Tyson Fury eyes English and Irish titles this year – News
By Liam Santiago: British heavyweight prospect Tyson Fury (6-0-0, 6ko’s), is aiming to win the English ad Irish title belts in the next few months. The unbeaten Manchester star has been made mandatory challenger for John McDermott’s English Heavyweight title with the fight likely to happen in late November. Furys is also elegible to challenge for the Irish title, as his Father and Grandmother hold strong Irish roots.
Although the title has been inactive since 1997, Fury, ranked 9th in the British heavyweight division, has high hopes of being the first to capture it since Kevin McBride in 1997.
In his last bout, Fury was victorious with a second round KO over Irish prospect Scott Belshaw. Although Fury made Belshaw look shockingly bad, he is a usually a very tough fighter, bringing only one defeat to the ring. Much to Fury’s disappointment the Irish title was not on the line here. “I was hoping that the Belshaw fight could have been for the Irish title because I thought it was worthy of it but you need to have been in a scheduled 8 rounder to fight for the Irish belt and the Belshaw fight was my first. It hasn’t been fought for since McBride won it 12 years ago but it has a great tradition so it would be great to see the title active again. I want to win as many titles as I can in this game. I’d love to start out with the Irish and English titles and then move on to British, Commonwealth and European titles before going on to the world scene”.
Tyson already has a number of Irish opponents in mind, capable of fighting for the Irish title, and as usual there are very few actually willing to step up and fight the Manchester knock-out artist. He was intrested in a couple of undefeated Irish fighters, but the word is they have no intrest in the Irish title whatsoever. “There are actually a couple of unbeaten Irish heavyweights out there who you’d think would jump at the chance of fighting for the Irish title. Declan Timlin and Coleman Barrett are both unbeaten in 7 fights and they’re both from Galway but like everyone else I don’t think they want to know about it”.
Tyson’s Uncle and trainer, Hughie Fury, is adamant that very few of these ‘prospects’ will fight his nephew. “When Tyson was an amateur he was a member of the Smithboro club in County Monaghan but none of the Irish Super heavyweights wanted to know about him and it will be the same in the pro’s. He’d fight Timlin and Barrett in the same night, they’d be no match for him”.
Tyson and his trainer might seem very abrupt about Tyson’s future in boxing, but he clearly has all the talent and desire to back up his claims. It seems there are very few heavyweights in Britain that could trouble Fury, even at this early stage in his career and even fewer that would contemplate stepping into the ring with him. If he can perform like he is doing now, after only 6 fights, he will be untouchable at his peak.
Tyson’s next bout is on 18th July on the undercard of Nathan Cleverly vs Danny McIntosh at York Hall, London. Also on the bill is Jon Thaxton fighting Ireland’s European Union Lightweight Champion Andy Murray.