Wilder: Fury is UK’s Champ, Not Joshua

Plans are that with an expected win over Francesco Pianeta on Aug. 18, Tyson Fury will be declared the next challenger to Deontay Wilder’s WBC Heavyweight Title, and the two will face off in the ring as the planned November (or December) match is announced.

But Wilder wasted no time in confronting the former unified heavyweight champion, as Wilder arrived at the weigh-in ceremony earlier today and he and Fury got into it verbally.

And the WBC champion says he’s looking forward to a showdown with Fury.

“It’s an excitement and is making the whole thing even better,” Wilder told BBC Sport. “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.”

This also potentially marks a continued promise that Wilder has moved on from pursuing a unification bout with unified champion Anthony Joshua following frustrating negotiations between the two parties. In fact, Wilder says, he thinks Fury is more a British boxing champion than Joshua.

“I have no words for Joshua, it’s solely on Fury. Joshua is old news, there’s a new kid in town — Tyson Fury,” Wilder said. “He is the true champion on this side of the pond. And now he’s going to face the lone and reigning champion, the WBC champion, the king, the man, the legend, the bronze bomber and it’s going to be a great fight.”

Original Story: Boxing Scene

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