Tyson Fury has condemned rival Derek Chisora following the British heavyweight champion’s recent broadside to David Haye in which he offered to fight Audley Harrison should Haye choose not to.
“Who is Chisora to criticise a world champion like David Haye in the press? He beat a shot Danny Williams to become British champion and instead of running his big mouth off he should be defending his title against me! I’m sick of Chisora ducking me, it’s time for him to put up or shut up, but I bet he’ll vacate his British title rather than fight me,” began Fury to BoxRec News.
Fury’s next outing will be at York Hall on 10 September in a ten-rounder against a still to be confirmed opponent while eight days later Chisora will battle Sam Sexton in a showdown for the British and Commonwealth titles.
“Chisora and Sexton could go either way. I can see Sexton outboxing Chisora for a while but he might get stopped late on. In theory if you’ve beaten someone once you should be able to do it again, so I probably lean towards Chisora (Chisora stopped Sexton in the sixth round when they previously met in June 2008),” reasoned Fury.
“I don’t care who wins, I’d beat both of them one after the other on the same night. I want to become like an old fashioned journeyman and go into other fighters’ backyards and smash these bums up. If Sexton or Chisora won’t fight me I’d love to take on Chris Arreola – he’s another overrated heavyweight and to me he’s just a big pie man who I’d love to beat,” Fury continued.
Last time out the unbeaten Fury set the record straight against John McDermott following their first encounter which Fury controversially won on points. In the rematch, the 6’8 Manchester giant provided glimpses of genuine quality early on but an obvious lack of conditioning allowed McDermott back into contention as a tiring Fury struggled in the middle rounds.
With the fight in the balance, it was Fury though who dug deep into his reserves and floored McDermott three times en route to recording a ninth round stoppage. Afterwards, an emotional Fury revealed his preparations had been hampered through almost a total lack of sparring which incredibly left him reliant on his 25st brother Shane and 11st cousin Phil for target practice. Fury also split with trainer Brian Hughes and returned to his Uncle Hughie Fury in what amounted to a shambolic build-up to the most important fight of the 22-year-old prospect’s career.
“I thought I boxed quite well against McDermott but when you’re doing as much shagging as me it’s important that you have strong legs. If I’m honest I was absolutely f****d from the fourth round due to the lack of preparation and I was close to defeat but I knew that McDermott was just as f****d as me. To beat me it’s quite simple, you’ve got to knock me out, because if you don’t I’ll keep going and eventually I’ll knock you out instead which is exactly what happened against McDermott," said Fury
"I didn’t learn anything different about myself because I always knew I was determined and that I’ll never quit from the amateurs but it’s obvious what needed to change,” he continued.
So, two months on from the McDermott debacle what changes, if any, have been implemented in the Fury camp?
“Quite a few things are different. I’m back training with my Uncle Hughie full-time and he’s got me sparring with some amateurs at Lancashire ABC. I’ve also had a few sparring sessions down in Sheffield (with the Ingles) which has been better for me. It’s probably still not enough though and sometimes I wonder how I’ve managed to remain unbeaten. It’s certainly not down to the sparring that I’ve been getting,” Fury admitted.
Fury will have the opportunity to impress observers in America when his next contest is screened across the US on Showtime’s ShoBox series. With just over ten days to go before fight time however, the identity of Fury’s opponent is still to be officially confirmed. 37-year-old American Donnell Holmes now appears to be the frontrunner after original opponent Jason Gavern withdrew over the weekend.
“Its been really difficult for my promoter Mick Hennessy to match me. I was originally supposed to be fighting a Brazilian Marcelo Luiz Nascimento who is 11-0 with nine stoppages but Showtime rejected him because they think he has a padded record. They’ve also rejected Chaz Witherspoon, Brian Minto and many others because they want me to be facing a top-quality opponent,” stressed Fury.
Ironically, Holmes’ sole defeat in his statistically impressive 37-1-2 (28) record was a four-round technical decision loss against the aforementioned Minto last August after Minto was unable to continue after sustaining a cut eye.