Wilder And Fury Go Face-To-Face As Fight Is Confirmed

Fury hopes to defeat Francesco Pianeta and set up a title fight with Deontay Wilder

Their face-to-face confrontation in the ring was more entertaining than Fury's predictable, 100-90 points win over Pianeta in front of 25,000 at Belfast's Windsor Park.

Fury has agreed to a fight against the WBC heavyweight champion and the date and venue will be announced next week, promoter Frank Warren has announced.

"The former heavyweight champion eased his way past the Italian, who started well enough but ultimately was outclassed by the 6′ 9" Brit.

"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". I said "send me a contract", they sent me a contract. "This man [Pianeta] couldn't land a blow on me tonight".

After shocking the boxing world by beating Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 to become WBA, IBF and WBO champion, Fury was out of the ring for two and a half years because of mental health and drug problems.

"I'm happy to be here but I'm sorry to tell you that Fury will not be bringing the WBC belt back here".

Warren said "quick and smooth negotiations" between the two camps had led to a "50-50" purse split, adding that American Wilder's team recognised Fury's worth.

Fury weighed-in on Friday at 258 pounds, 18 pounds less than he came in for the Seferi fight, a sign that the brash Englishman is taking his career seriously once again. "I promise you. You've never been knocked out but you're going to feel the experience, what it feels to get hit by the Bronze Bomber". It was a step up in opponent; I needed to box and move and still show I can go 10 rounds.

Wilder also promised to deliver a knock out.

"I could have stood there and traded with him and blasted him but I didn't need a first-round knockout".

The English boxer ended the ninth with some of his best punches of the fight, but Pianeta was unmoved.

With the expected trash talk from both sides, their unbeaten records and the fact that both tower at 6-foot-7 or above, there's enough of a theatrical and historic element to the fight that Wilder-Fury is expected to do big business.

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