Wilder's Manager: I Believe Tyson Fury Deal Will Get Done

Shelly Finkel, co-manager of WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs), feels confident that a bout with Tyson Fury (26-0, 19 KOs) will get finalized for the fall.

The two sides are in serious negotiations for a showdown - provided Fury wins on August 18th in Belfast, when he faces Francesco Pianeta. 

"I believe it will be done. I believe it will get done. I think we're close. I would hope next week it comes together. It's a big fight, but it's not done until all the paperwork is done. So do I think it will get done? Yes. But it's not done. But I am also not aware of any issues. The rematch clause will get worked out," Finkel told ESPN.


As previously reported, the fight is targeted for Las Vegas, with Showtime PPV dates of November 10 and November 17 being kicked around.

Back in January 2016, after Fury captured the WBO, WBA, IBF, IBO world titles by shocking Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015, he sat ringside at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and watched Wilder pull off a crushing knockout over Artur Szpilka.

Once the fight concluded, Fury jumped in the ring and started traded words with Wilder, face to face, before a live Showtime audience.

Finkel has a very good relationship with Fury's promoter, Frank Warren, and both sides are working very hard to get a deal done.

"Deontay is very excited about it," Finkel said. "He remembers Fury jumping in the ring (after the Szpilka fight). There's been a bit of a history there. They've traded barbs. In this sport, in the heavyweight division, after Deontay and Joshua, this is the biggest fight. I think it will get done. The points that matter are done, but it's not done until it's signed."

Should the fight come off, it would certainly become by far the biggest heavyweight fight of the year - and possibly the biggest event of the year.

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