A formality was handled easily as Fury (27-0, 20 KOs) pitched a shutout and earned a unanimous decision against Francesco Pianeta (35-5-1) Saturday in the co-main event of Carl Frampton vs. Luke Jackson at Windsor Park in Belfast, Northern Island.
"Fury against Wilder would be over in three rounds, at the most".
It was then the ideal time and place to get the hype machine rolling.
The undefeated heavyweight champion was present at the weigh-ins, in the Northern Irish city, for Fury's second comeback fight in Belfast on Saturday night and was caught on camera having a furious confrontation with the former champ.
But things took a weird turn after the official weigh-in on Friday, as Saunders seemingly charged into a restaurant where Wilder and his entourage were eating.
"We're delighted to bring these exciting fights to viewers across the UK".
Fury's promoter, Frank Warren, said about the date and venue: "All will be revealed next week - but the fight is on".
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Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) had only landed in Belfast that afternoon but went straight to Fury's weigh-in at the Europa Hotel. I know there's a big fight coming up between him and I, but this is the first and very important step for him.
Wilder's manager Shelly Finkel told BBC Sport the bout will be in "November or December in NY or Las Vegas". He had to settle for something less spectacular, but Fury was happy. I said "send me a contract". "We came here to get the rounds in with a tough man, quite durable". I was working on my jab, slipping his punches. "I needed the rounds, and I had plenty left in the tank".
"There's one thing he has never had and that's the WBC belt", he said.
Klitschko stopped Pianeta, 33, in six rounds five years ago, but Fury was unable to seriously trouble Pianeta.
The first fight of his return was an nearly comical bout against Albanian cruiserweight Sefer Seferi in June, which ended after the fourth round when Fury's opponent quit.
It was steady, rather than explosive, as Fury continued to rely on his jab rather than go hunting for a knockout. The best fighting the best'.
"I can't wait to fight you because I am going to knock you out", Wilder said to Fury.