Tyson Fury Cruises Past Francesco Pianeta As Wilder Showdown Looms Ahead

Deontay Wilder made an unexpected appearance at Tyson Fury's weigh-in

Deontay Wilder made an unexpected appearance at Tyson Fury's weigh-in

Wilder-Fury will take place in Las Vegas in either November or December on Showtime PPV.

Fury had early walked to the ring to the sound of "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd in a nod to Wilder who was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

"Fury has collected a lot of belts, but he's never held this WBC belt", noted Wilder (40-0, 39KOs), whose 3 1/2 year title reign includes a thrilling knockout win over Luis Ortiz in their slugfest this past March in Brooklyn, New York.

And the former unified heavyweight world champion and the lineal champion of the world was in good tune during his press conference, inviting a member of his team and the packed media room to join him in a rendition of the Don McLean classic, American Pie.

Even while winning both, Fury has also had only two fights with his inexperienced trainer Ben Davison, making his preparation for perhaps the world's most risky heavyweight far from ideal, but against Pianeta he at least had the fight he needed in June.

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Wilder smiled at Fury after his prediction.

The 31-year-old Frampton, who defended the interim WBO title, said: "I'm not a world champion, Josh is a world champion". I'm not going to be denied'. I can't wait to meet the man that beat the man so when I beat the man I become the man, you understand?'

These guys, you can't give them opportunities to hit you on the chin.

"I'm sat here in a great frame of mind and that is worth more than any money because at one stage I thought I was going to end up in a padded room, never mind being back boxing, I didn't think I was going to survive".

And boxing fans loved the banter between the two fighters.

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"If I didn't believe I could win this fight against Deontay Wilder, I would pack up", Fury said.

"I got 10 rounds with a very tough man under my belt".

But all eyes were on the 29-year-old and Deontay Wilder as they announced their fight for later this year. I was working on my jab, slipping his punches. I want him to be superb.

"This was the performance I needed to prove against a tough opponent that I can move and box again at the best level".

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