Deontay Wilder Crashes Tyson Fury's Weigh-In, Clashes With John Fury

While Francesco Pianeta was scarcely thought to be any match for the unbeaten heavyweight, much was being made pre-fight of the presence of Deontay Wilder at ringside.

The seed has well and truly been planted, ladies and gentlemen.

The primary reason Wilder is in Belfast tonight is to help secure a deal for a fight against Fury.

Now, both heavyweights have managed to find their way to each other, clashing in the lobby of the Belfast hotel where the weigh-ins took place.

Fury weighed-in on Friday at 258 pounds, 18 pounds less than he came in for the Seferi fight, a sign that the brash Englishman is taking his career seriously once again.

Wilder has targeted Fury since negotiations for a unification fight with Anthony Joshua ended unsuccessfully.

Following up on September's blockbuster rematch between Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Gennady "GGG" Golovkin, Fury's Stateside battle will be a feature event on our new pay-per-view channel, BT Sport Box Office HD, which will be available on BT TV, Sky and Virgin platforms.

Wilder is expected to challenge Fury to a heavyweight showdown later in the year, while Saunders - an ally of Fury's - is there to support his friend.

In the footage, United States boxer Deontay Wilder can be seen chasing Billy Joe Saunders out of the Belfast Nando's after the Brit reportedly threw chicken at him while open-mouthed onlookers watched on.

"BT Sport and Frank Warren have created some fantastic Fight Nights on BT Sport and the launch of BT Sport Box Office across multiple platforms will give us the opportunity to make some huge bouts available to viewers across the United Kingdom".

"Deontay Wilder was a chief sparring partner for a couple of my training camps". "You are going to feel the experience of being knocked out by the Bronze Bomber".

The 32-year-old American is 40-0 with 39 KOs since turning pro in 2008.

They are pricing it like that largely due to Wilder's last performance against Luis Ortiz, where he was given a few headaches. It will be a great fight when it happens and I am looking forward to it'.

  • Steve Townsend