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Tyson Fury vs. Francesco Pianeta Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/18/18

Francesco Pianeta vs. Tyson Fury

Boxing: Saturday August 18, 2018 (Windsor Park)

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Tyson Fury and Francesco Pianeta fight Saturday at Windsor Park.

Tyson Fury enters this fight with a 26-0 record that includes 19 knockouts. This will be Fury’s second fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a June victory over Sefer Seferi. Fury won his comeback fight rather easily, as his opponent refused to fight after the fourth round. It’s fair to say however that it wasn’t the toughest competition in the world for Fury, and he was more than 50 pounds heavier, which is a significant advantage as well. Fury is still a rather massive guy and you would like to see him get in better shape if he has real goals of being considered one of the best fighters in the world. Fury is 29 years old, stands at 6’9”, has an 85-inch reach and an orthodox stance. When in good form, Fury puts together crisp combinations and throws every punch with a purpose and has ridiculous power puncher. Fury is the type of guy who doesn’t need to land clean to drop his opponent. Fury has great footwork, moves well for his size and has great punch selection. Once Fury is 100 percent committed to the sport and is in better shape, he has the ability to become one of the top boxers pound for pound. However, that dedication has yet to be seen given his personal preambles over the years. This will be Fury’s fourth career fight in Northern Ireland.

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Tyson Fury vs. Francesco Pianeta Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/18/18

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Francesco Pianeta enters this fight with a 35-4-1 record that includes 21 knockouts. Pianeta has won four of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a June loss to Petar Milas. Pianeta is coming off a rather embarrassing loss for the IBO International heavyweight title, so you can make a strong argument that he doesn’t deserve this fight. Pianeta is a 33-year-old German who stands at 6’5” and has a southpaw stance. Pianeta is one of those fighters who hasn’t exactly put everything together to really take his career to the next level, and he’s been on the losing side of nearly all of his big fights. Pianeta doesn’t have great movement, can be sloppy with his footwork and is a rather easy guy to hit for an above-average fighter. The good news for Pianeta is that he has a good straight left and can be effective on counters. Pianeta also has clear pop in his hands considering seven of his last eight victories have ended in knockout. Pianeta is far from the most polished boxer in the world, but his awkwardness and punching power gives him a punchers chance here. This will be Pianeta’s first career fight in the UK.

Fury has a long way to go before returning to being one of the faces of this sport and the dominating force he was supposed to be. However, Fury did show enough in his last bout that suggests he should be able to beat Pianeta, a guy who is a stationary target and usually folds when he steps up in competition. Pianeta doesn’t have a lot of quality wins on his resume, and he’s fresh off an awful loss. Even an overweight and still rusty Fury should get the best of the German here.

Fury remains unbeaten.

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