Tyson to Unleash Fury
On Two Time World Title Challenger!
(July 12th) Tyson Fury will face two-time world heavyweight title challenger Francesco Pianeta in his second comeback fight next month.
The lineal heavyweight champion will face the 6ft 5in Italian on Frank Warren’s blockbuster open air show at Belfast’s Windsor Park on Saturday August 18, which is live on BT Sport.
Fury, 29, ended a layoff of more than two and half years last month when Sefer Seferi retired on his stool after four rounds and southpaw Pianeta is a step up in class for the Manchester man.
German based Pianeta (35-4-1) has 21 knockout wins on his record but fell short in world championship challenges against Wladimir Klitschko and Ruslan Chagaev.
Warren said: “The Seferi fight is history and Pianeta is a far better operator than him. His level of opposition tells you that.
“Tyson had been out of boxing for a long time and Pianeta is a good opponent for what is Tyson’s second fight back after his break.
“Tyson had a short rest after Seferi but is back in full time camp ready for this challenge in Belfast.
“He needs rounds under his belt before moving on to the next level and this fight will do that and make him work for his win.”
Pianeta, 33, is a former WBO European and EBU EU champion and knows beating Fury will put him in line for another world title fight.
Hall of Fame promoter Warren added: “I am sure Pianeta will get into the Belfast ring desperate to upset Tyson.”
Fury (26-0) became the world’s premier heavyweight and Ring Magazine champion when he took the IBF, WBA and WBO belts from Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 – becoming the first man to defeat the Ukrainian great in more than 11 years.
The Belfast bill is topped by local superstar, WBO ‘interim’ featherweight champion Carl Frampton who faces Australian challenger Luke Jackson.
Another Irish star Paddy Barnes is in world title action when he challenges Nicaragua’s feared WBC champion Cristofer Rosales.
Among the undercard action is a cracking Belfast v Dublin clash between Steven Ward and Steve Collins Jr. Lewis Crocker, WBO European middleweight champion Luke Keeler and Marco McCullough are also in action.
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Irish Stars To Join Frampton,
Fury & Barnes on Windsor Park Bill!
(July 5th) Hall of Fame Promoter Frank Warren has today confirmed further undercard details for the Windsor Park event on Saturday 18th August, headlined by Belfast Hero Carl Frampton’s defense of his Interim WBO World Featherweight Title against Australian Luke Jackson. Frampton v Jackson will be broadcast live and exclusive in the UK on BT Sport.
An already mouthwatering undercard has been further strengthened with the addition of a BUI Celtic Title showdown between Steve Collins Jr and Steven Ward and slots for Irish stars Luke Keeler, Lewis Crocker and Marco McCullough.
The bill also features The Lineal World Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury, who continues his journey towards reclaiming the World Title belts that he never lost in the ring and Double Olympic Medalist Paddy Barnes’ challenge for the WBC World Flyweight Title against Chrisofer Rosales.
In a surefire barnstormer, Collins Jr (12-1-1-KO4) and Ward (7-0-KO3) will clash with ‘Quiet Man’ Ward enjoying home advantage and looking to preserve his unbeaten professional record.
Collins Jr – son of two-weight world champion and Irish Boxing Legend Steve Collins – will be looking to make his mark in his first fight of 2018 having been narrowly denied the Irish title by a points defeat to Paddy McDonagh last year.
Dublin’s WBO European middleweight champion Luke Keeler (14-2-1-KO5), was highly impressive in securing the vacant belt with a points victory over Conrad Cummings at Belfast’s SSE Arena in April will make the first defence of his crown against a top rated opponent.
Further down the card, welterweight KO king Crocker (6-0-KO6) is looking to continue his astonishing start to life as a professional.
The Belfast boy has halted all six of his opponents to date inside three rounds – the latest feat a savage first-round stoppage of Adam Grabiec on the undercard of Michael Conlan’s homecoming.
Another local star added to the action is super-featherweight Marco McCullough (19-4-KO11), who is out for the second time this year after outclassing Arnoldo Solano on the undercard of Carl Frampton v Nonito Donaire in April.
McCullough has previously challenged for Irish, British, European and Commonwealth belts and is looking to continue his journey back into title reckoning.
Promoter Frank Warren said: ‘I’m delighted that further Irish talent has been added to this already bumper card. The Ward v Collins Jr showdown is set to be a great fight for the fans on a card that already boasts Frampton v Jackson, The Lineal World Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury and Paddy Barnes’ World Title challenge against Cristofer Rosales.
I’ve been very impressed so far with Lewis Crocker who looks to have a great future and in my experience of promoting cards where Marco McCullough and Luke Keeler have featured, they are always in entertaining fights.
This is set to be the biggest night of boxing to ever take place in Belfast and we can’t wait to watch it all unfold amongst what I’m sure will be a fantastic atmosphere and a full house at Windsor Park.’
Carl Frampton / Luke Jackson Windsor Park Presser!
“I thought last year Windsor Park had passed but Frank and the Irish Football Association have done a great job.
“I come here and watch the football team and the atmosphere cannot be beaten anywhere in the world. It’s like 80,000 fans giving you support.
“I respect any opponent especially when they are coming to Windsor Park. “There are bigger ﬁghts but I cannot overlook Luke. Windsor Park need me to put on a big performance.
“Luke is an Olympian, an undefeated ﬁghter and this can change his life if he beats me in a ﬁght of this magnitude.
“This is a tougher ﬁght than Scott Quigg who is just looking for a payday.”
