Fury Confident He’ll Unify Titles Again
Tyson Fury is on a mission to reclaim all the heavyweight gold he was forced to give up in late 2016.
The path began with a win over Sefer Seferi back in June, and now he will face Francesco Pianeta on Aug. 18 in Ireland. And with a win, which is expected, it’s anticipated Fury will get the chance to challenge WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder in November. The bout is likely to be announced in the ring following Fury’s fight.
Fury pulled off one of boxing’s biggest upsets in November 2015, defeating Wladimir Klitschko via unanimous decision to win the WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO, The Ring and lineal heavyweight titles. Fury, however, did not make even one defense of the belts. The IBF stripped him of their titles 10 days later after Fury opted not to face their mandatory challenger due to a rematch clause for Klitschko.
Then, after Fury tested positive for cocaine in 2016 and was deemed medically unfit to face Klitschko, he vacated the WBA, WBO and IBO titles. Fury was eventually stripped by The Ring magazine of its title in February 2018.
“Lineal champions in the past, returning after long periods of time, 98 percent of them were unsuccessful in their title challenges,” Fury said. “Listen, it’s gonna be a long, hard road, and Pianeta is another step in the right direction. But by no forgone conclusion am I gonna win every belt nice and easy. Or so the history books say. But I have got a terrible habit of breaking molds and [not] doing what people want to hear and say and all that stuff.
“So hopefully I can be one of those two percent to come back and win ‘em all back. But it’s very easy to do. To win all the belts back, I’ve only got to beat two bums, basically. Wilder and Joshua, and that’s it, really. And they both haven’t got a boxing brain cell between them. So it shouldn’t be too hard for a great boxer like meself. But then again, who knows? It’s one of them, isn’t it?
All’s I know is [Pianeta is] in my way. Mission [is to] seek and destroy on Saturday night, get him out of there nice and quick, so we can go home. And then we’ll see what Mr. Wilder has to say in the ring.
Original Story: Boxing Scene