for Joshua, it’s solely on Fury. Joshua is old news, there’s a new kid in town – Tyson Fury."

Earlier, Fury weighed in 18lb lighter than he did for his farcical return to the ring against Sefer Seferi in June.

He then exchanged words with Wilder as the pair ramped up the hype ahead of their clash which is expected to happen in either November or December in New York or Las Vegas.

Fury’s dad John was also involved in a confrontation with his son’s future opponent.

Wilder yelled his trademark "Bomb squad" catchphrase which appeared to irritate Fury Senior.

He initially shook hands with the fighter but then started shouting at Wilder.

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