The final impediment to a Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder heavyweight championship clash has been conquered.
On a wet Saturday night in Windsor Park, Belfast, Fury easily outpointed Francis Pianeta en route to a unanimous-decision victory. Fury dominated all 10 rounds with superior boxing, footwork, hand speed and punching accuracy.
Fury looked better conditioned than he did when he made his comeback in June against Sefer Seferi. His stamina held up throughout the fight as he coasted to the easy win. Fury literally won every round on all three judges scorecards.
The fight was pretty uneventful and likened to a sparring match by many in the boxing community and media.
A vastly improved Tyson Fury. He needed the full 10 rounds tonight. Clipped a few times, but Im sure he will sharpen up as the threat level goes up. Now attention turns to The Bronze Bomber (covered in chicken) at ringside.
The real news happened after the fight was over. As expected, Wilder climbed into the ring and went face to face with Fury.
The verbal exchange was mostly respectful, and promoter Frank Warren officially announced the fight. Showtime Boxing’s Twitter account followed suit.
The date will be announced next week, per Warren, but Fury seemed to spill the beans about the fight’s location.
Finally, the heavyweight division will be treated to the type of marquee matchup that fans of the weight class have been craving since we saw Anthony Joshua battle Wladimir Klitschko in April 2017, and Wilder stop Luis Ortiz in March.
Wilder and his camp had been in dogged pursuit of a unification bout with Joshua (WBO, WBA and IBF champion) for months before talks broke down. Joshua is set to defend his titles against Alexander Povetkin on September 22 at Wembley Stadium in London.
The Wilder-Fury clash could potentially happen in October or November. It seems unlikely it will be pushed into 2019. Wilder has already been idle for 5.5 months. Waiting until 2019 could cause ring rust. It’s unlikely Fury absorbed any damage during his rout of Pianeta, so a relatively quick turnaround for him is realistic.
Through a hoarse voice sustained during a shouting match with Fury earlier in the week, Wilder tried to match words with the Gypsy King, but you couldn’t help but notice the immense gratitude he was experiencing as he finally captured the payday that he has long deserved.
We don’t know what the terms of the deal will be for both men, but it’s a virtual lock to be Wilder’s largest payday ever.
Without question, it will be the biggest heavyweight fight to take place in the United State since the era of Lennox Lewis, Mike Tyson, and Evander Holyfield. Stay tuned as more specific information is revealed.
Source: Brian Mazique