Fury outpoints Pianeta and sets up heavyweight mega-bout with Wilder


His return win two and a half years after his crowning moment against Wladimir Klitschko was a low-key affair, but with likely opponent Deontay Wilder at ringside, Fury's victory over Francesco Pianeta was anything but.

Fury, the former world heavyweight champion, cleared the way for a fight with Wilder, the current WBC titleholder, by winning the second bout of his comeback on Sunday (NZ time).

Warren also confirmed a 50-50 split in the fight purse and said the venue would "probably" be Las Vegas.

He described America's Wilder - who has won 39 of his 40 fights inside the distance - as his "hardest fight", and will have a short break before beginning his preparations for the American, with the aim of shedding a further six pounds by Vegas.

Prior to his break from the sport, Fury held the WBA, WBO and IBF versions of the world heavyweight title, all of which now belong to Britain's Anthony Joshua. This is what we have been waiting for right here.

I'm happy with the performance. I said "send me a contract". "I went 10 rounds with a good, tough man who was quite durable".

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The acrimonious war of words between Wilder and Fury ignited back in January 2016, when they had to be separated in the ring after Wilder knocked out Poland's Artur Szpilka.

"I said yes and now he gets a chance to fight the lineal champion of the world", said Fury, who has a 27-0 record.

Fury weighed-in on Friday at 258 pounds, 18 pounds less than he came in for the Seferi fight, a sign that the brash Englishman is taking his career seriously once again. "One thing I promise is that I'm knocking you the f*** out, boy". I promise you. You've never been knocked out but you're going to feel the experience, what it feels to get hit by the "Bronze Bomber".

'At one stage I thought I was going to end up in a padded room, never mind be back boxing. "It's no secret I needed the rounds to be able to show I can slip and slide still and I did just that". The best fighting the best'.

Wilder has been at Belfast during fight week to generate buzz of a future fight with Fury.