Two fights into his much-anticipated comeback, Tyson Fury notched off another fairly routine win under the rain in Belfast's Windsor Park this evening.
If former unified heavyweight champion Tyson Fury proved one thing by going the 10-round distance in a shutout of former title challenger Francesco Pianeta on Saturday, it's that he's tantalizingly close to his 2015 prime.
Fury is now planning "a couple of weeks" of holiday before returning to training with his world title fight less than three months away.
It was then the flawless time and place to get the hype machine rolling. It also won't take much to market the fight as Fury and Wilder are excellent self-promoters who cannot only talk a good game but have proven to be more than capable of backing it up. "You are going to feel the experience of being knocked out by the Bronze Bomber". "It's on baby. This is what we've been waiting for right here baby; the best fighting the best".
The pair also clashed at a city-center hotel on Friday, and it is a scene we will get used to before the pair finally meet again in a ring.
The details of the fight will be announced next week according to Frank Warren, promoter of Fury, but his ward announced the possible venue when he confronted Wilder.
Wilder vs. Fury, a 12-round matchup for Wilder's WBC Heavyweight World Championship, will be produced and distributed by SHOWTIME PPV.
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His team had been negotiating to fight WBA, WBO and IBF champion Anthony Joshua but talks fell through. I know there's a big fight coming up between him and I, but this is the first and very important step for him. He had to settle for something less spectacular, but Fury was happy. I said send the contract and they sent the contract. "This man [Pianeta] couldn't land a blow on me tonight". I was working on my jab, slipping his punches.
His ringwalk was to the song Sweet Home Alabama.
Klitschko stopped Pianeta, 33, in six rounds five years ago, but Fury was unable to seriously trouble Pianeta.
His success with the jab, and occasional uppercuts and left hooks showed signs of gradually wearing Pianeta down, but when the Italian landed a left hook Fury nodded in acknowledgement.
It was steady, rather than explosive, as Fury continued to rely on his jab rather than go hunting for a knockout.
"If I ain't good enough so be it, I'm taking this fight because I know I can win".