Boxing news: Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury set to be confirmed with American ready to fly into London

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Incoming | Wilder set to confirm Fury fight: Al Bello/Getty Images

Deontay Wilder plans to be in London on Monday to confirm his proposed world heavyweight title clash with Tyson Fury.

The fight will get the go-ahead for Las Vegas in November provided Fury wins his second comeback contest against Francesco Pianeta in Belfast tomorrow night.

American WBC belt holder Wilder and his manager Shelly Finkel will be ringside at Windsor Park and are set to be at the BT Tower in the capital after the weekend for an official announcement of their date with Fury.

Promoter Frank Warren has seized the opportunity to catapult former world champion Fury back into the limelight after the breakdown of a unification fight between Wilder and Anthony Joshua.

Fury has had only one fight since his return from a two-and-half year lay-off, when he was forced to relinquish his world titles while he battled depression, weight and drugs problems.

But Warren believes he will be ready to face the undefeated 32-year-old Wilder if he beats Pianeta.

Fury insists he will claim Wilder’s belt and then hopes to challenge Joshua for his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO titles, possibly at Wembley next April.

The 30-year-old said: “It’s very easy to win all the belts back. I’ve only got to beat two bums, basically. Wilder and Joshua and that’s it. It shouldn’t be too hard for a great boxer like myself.

“But there is a target on my back. Pianeta is just one win away from being back right there among the best. Everybody brings their A game when they face me. They know it’s a lottery win if they can beat me.

“So I’m not underestimating Francesco. I know he’s a very big, strong fellow and he knows if he wins then he can go on to fight Wilder. It’s all to play for. I sparred with him in Germany when his record was 26 and 0.

“He was tough, strong and a very good opponent. It was before he went on to fight [Wladimir] Klitschko and [Ruslan] Chagaev for world titles but I was impressed back then. But I’ve made all the right sacrifices and I’m ready to put on a good show and win the fight.”

Meanwhile, Carl Frampton hopes to seize the chance to challenge for a fourth world title when he takes on Luke Jackson on the same card.

The Northern Irishman will secure an opportunity to fight for the IBF featherweight title held by Josh Warrington, of Leeds, if he beats Australia’s Jackson. Frampton’s eventual target is a third clash with Leo Santa Cruz. He beat the Mexican in 2016 but suffered his only defeat against him six months later.