Fury: I won’t be clown­ing around now

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By SHELDAN KEAY

TYSON Fury in­sists it will be strictly busi­ness dur­ing his next fight - and that we won’t see a re­peat of the clown­ing an­tics he dis­played dur­ing his come­back last month.

The Manch­ester boxer con­tin­ues his ca­reer re­vival when he faces Francesco Pianeta at Wind­sor Park in Belfast on Au­gust 18.

It will come two months af­ter his fight at the Manch­ester Arena in June, where he de­feated Se­fer Se­feri, who re­tired in his cor­ner at the end of the fourth round.

Fury re­ceived some crit­i­cism for not tak­ing that fight se­ri­ously, but he is adamant he will be fully switched on for the show­down against for­mer world ti­tle chal­lenger Pianeta.

“We saw the joker in the last camp, we saw the show­man, the en­ter­tainer. My trainer Ben Dav­i­son wants a se­ri­ous ap­proach this time and that is what he’ll get. It will be all busi­ness in Belfast,” said Fury.

“Ev­ery­thing is great, but if he wants me to be se­ri­ous about this fight then I will be se­ri­ous. I’m not se­ri­ous about any­thing in my whole life, ev­ery­thing is like fun and games - even Wladimir Kl­itschko. I wasn’t se­ri­ous, I was do­ing all dance moves.

“But lis­ten, if Ben wants se­ri­ous, Ben will get se­ri­ous. I’ll go in there and do my job and that’s it. I won’t even smile once!”

Pro­moter Frank War­ren agrees that Fury needs to be more fo­cused this time, and he is con­fi­dent the for­mer world heavy­weight cham­pion will be back to his best when he steps into the ring with Pianeta.

“I don’t be­lieve we will have him play­ing up to the crowd on this oc­ca­sion be­cause he will need to be more busi­ness-like in a riskier fight and also be­cause of his de­sire to start putting a marker down once again in the heavy­weight di­vi­sion,” said War­ren.

“Tyson in­forms me he has shifted a bit more weight since his first re­turn and this fight is about con­tin­u­ing to nudge him to­wards op­ti­mum fit­ness, which is where he needs to be be­fore he is re­ally stepped up.

“That be­ing said, peo­ple will al­ways talk about giv­ing him a proper step up, but I don’t think any of them will re­ally rep­re­sent a for­mi­da­ble ob­sta­cle once Tyson is fully on his game.”

Tyson Fury with his last op­po­nent Se­fer Se­feri

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