Tyson Fury vowed to knock out WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder as their bout was confirmed in the aftermath of the English fighter’s dominant win over Francesco Pianeta.
The pair exchanged words as Fury’s promoter Frank Warren said the bout was “official” and added more details would be made public in the next week.
Wilder said Fury would “experience” being knocked out for the first time.
Fury, 30, won all 10 rounds to secure a points win over Pianeta in Belfast.
“One thing I promise when I go to Las Vegas is I am knocking you out,” Fury told Wilder, 32.
The American, who was holding his title belt as the pair took turns on the microphone at Windsor Park, responded: “He has never had the WBC belt. If he even thinks about that belt, he better wake up and apologise to me as he will never have this.”
The prospect of a bout between the two seemed close in January 2016 when they clashed in the ring following Wilder’s victory over Poland’s Artur Szpilka.
But Fury did not return until June this year, and taking on such a formidable opponent so quickly after his time away seemed unlikely until talks gathered momentum in recent weeks.
More to follow.