14th June 2011
|LIVE ON CHANNEL 5 – JULY 23|
Tyson Fury the 6ft 9″ Manchester heavyweight named after Mike Tyson, says he has a God given talent, one that will help him make a positive statement, when he challenges Londoner Dereck Chisora for his British and Commonwealth titles at Wembley Arena on July 23, LIVE on Channel 5.
It is great news for fight fans that the contest will be shown live on Channel 5, in what could be the start of the much needed input from terrestrial TV!
Channel 5 have given a strong indication that this could be the start of a solid relationship with boxing and the support of British boxing talent, starting with Fury’s fight against Chisora, 27.
The channel is a partner of Primetime, who have been airing boxing recently on their pay-per-view channel and will do so again on the same night, when Britain’s WBA light-welterweight champion defends his title against former 5 time world champion Zab Judah.
Since securing over 60,000 buys for the fight between Khan and Paul McCloskey back in April, TV channel Primetime proved that they can reach a large audience. They are hoping that the fight with Judah and the popularity of the New Yorker, together with Khan’s rising profile, will see over 100,000 people buy the main course, after the Chisora v Fury appetising free starter!
“We are absolutely delighted we are back on terrestrial TV with Channel 5, it’s a huge deal for us. said Fury’s promoter Mick Hennessy.
“Tyson is a great heavyweight, he is very marketable and a great talker. This gives us the chance to build the fighter and then, when he’s big enough, when he’s a proper household name and the time is right, they can flip him over to their own pay-per-view channel Primetime.”
Unbeaten English champion Fury, 22, has mustard 10 KO’s from his 14 wins and says he will use the motivation of fighting in front of a possible 2 million people tuning in to whip himself into better shape. He is now prepared to take the game more seriously and will look to finally knock himself into condition, body mass wise! And the man of traveling stock, hopes that giving up the junk food and eating healthy, can give him a body that looks the part, to go with his boxing skills and power. Fury who walks around at 20 stone plus, hopes to be down to 18 stone by fight night, by giving up the junk food.
“I am not only fighting for my own future, I am fighting for my family,” said Fury. “I’m very religious. I even take my bible into the dressing room before fights, although I won’t read it at that time. God has given me a talent.” said Fury.
“We are both undefeated, we have a similar KO record and the public want to see us in the same ring. I have the personality and the boxing style to be a major draw on TV. It’s a massive fight, a big launch pad and I want to make a positive statement.
“I know I looked like a fat pig before and I thought I could get away with it because I was big enough to keep winning. But now it’s getting serious and I realise I have to get rid of the junk food. I couldn’t go to the cinema without a ton of popcorn, sweets and ice cream and I would lounge around at home shifting bundles of sugar.
“It never looked as if I’d trained as hard as I do. Now I’m only taking in water, meat, fruit and vegetables, I feel so much healthier and stronger. I also look more the part, which is important to me with the big TV audiences coming.
“When I sparred with Wladimir Klitschko, he looked like a Greek god. I looked in the mirror and saw this flabby lump. But no longer! I’ve found a way now and will make the sacrifices for the few years it takes me to the world champion.” added Fury.