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Tyson Fury promises to get serious as Deontay Wilder arrives to confirm WBC heavyweight rumble

Tyson Fury Francesco Pllaneta ahead of his big night at Windsor Park on Saturday night, with Tyson Fury tackles two-time world title challenger Francesco Pianeta. .Paddy Barnes challenges WBC World Flyweight champion Cristofer Rosales for his world championship picture Bill Smyth.
Andy Watters

WITH WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder barking smiling threats from the side of the stage, Tyson Fury weighed in for tonight's Windsor Park rumble vowing to get “serious” against Francesco Pianeta.

Beating the German will seal the deal for a world title rumble with 40-0 American Wilder who arrived in Belfast yesterday and is expected to confirm a November date in Las Vegas against the former WBO, WBA and IBF champion.

Fury returned after nearly three years out of action against little-known Sefer Seferi in June and is determined to box like a genuine contender tonight.

“It's all business in Belfast,” he said.

“Everything has gone great, and if Ben (Davidson, his trainer) wants me to be serious about this fight then I will be serious.

“I'm not normally serious about anything in my life, everything is fun and games - even (defeating Wladimir) Klitschko. I wasn't serious - I was doing dance moves, everything. But Ben wants this serious, he will get serious.

“I'll go in there and do my job and that's it. I won't even smile once. I feel totally rejuvenated; I'm even talking better.”

Meanwhile, Wilder will climb into the ring after tonight's fight and begin to turn up the heat on the self-styled ‘Gypsy King'.

“As soon as he gets this guy out of the way, it's done,” said Wilder at the Europa Hotel yesterday.

“That's how simple it is. We're two fighters who want to fight each other and we're happy. Me and Fury, we talked to each other and we made the fight. We got together and it happened overnight. When two fighters want to fight, they're going to fight.”

He added: “I don't have a message for Anthony Joshua.

“This is all about Fury. Joshua is old news, this is the new news. This is the new wave and I want everyone to spread the word: The champion is here baby and he's going to take out Tyson Fury.

“Tyson Fury I'm coming!

“I want Tyson to be superb because he is the true champion on this side of the pond and now he's going to face the long-reigning WBC champion, the king, the man, the myth, the legend. The bronze bomber.”

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