Fury outpointed Francesco Pianeta last night at Windsor Park, his second win in 10 weeks after brushing aside an undersized Sefer Seferi in Manchester back in June.
The self-styled “Gypsy King” stood and stared down Wilder in the ring afterwards as they confirmed their WBC heavyweight world title fight, which is expected to take place in Las Vegas on November 17.
That date will fall three years after Fury reached the top of the boxing ladder, deposing Wladimir Klitschko in Germany to claim the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles.
But subsequent battles with depression, cocaine and a prolonged two-year backdated ban over a positive drugs test for banned substance nandrolone saw him relinquish his titles and balloon up to 27 stone.
He is now close to his fighting weight again and will step up to challenge for the WBC heavyweight world title later this year.
However, Fury admitted his path to the title had been shortened a little more than he would like.
“In an ideal world I could have done with another 10-round or 12-round fight, we know the world isn’t ideal,” Fury said.
“I’ll put my best foot forward and rise up to the occasion. Going into Wlad[imir Klitschko] I only had two fights: Dereck Chisora and Christian Hammer, then I had 10 months out before beating Wlad.
“At least this time I’m going in with two fights. I’m happy with the performance.
“Wilder congratulated me and said it was a great performance.
“I could have stood there and traded with him but I didn’t need a one-round KO, I needed rounds.
“Pianeta came with a tight defence, awkward to land on him, he trained hard and was a resilient opponent.
“I could have chose someone who wasn’t as tough but I’m happy with the opponent. I enjoyed every minute of it.”
Fury is now planning “a couple of weeks” of holiday before returning to training with his world title fight less than three months away.
“I’ve got enough time to prepare for anybody,” Fury added.
“I’m not going into this for a pay cheque, I wouldn’t lose for £100m, you can’t pay any amount of money for me to go Vegas to get sparked out.
“If I didn’t believe I could win this fight I’d pack up and retire today, I don’t box to be second best or to make numbers up, I box to be the best I can be.
“If I ain’t good enough so be it, I’m taking this fight because I know I can win.
“I know multimillionaires and billionaires too, money doesn’t drive me, I’ll go to Vegas for free and fight Wilder, I’d rather have no money and win than £200 billion and lose.
“My walls haven’t breached in 10 years. We will leave no stones unturned, we’re going to America to win, thats how we roll, if I can come back from the brink of defeat I can do anything.
“I know what life is like on the other side, I also know now what it’s about being in a good place.”
Source : EXPRESS