By Keith Idec
With a shouting Deontay Wilder standing nearby, Tyson Fury continued to display Friday just how seriously he has taken his comeback.
The 6-feet-9 Fury stepped on the British Boxing Board of Control’s scale at 258 pounds for his fight Saturday night against Francesco Pianeta. That’s 18 pounds lighter than the former heavyweight champion was when he weighed in two months ago (276) for his technical knockout of Sefer Seferi on June 9 in Manchester, England.
England’s Fury reportedly blew up to nearly 400 pounds at the worst point of his 2½-year layoff, when he battled addiction and mental health issues. Italy’s Pianeta (35-4-1, 20 KOs), a 6-feet-5 southpaw, weighed 254½ pounds Friday at the Europa Hotel in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
If the heavily favored Fury wins their scheduled 10-rounder Saturday night at Windsor Park in Belfast, he is expected to challenge Wilder for the WBC heavyweight title in November in Las Vegas. Frank Warren, Fury’s promoter, has said a deal is essentially done for Fury to face Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs).
The 30-year-old Fury is considered boxing’s lineal heavyweight champion because he hasn’t been beaten since he upset Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015. Fury weighed in at 247 pounds when he out-boxed Ukraine’s Klitschko to win a unanimous decision and captured the IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO titles in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Once Fury and Pianeta weighed in Friday afternoon, Carl Frampton and Luke Jackson both made weight for the main event Saturday night.
Belfast’s Frampton (25-1, 14 KOs), a former featherweight and super bantamweight champ, officially weighed exactly 126 pounds for their 12-round, 126-pound title bout. Australia’s Jackson (16-0, 7 KOs) weighed 124¾ pounds a day before he’ll face Frampton for the WBO interim featherweight title.
BT Sport will televise the Frampton-Jackson and Fury-Pianeta bouts in the United Kingdom. Showtime also will stream those two bouts on its YouTube channel (3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT).
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.