ROPE-A-DOPE: Who did it better – Tyson Fury or Muhammad Ali?
Tyson Fury wasted no time impressing the Belfast crowd on Saturday night as the former world heavyweight champion brought back shades of Muhammad Ali in the very first minute of the first round.
The 30 year-old, already the greatest top division mover of his time, rivalled Ali in the Rope-A-Dope stakes when completely frustrating Francesco Pianeta.
Looking at the stats for Fury v Pianeta, the Italian-German opponent landed only 37 punches in the whole ten rounds as the ‘lineal ruler’ secured his place alongside Deontay Wilder in a huge blockbuster this year.
Compubox said: Scaling 18 pounds lighter than in his first comeback fight two months earlier, Fury’s improved hand and foot speed enabled him to easily out-speed and out-box the plodding Pianeta, who offered precious little resistance as he landed just 37 punches in 10 rounds-and never more than 6 in any round.
Fury maintained an active pace (62 per round to Pianeta’s 22.8- hvt. avg.: 45), and while his jab was nullified by the German-based Italian’s southpaw stance (7 of 394, 2%), Fury’s accurate power punching (44% to Pianeta’s 20%) more than compensated. Fury went to the body effectively, as 45% of his landed punches were to the flanks of the statuesque
Pianeta (compubox avg.: 24.3%). Fury excelled in rounds 6-10 as he out-landed Pianeta 71-21 overall en route to connect leads of 107-37 overall, 7-1 jabs and 100-36 power. Referee Steve Gray’s scoring: 100-90 Fury.