8th July 2012
British heavyweight hope Tyson Fury from Manchester kept his unbeaten record intact with a 5th round stoppage of limited but tough American Vinny Maddalone to win the vacant WBO Intercontinental belt in Clevedon on Saturday night.
Fury, 23, is the new terrestrial tv boxing star with his fights now headlining Channel 5’s venture into prizefighting. And the 6′ 9″ undefeated former British and commonwealth champion is relishing the spot-light and looking in good shape and a good frame of mind as he looks to chase a world title shot next year against Wladimir Klitschko.
Now rated in the top 10 in the world Fury easily improved his 19-fight unbeaten record with a classy fifth-round technical knockout after the referee stepped in to stop the fight after Fury subjected Maddalone to a sustained painfull beating.
Maddalone’s eye was cut in the fight and his face became progressively more swollen as he took stiff jabs and right hands from a focussed and patient Fury, who picked his punches well.
Maddalone was too brave for his own good at times and took some big shots without going down. He tried his best to t-off his big right hand on Fury’s chin, but he was too slow and Fury’s movement and speed of shot had him dazzled and By the 5th he was spent and with blood streaming down the veteran American’s face, the referee did the right thing and stepped in to end this one sided beating.
Before the stoppage even Fury himself felt Maddalone had took enough and on a couple of occasion signalled himself to the referee to step in. He eventually did to bring an end to the fight. “I knew it was a matter of time. I actually called the referee over, he was taking some big shots,” Fury said afterwards.
“I’m still undefeated. I would like to say I’m ready for anyone in the world. Klitschkos: bring them on. Americans: bring them on. “Bring on Tomasz Adamek. He’s too small for me and I see an early win for me.” Promoter Mick Hennessy played down any thoughts of a Klitschko fight in the near future, before hinting Pole Adamek could be next for his man.
“It (a world title fight) is getting closer. We’re still one fight at a time. He’s 23. To pull off a result like that tonight was unbelievable. That was a masterclass,” he said. “I’m liking Adamek, either here or in the US.
A fight with unbeaten Liverpool heavyweight David Price is a fight a lot of fans are calling for, but with that fight not going to happen anytime soon, with Fury looking to go down the world title route before facing his British rival. But make no mistake if the pair keep winning and going in the same direction, their paths will eventually cross and the meeting would be Hugh and who knows worthy of an all British world title fight that would rival next weeks David Haye and Dereck Chisora match-up as one of the most anticipated all British heavyweight contests.
Bristol’s Lee Haskins won the vacant European bantamweight title with a good hard fought win over former British champion Stuart Hall in an interesting match-up that produced a good entertaining fight.
Switch hitting Haskin’s boxed well and Hall couldnt use his height and reach to his advantage, with the Bristol man using his own attributes of speed and tricky switch hitting style to outfox Hall.
Haskins was the deserved winner over the distance and controlled most of the fight from centre ring and performed well against a determined and always game Hall who pushed him allm the way.
Judges scores at the end of the fight read Mark Green, 118-111, Ian John-Lewis, 117-111 and Terry O’Connor, 118-110. Giving Haskin’s now the win that may see him go on to fight for a world title a realise his dreams.
Chris Eubank Jr, had the toughest night of his fledgling professional career to date when he was pushed all the way by the heavily tattooed Birmingham tough guy Terry Carruthers.
Eubank boxed well and shown his full repotore of fast accurate shots to the head and body of Carruthers, but the more he hit the Midlander the more determined and resolute he seemed to get and fought back admirably to keep himself always in the fight.
Class always shows though and overall Eubanks smartness and impressive work rate saw him come through a good test in a very good fight winning 59-57 on Referee Grant Wallis’ scorecard.
Former British light-welterweight champion Lenny Daws scored his third win on the bounce since his title loss to Ashley Theophane, when he scored a 7th round Ko over Somersets Dean Mills. Londoner Daws will now be looking to get a shot at his old Lonsdale belt which is currently held by Darren Hamilton.
Other results on the Clevedon bill
Michael Graydon beat Jason Nesbitt on points over 4 rounds
Ricky Dennis Pow beat Jody Meikle on points over 6 rounds
Michael Ramabelesta beat Ashley Lane on points over 6 rounds
Phill Fury beat Andrew Patterson on points over 6 rounds
Tauka Mucha beat Liam Griffiths on points over 4 rounds
By Chris Maylett
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