“I genuinely think I am better than three years ago and even big Tyson Fury wouldn’t beat me at Windsor Park.”
“To have Tyson on the undercard and Paddy in a world title ﬁght is something else.”
“My father told me I have Irish ancestors so I’m home.”
“I’m a fan of Carl and he is humble. He is very good and I am going to have to be at my best.
“Carl doesn’t do anything great, but he is fundamentally sound and I am here to win. I am not here by luck.
“It has taken 16 years and got here through hard work and dedication.”
“I roomed with Jeff Horn at London 2012 and to see him beat Manny Pacquiao gives me hope and I have this massive opportunity.
“My life will change overnight if I win. I have been proving people wrong for a long time and I am ready to do it again.”
“I have been pretty vocal that I wanted Oscar Valdez, but this is even better. This is why we do it.”
“This will be my fourth time boxing in Belfast and I cannot wait.”
“Seferi was 23-1 but as soon as I clipped him he didn’t want to know. I can’t complain. I am still good looking.
“I hope we get someone who will punch me in the face, bust my face, bust my nose and I can show them.”
“I am still hoping for four ﬁghts this year.”
Frampton’s Windsor Dreams Come True!
(June 18th) Carl Frampton will realize a career-long dream when he defends his WBO Interim World Featherweight Title against Luke Jackson on the pitch at Windsor Park, Belfast, on August 18, on a card that also features Paddy Barnes challenging for the WBC World Flyweight title and the second fight of Tyson Fury on the comeback trail.
The 31-year-old two-weight world champion Frampton, who rolled back the years with a memorizing performance to win the WBO belt against Nonito Donaire last time out at the SSE Arena in April, takes on the unbeaten Australian from Hobart in a bid to keep his ambitions to once again rule the featherweight roost on track.
The 33-year-old Jackson, 16-0, is the holder of the WBO Oriental Title, having previously held the WBA Oceania belt. He also captained the Australian boxing team at the 2012 London Olympics and won Commonwealth Games bronze in 2006.
Frampton acknowledges his challenger could be deemed something of an unknown quantity to fight fans in the Northern Hemisphere but will in no way take victory on the night for granted.
“He is and I think a lot of people will expect to just to beat him up and blow him away,” commented Belfast’s favorite fighting son. “But he is ranked No.4 by the WBO, he is an Olympian with a good pedigree and is undefeated.
“So, I will need to be ready and in the shape of my life. It is a big occasion with being at Windsor Park and that is the real thing here. I think that people who are coming to watch me perform at Windsor Park deserve for me to be in the shape of my life and put on a good show.
“That is what I intend to do and then move on and hopefully fight for a world title before the end of the year.
“I imagine some people will have been expecting a different opponent, but the fact I am not fighting a world champion is the fault of nobody. Josh Warrington beating Lee Selby sort of threw a spanner in the works for us because I think Selby would’ve come to Belfast.
“Oscar Valdez is out injured, Gary Russell has just fought and Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares also just fought. That’s it really; the top guys just aren’t available. It is good for me to get a defense in here.
“This is a dream for me and it is something I have talked about for a long time. You never know what happens in this game, it could be the one and only time I get to fight at Windsor Park.
“It is going to be a special occasion for myself and my family. For the people who are going to come and watch it there is going to be a top-quality undercard as well and I think it will be a night to remember for Belfast.
“There was talk of waiting, but I wanted to do it because opportunities like this don’t come around too often. It is a dream of mine, I wanted to do it and that is the be all and end all.”
Hall of Fame promoter, Frank Warren, added: “We are delivering on a promise I made to Carl to ensure his dream of fighting at Windsor Park becomes a reality.
“The world title challenge we envisaged we unfortunately could not bring to fruition at this time but Carl is up against a hungry, unbeaten challenger in Luke Jackson who, as I often say, will not be coming to just make up the numbers.
“World title shots will come again soon enough for Carl and we have the IBF champion Josh Warrington waiting in the wings for a huge fight not too far down the line. Carl will also remain in pole position to challenge the WBO full champion Oscar Valdez when he returns from injury, should he overcome Jackson.
“Carl, as ever, will always be the focal point of a fight night in Belfast, but we are also planning a huge card for the Belfast public to feast their eyes on and two major attractions we have already confirmed is Tyson Fury making his fourth appearance in the city in his second fight of his comeback, as well as Paddy Barnes attempting to achieve the remarkable feat of winning a world title in just his sixth professional fight.
“It is certain to be a special night and I am sure Windsor Park will be packed to the rafters creating an atmosphere we have never heard the like of before.”
Barnes challenges for the WBC World Flyweight title against the Nicaraguan Cristofer Rosales, 27-3, who claimed the belt in a huge upset win over the previously unbeaten Japanese Daigo Higa in April, with a ninth-round stoppage in Yokahoma.
“It is going to be an amazing night where I get to fight for a world title in my home city, so I cannot wait until it happens,” said the 31-year-old two-time Olympic medalist.
“The fact it is for the WBC title means even more, the green belt is the best one in boxing so it makes it even more special.
“Rosales is good at what he does, but I feel I have the skill to outfight and outbox him. It will be a very, very hard fight though.
“People will talk about me fighting for a world title after just six fights, but I don’t view it as a gamble because of my history as an amateur.
“As a professional, right from the offset, I said that I wanted to create history because we already have world champions in Belfast. So, for me to stand out I need to create history by doing it the quickest.
“I don’t think winning a world title after six fights will ever be matched again here.”