Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder confirmed after defeat of Francesco Pianeta as Carl Frampton beats Luke Jackson

Frank Warren announced that Fury vs Wilder for the WBC heavyweight championship in Las Vegas is 'done' while Frampton is in line to face IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington

Declan Taylor
Windsor Park, Belfast
Saturday 18 August 2018 23:22
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Tyson Fury sees off Pianeta and confirms next fight with Deontay Wilder

Tyson Fury set up his money-spinning Las Vegas showdown with WBC champion Deontay Wilder via a lopsided victory over Francesco Pianeta then vowed to return from Sin City as the new champion.

The towering heavyweights were brought face-to-face in the Windsor Park ring once Fury's 100-90 points win over Pianeta was confirmed as the promotion for his scheduled contest with Wilder cranked up another gear.

It is now two straightforward wins from two for Fury since he ended his long spell in the wilderness on 9 June. Wilder, 32 years old, with 40 wins out of fight 40 fights and 39 inside the distance, is of course leagues above both of the opponents.

But there is a feeling that Fury can dethrone the WBC king if he can get somewhere near the form he found in famously beating Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015. Only tiny snippets of that were on display at Northern Ireland's national stadium but these were 10 useful rounds nonetheless.

Wilder had flown in from his Alabama home in order to commentate from ringside for American network Showtime but more-so to build his potential clash with Fury, and wasted no time in doing so on his arrival.

Before he even checked into his hotel on the waterfront in Belfast, he headed straight to the Europa Hotel where Fury and Pianeta were scheduled to weigh-in.

Despite being told that the Europa remains the most bombed hotel in Europe, that did not stop Wilder from announcing his arrival by screaming his famous catchphrase of 'bomb squad' on his arrival.

He almost ended up tussling with both Fury and his father 'Gypsy' John Fury before departing and then, incredibly, had a portion of chicken thrown at him by WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders when he dined at Nando's later that night.

Of the scenes, the British Boxing Board of Control general secretary Robert Smith said: “I suppose we will have to say something about these idiots in due course but let's get the boxing over first.”

Saunders and Wilder were involved in an incident at Nando's in Belfast

It was a hostile reception for Wilder at Windsor Park too, with one punter throwing a pint of beer over the 6ft 7in world champion as he made his way to his ringside commentary position.

He did, however, hug and make up with Saunders before playfully exchanging punches with Paul Gascoigne too. It was all a bit strange but, based on Fury's come back bout against Sefer Seferi in June, that may now be the norm when it comes to the 'Gypsy King' fight nights.

Fury gave a nod to Tuscaloosa native Wilder during his ring walk, as 'Sweet Home Alabama' played as he plotted a path through the rain and crowds.

Pianeta was a notable step up from Seferi but it was still reasonably easy going for the undefeated traveller, who remains as the lineal heavyweight champion.

Fury won all 10 rounds against Francesco Pianeta

In fact, you could count on one hand the number of times the Germany-based visitor managed to lay a glove on the ever-awkward Fury throughout the 10 rounds.

Audible boos greeted the final bell but there would have been one very happy ringside observer in Wilder, who does not believe Fury has the power to trouble him.

Moments after the 100-90 victory was read out, Wilder was up, into the ring and right in Fury's face. The promotion of their winter fight, which kicked off at the Europa Hotel, shows no signs of abating.

Promoter Frank Warren, although not willing to confirm a location or date for the clash, took to the mic to gleefully roar that the fight 'is on'. A November date at Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena is expected to be rubber-stamped later this week.

“Me and Wilder are two men who will fight anybody,” Fury said.

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

“One thing I promise when I go to Las Vegas – and that’s I'm knocking you the f**k out boy.”

Carl Frampton controlled the bout before stopping Jackson in the ninth round

In the main event, Tiger's Bay hero Carl Frampton moved a step closer to another world title shot of his own by despatching Australian Luke Jackson with a clinical nine-round display.

The 31-year-old former world champion at two-weights dropped his visitor in the eighth round with a vicious left hook to the body before forcing Jackson's corner to throw the towel in after 1:21 of the ninth following another brutal barrage.

Frampton, holder of the lightly regarded WBO 'interim' featherweight title, is now in line to face Leeds man Josh Warrington, the IBF champion, before the end of the year.

Of the potential Warrington-Frampton clash, Warren added: “We are going to make it happen. The fans want it and it will definitely happen this year. It is on.”

Warrington, like Wilder, was hauled into the ring from his ringside position. He said: “Listen, I'm looking to get a fight. I beat Lee Selby and I'd like to be No 1 for Christmas. I have a lot of respect for Carl but I think I can beat him.

“I see certain things. He is a very intelligent fighter but there are a few things I can take advantage of.”

Carl Frampton celebrates his stoppage victory over Luke Jackson

Earlier, local favourite Paddy Barnes' world title dream turned to a nightmare as he was stopped by a vicious body shot at the end of the fourth round by defending WBC flyweight champion Cristofer Rosales.

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