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WBC champ Deontay Wilder confirms he'll be in Belfast to watch Tyson Fury on Saturday

Wilder and former champion Fury are expected to clash this winter.

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WBC WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT champion Deontay Wilder [40-0, 39KOs] has confirmed he’s coming to Belfast to watch prospective opponent Tyson Fury [26-0, 19KOs] in action at Windsor Park this Saturday.

Fury faces Francesco Pianeta [35-4-1, 21KOs] in the second fight of his comeback with a view to sealing a world-title showdown with the nuclear-fisted Wilder, a bout slated for winter should Fury emerge unscathed this weekend.

Fury fights on the undercard of Carl Frampton’s Windsor Park homecoming bout, and ‘The Bronze Bomber’ will take a seat ringside – or thereabouts – to keep an eye on his returning heavyweight rival.

Wilder is also expected to provide some punditry live on BT Sport, with American viewers having access to the event on Showtime Sports’ Facebook page.

He and Fury have enjoyed an illustrious if ultimately respectful relationship since both ascended to the top of their division, regularly trading barbs online and threatening to knock each other out while generally remaining respectful in interviews.

Wilder told The42 of Fury last year that he was more impressed by the Mancunian’s victory over Wladimir Klitschko than he was by fellow rival Anthony Joshua’s, before adding:

I would love to see him come back. I love Tyson Fury, man. I love him as a person and as a fighter. He’s my type of guy. I would love to see him come back.

The pair previously came face to face following Wilder’s victory over Artur Szpilka at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in January 2016, and can be expected to do so again in Belfast this Saturday.

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