Former heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury further continued his comeback trail today in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he earned a dominant decision win over his overmatched opponent, Francesco Pianeta.
The scorecards all read 100-90, making it a complete shutout for Fury and although it wasn’t a knockout like many had anticipated, it was still an impressive victory which put the entire heavyweight division on notice, particularly WBC champion Deontay Wilder who was in attendance.
Wilder entered the ring following Fury’s post-fight interview where he announced a fight between the two is indeed on, though it seems as if they are still yet to officially finalize the contracts.
Fury versus Wilder would truly be an incredible matchup as they are considered by many to be two of the top heavyweights of this era (along with Anthony Joshua), with Wilder currently holding the WBC title yet Fury still being the lineal champion who never actually lost his title.
Fury was stripped of his title that he won from all-time great Wladimir Klitschko after 2 years of inactivity as well as being declared medically unfit to fight. During his time off, Fury ballooned up to over 300lbs and it almost looked as if we’d never see him compete again.
Fury proved many doubters wrong, however, when he returned this past June looking in fantastic shape, stopping opponent Sefer Seferi in the fourth round.
Although his opponent tonight, Francesco Pianeta, was clearly a step up in competition for Fury, he was never really in the fight at all save a few moments here and there and Fury pretty much boxed circles around him the whole fight, winning every round on the scorecards.
In undercard action, Cristofer Rosales stopped hometown hero Paddy Barnes in a spirited affair for the WBC flyweight title, much to the Belfast crowd’s chagrin. Also, in a welterweight contest, Lewis Crocker picked up a decision win over opponent William Warburton, bringing his professional record to 7-0.