Tyson Fury (10-0, 8 KO’s) weighed in at a career high of 270 pounds for tonight’s rematch against John McDermott (25-6, 16 KO’s) when they contest the vacant BBBofC English heavyweight title at the Brentwood Centre, Brentwood, Essex. The fight also doubles as a eliminator for a British title shot.
Fury, 22, weighed in at nine pounds heavier than his previous career high of 261, which Fury fought at last year in his unimpressive six round decision over Tomas Mrazek in September 2009.
Fury says he has been a lot of negative comments thrown his way since the last fight, when many people thought McDermott won it, but for Fury to be awarded the decision by referee Terry O’Connor 98-92 in September.
Fury, claims he will quit if he does not beat McDermott, the much-hyped Mancunian, born from an Irish traveller family, and named after his dad’s hero Mike Tyson turned professional in a blaze of glory after winning the 2008 ABA Championships under Steve Egan, and has since gone on to have an array of trainers, which as not helped his professional progress and as effected his training regimes.
|Fury “after this there will be no more questions.”|
“I took the fight to rescue my name,” he said. “There has been a lot of rubbish spoken about me and I’m going to put it right. That’s what you do in life – if you mess up, you put it right.
“If anything, I was disappointed with myself after the first fight. I didn’t do what I know I can do. People are going to see a different Tyson Fury.
“I’ve improved a lot since the last fight, had two more fights and got more experience.
“I know McDermott will be fired up, but I don’t believe he can be in any better shape than he was in the first fight.
“That was the best performance of his career. But it wasn’t a case of what he did that was so special – it was that I was so bad.
“He’s a competitive guy and experienced, but I was terrible on the night. I didn’t land the proper punches – it was a bad performance all round.
“But after this there will be no more questions.”
McDermott was devastated after losing the first fight in such contentious circumstances, prompting Maloney to describe him as the ‘unluckiest heavyweight in the world’ following two points losses to Danny Williams in British title fights.
“He has gone the distance with Danny Williams twice and was robbed in both fights,” he said. “He was definitely robbed in the first Fury fight.
“It was a disgrace to British boxing and hopefully that will be corrected when John gets the chance to prove it.”
|McDermott and Fury weigh in for the rematch|
McDermott, though, insists there is no bad blood between him and Fury, despite his opponent often taunting him over his weight with jibes of ‘McMuffin’.
“I’ve got nothing but respect and admiration for Tyson Fury,” he said. “He put up a fantastic fight and I’ve got nothing but admiration for the guy.
“I’m not asking for favouritism, I don’t care where there show was, if it was in Manchester I was happy to go to Manchester, I was happy to go to Brentwood.
“If I win I win, if I lose I lose, all I want is a fair crack at it.”
Frank Maloney who stages ‘Conspiracy Fury’ said: “The only criticism I have of John is that he doesn’t always believe in his own ability and that is the last thing he needs installing.
“He recently changed trainers and is with Jim McDonnell. If Jim cannot give him a kick up the backside and a bit of belief nobody will.
“John spends plenty of time telling him what he should and shouldn’t be doing. For a big man he is one of the nicest men I met and one of the biggest worriers.
“He worries more than my wife and that is something we have got to try and stop him doing. I have been to a charity dance with him and he even worries when he’s dancing.
“If we can stop him doing that he can go a helluva long way.”
McDermott admits himself to being a worrier and that he often questions his preparation, but says he is ready this time.
“I do worry beforehand, but when I get in there I am gutsy and will push anyone until the end, said McDermott.
“I worry about silly things sometimes, but that is just me.
“I always question myself and ask ‘Am I ready?’ But I know I am ready for this fight – this is a big one for me.” he added.
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In a big clash of prospects Southern Area heavyweight champion Larry ‘The War Machine’ Olubamiwo meets North Shields Dave Ferguson (12-2) in a British heavyweight title eliminator.
Other heavyweight bruisers on the bill includes Olympic bronze medallist David Price (6-0), Tom Dallas (10-0) and much talked about debutant Dillian ‘The Villain’ Whyte.
Also boxing on Maloney’s latest knockout show is are Ashley Sexton (9-0-1), Menay Edwards (3-0), Tony Hill (4-1) and Lewis Pettit (1-0).
Tickets for Conspiracy Fury are available prices £40 and £90 from 0871 226 1508 and www.frankmaloney.com
Beting Odds Fury T 4/9, McDermott J 7/4, Draw 33/1 www.fightingtips.co.uk
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