AJ needs the American’s green belt to complete his heavyweight collection but talks between the two giants keep collapsing.
Offers and counter-bids have been flying across the Atlantic and hopes are fading that the undefeated pair will finally clash on April 13 at Wembley.
The painful negotiations between Team AJ and promoter Eddie Hearn, up against Wilder’s camp and promoter Shelly Finkel, have let Fury sneak in the backdoor.
The Gypsy King is just one win into a scheduled four-fight comeback campaign but is apparently ready to battle the 40-0 beast in his US home.
Wilder told Ring TV: “I believe 100 per cent that this fight is going to happen and it’s going to get done
“We’re very, very close. Very, very close. Closer than Joshua and me could ever get in a lifetime.
“It’s definitely going to happen, there’s no doubt. There’s just a little more work to be done.
“Me and Fury, we talked with each other back and forth; I think he’s a great guy, we have a relationship together, and my team has a relationship with his team.”
Fury fights unknown Francesco Pianeta on August 18 in Belfast as a second tune-up following almost 1000 days away from the sport.
But Wilder insists the undefeated 29-year-old, who dropped his belts when personal problems ruled him out of action, will pose a better test than the Watford icon.
He said: “This is going to be better than Joshua when it all boils down to it and we know Tyson Fury, in many eyes, is still the champ, he hasn’t been defeated.
“He’s still undefeated. He’s still the lineal champion. Once I knock him off, I become that man who beat the man.”
“I’m super excited, I can’t wait for this thing to be official and we can get the promotion going and get the fans riled up for it.
“I feel he’s going to be back into his top form, he’s in shape, he’s slimmed down, he’s been a champion before, he knows what it takes to be a champion, to adjust to other fighters.
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“Once you’re a champion, there are no excuses. You’re staying ready 24 hours and if you’re not ready that’s your fault. And that’s what I’m all about.
“He’s a guy that’s ready to go, he’s seen what’s been happening to me with this whole situation, and he’s disgusted because Joshua is British as well, and they see he didn’t want to fight.
“So he’s being a man, stepping into my backyard and doing something their other so-called champion wouldn’t do, so mad respect from me.”
“He’s very awkward and tall; I’m very awkward and tall as well. It’s going to be a wonderful fight.
“It’s going to be a hell of a fight, this guy’s not scared, he’s coming to America to fight in my house.
“He’s ready now, I’m still ready and we’re going to put on one of the biggest heavyweight title fights in boxing. We got two talkers that’s going to promote the s*** out of the fight.
“Maybe it will be the knockout-of-the-year and the fight –of-the-year all in one night.
“I’m going to have to figure him out at first, but I’m going to knock him out of there for sure — mid-round stoppage.”
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