Tyson Fury-Francesco Pianeta set for August 18 in Belfast
Well, at least it’s an upgrade.
Former heavyweight champion of the world Tyson Fury will face Italy’s Francesco Pianeta in his second comeback fight on August 18 in Belfast.
Last month, the unbeaten Fury (26-0, 12 knockouts) ended a two-and-a-half-year layoff when he stopped the unheralded Sefer Seferi on his stool at the end of four rounds.
Pianeta (35-4-1, 21 KOs) is far from distinguished, but he has mixed with better competition. The 33-year-old southpaw, who is based in Germany, was stopped in six rounds by Wladimir Klitschko in a 2013 world title bout and Ruslan Chagaev knocked him out in one.
Close inspection of Pianeta’s record reveals that his most notable victory is probably an eighth-round stoppage of Matt Skelton in a European title bout in 2009.
“The Seferi fight is history and Pianeta is a far better operator than him,” said promoter Frank Warren. “His level of opposition tells you that. Tyson had been out of boxing for a long time and Pianeta is a good opponent for what is Tyson’s second fight back after his break.
“Tyson had a short rest after Seferi but is back in full-time camp ready for this challenge in Belfast. He needs rounds under his belt before moving on to the next level and this fight will do that and make him work for his win.”
The Belfast bill is topped by Carl Frampton who faced unbeaten Australian Luke Jackson, and Paddy Barnes is in world title action against Nicaragua’s WBC titleholder Cristofer Rosales. Steven Ward and Steve Collins Jr. also collide on the undercard and Lewis Crocker, Luke Keeler and Marco McCullough will also see action.
Limited remaining tickets are available from www.ticketmaster.ie priced at £80, £100, £120, £150, £250, £400 (includes hospitality). Buying tickets over the phone – 0844 847 2455. To purchase Accessible Seating – 0333 321 9996.
Quotes courtesy of a press release issued by Frank Warren PR.
Tom Gray is Associate Editor for THE RING. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing
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