The lineal heavyweight champion of the world, Tyson Fury, set up a November date with undefeated WBC champion Deontay Wilder after Fury turned in a measured performance to outpoint Francesco Pianeta in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
He was rarely tested against the durable Pianeta and the combination of lapses in concentration with his lack of sharpness prevented Fury from excelling as he can, but he regardless was awarded the victor via a score of 100-90 on referee Steve Gray's scorecard.
WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has said that he wants Tyson Fury to take his clash with Francesco Pianeta "very seriously".
"So in my mind I might have needed four fights but training for nine months and having two fights back-to-back I now know that I'm really ready".
If Pianeta was gradually being broken down, his punch resistance ensured he rarely looked in danger of suffering a knockdown. This is what we've been waiting for, the best fighting the best.
"It's officially on", declared the American.
"I can't wait to fight you because I am going to knock you out, I promise you. The details will be revealed next week but the fight's on". I said to send the contract, they sent me the contract.
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Wilder and his entourage then tried to chase Saunders... but one of them comically slipped.
Fury meets the Italian in Belfast on Saturday evening, and the unbeaten British fighter is expected to face Wilder in the United States should he overcome the former world title challenger.
Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury - anybody in the division will need to be aware of what he can bring to the table.
"You can't knock out what you can't hit". The Italy-born Germany-based boxer was stopped by Klitschko five years ago and has suffered stoppage defeats to Kevin Johnson and Ruslan Chagaev in the last two years. This man (Pianeta) couldn't land a blow on me.
"I promised the wife and kids we're going to go on a gypsy holiday, so I'll get the trailer washed down tomorrow, put it on the road and away we go", he joked.
"Good rounds in the bank, slipping and sliding, I'm happy with the performance". I thought that was a step up with the opponent and display.