Deontay Wilder's next fight might end up being against a British boxing star after all, just not Anthony Joshua.
Tyson Fury, the former unified heavyweight champion, revealed on Twitter that he is in deep negotiations to challenge for Wilder's WBC heavyweight title, shortly after promoter Frank Warren made the revelation in the U.K.
Fury's tweet regarding the negotiations, where he said negotiations "are close to being done," can be seen below.
Wilder's schedule is currently open as talks of a possible fight with Joshua to unify all four major world titles and crown the next undisputed heavyweight champion fell through. Wilder still has mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale waiting in the wings, but WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman recently revealed that Wilder was free to choose his next opponent, making it a voluntary defense. Wilder has not fought since stopping Luis Ortiz back in March to retain his WBC title for the seventh time.
Fury is now currently ranked No. 7 in the WBC rankings at heavyweight. Fury recently returned to the ring after two-and-a-half years of not fighting. In his first fight since upsetting Wladimir Klitschko to win the unified WBA, WBO, and IBF titles, Fury quickly dispatched Sefer Seferi after four rounds back in June.
Currently, Fury has a fight against former European champion and world title challenger Francesco Pianeta scheduled for August 18 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. That fight will be one of the key undercard fights for Carl Frampton vs. Luke Jackson for Frampton's interim WBO featherweight title.