HE’LL have had better offers, I’m sure, but Deontay Wilder has today officially been invited to watch Tyson Fury box Francesco Pianeta on August 18 at Windsor Park, Belfast.
If he does show up, it won’t be because the WBC heavyweight champion has any interest in seeing Fury and Pianeta have a move around for 10 minutes before the Italian – a marked improvement on Fury’s last opponent, Sefer Seferi, it has to be said – decides he has had enough and taps out. His presence will instead have a lot more to do with a potential Wilder vs. Fury fight at some point in December.
Conspicuous by his absence in March, when Wilder was supposed to attend Anthony Joshua’s fight against Joseph Parker in Cardiff, it will be interesting to see whether he accepts Frank Warren’s invitation in a couple of weeks’ time. Certainly, if it happens, if we clock his six-foot-seven frame wading through pasty Irish skin en route to a seat at ringside, mobbed by travellers telling him how s**t he is, we’ll know there’s more to this potential Wilder vs. Fury thing than mere social media foreplay. And that will be exciting. That will make the whole thing worthwhile.