Tyson Fury dominates Francesco Pianeta to set up a bout with Deontay Wilder
By Hector Franco | Senior Writer and Editor
Published: August 18, 2018
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND – At Windsor Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland Tyson Fury (27-0, 19 KOs) stepped back in the ring for the second time in almost three years. Fury faced off against Francesco Pianeta (35-5-1, 21 KOs) in a scheduled ten-round heavyweight bout.
For those that were disappointed in Fury’s performance against Sefer Seferi this past June, the man known as the “Gypsy King” more than made up for that lackluster performance by dominating Pianeta. The bout started with Fury showcasing that he still has the bounce in his legs as he used his movement to offset any attempted offense by Pianeta. Fury was able to display his often-overlooked body attack against Pianeta anytime he threw a combination.
The fight with Pianeta served as more of a stepping-stone for Fury leading to a future match with WBC heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder. The goal and intention for Fury was to work off some ring rust by going rounds against Pianeta. After ten one-sided rounds, the judges awarded the match to Fury with scores of 100-90.
In his post-fight interview, Fury along with his promoter Frank Warren announced that a fight between Fury and Wilder would be taking place later this year. Wilder was in attendance and jumped into the ring to help promote the future bout between the two heavyweights.
While fans were expecting a clash between Wilder and WBA/IBF/WBO champion Anthony Joshua this year, a fight between Wilder and Fury will prove to be interesting with Wilder’s vaunted punching power and Fury’s unorthodox and awkward fighting style. The fight’s promotional festivities may prove to be more entertaining than the fight itself; however, the match does bring the division that much closer to having an undisputed heavyweight champion.
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