Tyson Fury insists chasing Deontay Wilder is not a publicity stunt and plans to fight unbeaten American this year

Fury takes on Francesco Pianeta at Belfast’s Windsor Park on Saturday and American Wilder will be ringside to analyse the bout for BT Sport.

It will be unbeaten Fury’s second fight on the comeback trail after two years in the wilderness following accusations of drug abuse and personal problems.

And Fury is confident another win over Pianeta to add to his 26 unbeaten contests will land him a crack at WBC world heavyweight champion Wilder by December.

He said: “One hundred per cent the plan is to fight Wilder before the end of the year. I don’t know why people don’t listen, we’ve said it 100 times: fighting Wilder is going to happen, it’s not a publicity stunt.”

Promoter Frank Warren explained: “Without telling stories out of school we’re very, very close to making Wilder happen.

“Wilder is very much in the pipeline for later in the year but first Tyson has his task on Saturday.

“There are two reasons fights get made: One everybody is happy with the money and, two, most importantly, the boxers want to fight each other.

“Tyson is happy with the money, Wilder is happy with the money and they want to fight each other

“Making fights is easy if there is a will on both sides to do it. But if the worst happened on Saturday I’m sure it would blow everything apart.”

Fury will get his chance at recapturing the world crown following bitter claims from Wilder and IBF, WBA and WBO unbeaten champ Anthony Joshua who have accused each other of deliberately avoiding a unification contest.

The red hot row has created a ‘vacancy’ for Fury to fill and the Mancunian added: “What would Wilder have to gain from saying he is going to fight me? Nothing.

“He’s not coming to Belfast to see my fight for the fun it. There’s nothing to gain. If the fight between us wasn’t happening I wouldn’t say it is happening.

“It won’t be off-putting having Wilder ringside. I will deal with Wilder when I’m done with the fight against Pianeta.

“Get past Pianeta and then I will go and fight Wilder somewhere.

“But it ain’t going to happen if I don’t win — ‘Beyonce’ Wilder is in the future.

“By the time I fight Wilder I’ll have had two warm-up fights. It has been a great journey, I’ve had a great comeback.

“It’s like the world knows, there’s a big fight looming. The biggest heavyweight fight for many, many years between two unbeaten heavyweights and the two biggest talkers in the game.

“It doesn’t come any bigger than that.”

In Fury’s first fight after his enforced lay off he blew Sefer Seferi away after four one sided rounds and spent much of the time showboating to fans.

But he has promised it will be strictly business against Italian Pianeta and he said: “The promoter Frank Warren wants strictly business and Frank will get strictly business.

“We want no messing around, we want down to business and we want to win.

“Winning is all that matters. It’s a very risky business.

“I’ve not let any stones unturned while preparing for Pianeta, I’ve really put the effort in, I’ve left home, I’ve been in camp for 10 weeks and I did two weeks before I left.

“I’ve eaten, slept and drunk boxing — I’ve done nothing else but box since November.

“So if I can’t beat Pianeta I might as well get on my knees and kiss his two feet because I’m clearly shot to pieces.

“But if I’m half the man I was a few years ago I will right Pianeta off like a good ‘un, put a face on him like the Elephant Man.

“It’s never boring, ever. You just have to be thankful for what you have and what I have is talent in abundance.”

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