Tyson Fury defeats Francesco Pianeta, sets up heavyweight showdown against 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.

Speaking post-fight, Fury explained that he "needed the rounds" to get back to the desirable level he wishes to fight at.

"Let's face it, he's not really fought anybody and he's had 40 fights", declared Fury, referring to Wilder's own unblemished history.

A lot was on the line for Fury - he expects to make £10 million ($12.76 million) from facing Wilder, possibly in Las Vegas on November 10 or 17 - and he came through his audition without much discomfort.

"They called and I answered, I said yes, and now he gets the chance to fight the lineal world heavyweight champion of the world", Fury said.

"When I read them, I thought you can't be saying that". The former world champion, returning for the second time after 30 months away due to a drug ban, weighed in at 18st 6lbs yesterday, and promptly ignored his opponent, indulging instead in a verbal slanging match with the American Deontay Wilder, the World Boxing Council heavyweight champion, who will work as an analyst with the United States broadcasters Showtime from ringside.

"Make no mistake", Fury assured Wilder as the two stood almost face-to-face in the center of the ring, "I'm knocking you the f*** out".

The legendary former England global is a big boxing fan and took the opportunity of his prime seats to introduce himself to Wilder, and even threw a gentle punch at his jaw.

Of John Fury, he added: "I'll get my grandfather out of the grave to knock him out".

Pianeta weighed in lighter than Fury at 18st (252 pounds) exactly.

"I can't wait to fight you because I am going to knock you out".

"Fury against Wilder would be over in three rounds, at the most".

Tyson Fury then came through his ten rounder against Francesco Pianeta, forced to go the distance but never looking threatened by his opponent.

Fury was unsurprisingly announced as the victor, via a score of 100-90 on referee Steve Gray's scorecard. "I don't hold my voice and I don't have any filters, I speak what I think". "I was working on my boxing to slip and slide and use the jab".

"Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury - anybody in the division will need to be aware of what he can bring to the table". The two exchanged barbs on social media while also revealing that negotiations had quickly advanced for a fight between the two before the end of 2018.

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