Fury not concerned by having Wilder at ringside

Rex Christensen
August 19, 2018

Promoter Frank Warren has claimed the victor of the proposed fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder would be the "No. 1 heavyweight in the world". "You've got the two heavyweights in Wilder and Fury who want to get it on, and whoever wins will be the No. 1 heavyweight in the world".

Earlier this month, Warren confirmed he was in advanced negotiations with Wilder's team over a possible heavyweight super-fight late in 2018 - a fight that would be just Fury's third since a two-and-a-half-year layoff from the sport. "Let's face it, he's not really fought anybody and he's had 40 fights", Fury said at a press conference in Belfast.

Tyson Fury has promised that if Francesco Pianeta manages to knock him out, then he will "kiss his feet", according to a report on the Boxing Scene. "All I can promise is to put on a good fight", Fury said.

Pianeta, for me, represents a more serious contender in "The Gypsy King's" return, as a man who won the WBC world youth crown before picking up EBU and WBO European titles, and has twice challenged for world honours - losing to Wladimir Klitschko in 2013 and to Ruslan Chagaev two years later.

Fury believes the victor of his clash with Pianeta could be set for a WBC title fight against American Deontay Wilder, who will be ringside in Belfast working as a TV analyst.

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Fury's first comeback win came against Sefer Seferi at the Manchester Arena in June, a fourth-round retirement victory, and he meets Francesco Pianeta live on BT Sports on Saturday night in another tool sharpener.

"I study my heavyweights and I know he's fought some good men". It is expected that should Fury defeat his Italian opponent to extend his unbeaten record, a fight with Wilder would be announced immediately.

"He's southpaw which is a lot more awkward because there aren't many of them in the division, so it's hard to get sparring".

"He's a very unsafe opponent but in my mind I think I'm the greatest heavyweight that's ever been born so I should handle Francesco Pianeta. Anything less is a failure".

However, the 30-year-old knows that Pianeta will give it his best shot because this is the biggest fight of his career and a chance to make a name for himself.

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