Lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is understood to be in advanced stages of negotiations for a rematch with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder later this year.

The two fought to a draw last month in LA in what proved to be one of the most memorable fights of 2018.

Indeed, it was a memorable year for Fury where he came back from a number of challenges outside the ring.

As 2019 now is upon us — his early training footage suggests he’s more hungry than ever to prove he’s the best heavyweight in the world and has kept the weight off over the holiday period.

A much wanted showdown with Anthony Joshua however doesn’t seem likely in his view anytime soon — as he told the folks at BT Sport today:

Ultimately if the rematch with Wilder happens the winner of that bout will be positioned to take on Joshua in a huge unification fight before the year is out.

Surely it would be in the interest of everyone to make such a fight but in boxing — anything can happen as we know.

In the meantime, latest talks suggest that a Fury vs Wilder rematch could happen in April or May.

Las Vegas and New York in the US so far are the leading locations thought to be in contention to land the fight in 2019.