British boxing heavyweight Tyson Fury looks to continue his triumphant return to the sport next weekend as he takes on Francesco Pianeta in his second bout since returning from a two-year absence.
Fury upheld his 26-fight undefeated record after finishing Sefer Seferi in the fourth round of their June bout, which saw the 29-year-old return to his hometown of Manchester.
Next, Fury has set his sights on Pianeta, as the two look to square off at Windsor Park in Belfast next weekend.
A second win in just three months would be an absurd feat if Fury can get the job done, but it’s exactly the kind of pace he needs to be pushing if he wants to return to the championship picture.
In the build-up to the fight, one of Fury’s sparring partners has revealed exactly the kind of form the Gypsy King is in.
Danish heavyweight Kem Ljungquist, 28, has said Fury has taken on board coach Ben Davison’s advice on cutting down the showboating.
He said, whilst speaking exclusively to British Boxing News: “He really impressed me, he’s very good.
“He’s light on his legs with good movement and really hard to hit.
“A very awkward fighter. There is no doubt he is something special.”
Ljungquist also said Fury’s impressive movement has resulted in him being confident enough to ignore pre-fight safety precautions.
He continued: “He is even sparring without a head guard because he’s almost never hit.
“But I think I made a good account for myself, and I made it back to Denmark in one piece.”
“I think we have a similar style. We are both quite defensive but explosive at the same time. However, there is a lot I can learn from him when it comes to his speed and mobility.”
Fury and Pianeta sparred in Germany back in 2012 before Pianeta challenged both Wladimir Klitschko and Ruslan Chagaev for the world titles.
Fury says he was impressed by what the Italian could do even six years ago.
He said: “He was tough, strong, and he is a good opponent, very good.
“People say this is a big step up from Seferi and they can say what they want. But Seferi went the distance with a current world heavyweight champion, Manuel Charr.”
Some betting sites are listing Fury as the 1/100 favourite to win next weekend’s clash.
Can the Gypsy King make it 27-0? It would certainly be a major step towards a tantalising fight between him and Deontay Wilder or Anthony Joshua.