David Haye Exclusive: Fury to set up cracking clash with Wilder
Betfair Ambassador David Haye looks ahead to Tyson Fury and Carl Frampton's fights on Saturday night and discusses what comes next for the British pair...
"Wilder is dynamite with both fists, a real warrior. He has knocked out everyone he has faced so far and, on paper, you'd have to say he'd be the favourite to beat Fury, if only because Tyson has only had had one fight in in the two and a half years since he beat Klitschko."
Tyson is overwhelming favourite but a boxer can never afford to be complacent
Fury is as short as 1/100 in the betting but sometimes when you're the overwhelming favourite you can get a false sense of security, complacency is something he'll have to guard against.
But knowing how much is at stake here - a mouthwatering contest with WBC champion Deontay Wilder - Tyson will know he can't afford to get a bad cut or an injury, let alone a shock stoppage. He'll need to win in a clear and concise manner to show the world that he means business and is ready for that fight against Wilder.
In the fight against Sefer Seferi in June, Fury wasn't taking it too seriously - at one point he was looking at a fight in the crowd - and it didn't seem like his life was on the line; he went through the motions as he knew he was simply too good for his opponent.
Pianeta is a decent fighter - he's 6ft 5in and has been in the ring 40 times, only losing four, so Fury will need to be focused. The fight will give us a better indication of where Tyson is at, both physically and mentally.
Prediction: I think it will be a conclusive victory for Tyson, with a knockout within the first five rounds (an 11/10 #OddsOnThat special on the Sportsbook) Pianeta is a southpaw, so I'm expecting a straight right or an upper cut to end it.
Fury v Wilder a hugely exciting prospect
Once Tyson gets past Pianeta we've got ourselves a cracking fight - I've heard that Fury v Wilder is now very, very close to being agreed.
With Joshua and Wilder to date being unable to agree terms for a fight, this is a very exciting second option with two big personalities who aren't afraid to say what they think. I've also heard The Ring magazine may reinstate its belt for the fight, which would be fantastic.
Wilder has physical edge but Fury is a nightmare to face
Wilder is dynamite with both fists, a real warrior. He has knocked out everyone he has faced so far and, on paper, you'd have to say he'd be the favourite to beat Fury, if only because Tyson has only had had one fight in in the two and a half years since he beat Klitschko.
Regular fights keep you in shape all year round, you're getting fitter and fitter with each one. That's where the advantage for Wilder will be - there were reports of Fury hitting 30 stone when he was out of the game, and that doesn't help the body. You could see it in his body shape in the last fight; he was a lot softer than in the Klitschko encounter.
But Fury is so unpredictable - I don't think even he knows what he's going to do next! He has an unorthodox, rangy style - not something you'd teach a kid as a coach, but he's a boxer's worst nightmare. In many ways, it was a boxing masterclass against Klitschko, who then pushed Joshua all the way 15 months later, summing up just how good Tyson was on the night.
It will be a classic encounter and great for the heavyweight division as a whole. We've also got the potential of a Dereck Chisora v Dillian Whyte pay-per-view rematch, which would be another entertaining affair - two fighters going toe-to-toe from first bell till last. Exciting times!
The Jackal should do the job in style
Fury v Pianeta is on the undercard for Carl Frampton on Saturday night - not often you'll say that for an undefeated former heavyweight world champion! And it sums up what Carl brings to the table; he's one of those special fighters. He trains hard and is a superb technical boxer, with a big personality.
The Jackal is in his prime and this is his time to shine. Luke Jackson is 16-0 and not to be taken lightly, but I think Frampton wins pretty handily, I can see it finishing with a left hook to the body in rounds 9-12, currently 11/4 on the Sportsbook.
I'd like Carl to then focus on homegrown talent for his next fights, get the public's juices flowing. Josh Warrington is one that jumps out as a bout to get people excited.