Despite a decided lack of in-ring fireworks, Fury (27-0, 19 KOs) looked trim and moved fluidly while easily outpointing Pianeta (35-5, 21 KOs) by a score of 100-90 on referee Steve Gray's scorecard amid a rainstorm at Windsor Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
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. Two two initially shake hands before Wilder asks about Saunders' past comments, and when he admits that he did call him the offensive slur, the two start to square up before a fight breaks out.
The fight will take place in Las Vegas on Showtime PPV in either November or December, a source told Sporting News.
Regardless of the result of the Fury fight, you can expect plenty of fireworks outside of the ring if Wilder's around.
"When I read them, I thought you can't be saying that". I said: "Send me the contract.' They sent the contract".
Fury won every round of a 10-round points decision over Francesco Pianeta before it was announced he will challenge WBC world heavyweight champion Wilder, who climbed into the ring for some trash-talking. "One thing I promise when I get to Las Vegas is that I am knocking you the fuck out!"
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Fury's father, John, shook hands with the American fighter before engaging in a shouting match as his son took to the scales.
Pianeta offered better but was still limited opposition and didn't have the power to worry Fury, who was light on his feet and showed good movement and reflexes.
"I can't wait to fight you because I am going to knock you out". As the rounds progressed, Fury cranked up the pressure and began sitting down on his punches.
British boxer, Billy Joe Saunders, has been recorded dashing out of a Nando's restaurant in Belfast with heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder, in pursuit following an altercation on Friday night.
"I think it was a calculated boxing performance", Fury said. "I was working on my boxing to slip and slide and use the jab. It's no secret I needed the rounds and I did that tonight". The two exchanged barbs on social media while also revealing that negotiations had quickly advanced for a fight between the two before the end of 2018.