Fury expects Wilder confrontation, fight announcement if he wins Belfast bout

Tyson Fury says he expects to confront Deontay Wilder in the ring if he defeats Francesco Pianeta in Belfast next Saturday. Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

If all goes to plan next Saturday, Tyson Fury expects to confront Deontay Wilder in the ring as their heavyweight fight is announced.

Former WBA-IBF-WBO world heavyweight champion Fury (26-0, 19 KOs) has just his second fight on the comeback trail in front of an expected crowd of 26,000 at Belfast's outdoor Windsor Park, Northern Ireland.

Victory over Francesco Pianeta in a 10-round bout will set up the prospect of the English boxer becoming WBC world heavyweight champion Wilder's eighth challenger on November 10 or 17 in Las Vegas.

The American will be ringside in Belfast working for UK broadcaster BT Sport and -- if Fury extends his unbeaten record -- Wilder and Fury will likely trade insults in the ring after the fight. The pair went nose-to-nose in the ring two years ago following one of Wilder's fights.

Fury believes the fight will be made if he beats Pianeta and has been bemused at the surprise which has greeted his revelation he will challenge Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) after only two warm-up fights.

"One hundred per cent the plan is to fight Wilder before the end of the year," Fury told reporters on a conference call.

"I don't know why people don't listen, we've said it 100 times: fighting Wilder is going to happen, it's not a publicity stunt.

"What would Wilder have to gain from saying he is going to fight me? Nothing. He's not coming to Belfast for the fun of it.

"If the fight wasn't happening I wouldn't say it is happening. If I get past Pianeta then the fight is on. It's on like Donkey Kong.

"I'll get past Pianeta and then I will go and fight Wilder somewhere. But it isn't going to happen if I don't win -- Beyonce Wilder is in the future.

"It won't be off-putting having Wilder ringside. I will deal with Wilder when I'm done with the fight.

"By the time I fight Wilder I'll have had two warm-up fights. It has been a great journey, I've had a great comeback."

Fury insists he is not overlooking Pianeta as he looks to secure his second world title shot after his shock points win over Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015.

The Manchester-based boxer was then out of the ring until June after problems with drink, depression and drugs. Fury also served a backdated doping ban in his exile of two-and-half years before a four round win over Sefer Seferi in Manchester two months ago.

Germany-based Italian Pianeta (35-41, 21 KOs), 33, is a step up from Seferi although was stopped by Klitschko five years ago and has suffered three stoppage defeats in as many years.

But Fury says the fight is a risk because of what is at stake.

"You only take one fight at a time where I'm from, or else you end up like James DeGale: beat up," Fury said, recalling the shock defeat of his English compatriot James DeGale to Caleb Truax for the IBF world super-middleweight title in December.

"I'm only concentrating on this man in front of me, that's all I can do at the minute.

"Winning is all that matters. It's a very risky business.

"It's like the world knows, there's a big fight looming. The biggest heavyweight fight for many, many years between two unbeaten heavyweights and the two biggest talkers in the game.

"It doesn't come any bigger than that.

"So I'm not about to do anything silly, the most important thing is to win and that's what I always do."